What does it take for a tween living with severe food allergies to travel? Realistically, it means the responsible adult must be ready for anything. Even with a responsible, well-adjusted, kid…
1. Be prepared! Never allow your young child with food allergies to travel without an allergy pack (containing medical information, snacks, and just-in-case medications.) This makes a HUGE difference down the road when your now tween balks and does not want to draw attention to being different. Our tween has a collection of purses – most recently a Vera Bradley crossbody which helps somewhat. Always carry. No exceptions.
2. Be Proactive! My tween headed to Portland with extended family and packed extra milk-free, egg-free, nut-free, sesame-free treats and snacks – just in case. Sure enough, she reported those little extras – Cliff Organic Twisted Fruit helped make mornings special.
3. Be Open! While in Portland, my tween reportedly tried different food options (fresh salmon, deconstructed mango salad, vegan strawberry cream cheese, crab) she knew were safe. She was thrilled and sent pictures to me via her cell phone (which, by the way, is NOT a substitute for carrying allergy pack).
You never know…At one of the vegan bakeries, an employee stuck a peanut donut in with an assortment. Tween had a bite (not of the peanut one – thank goodness!) and her throat started to feel itchy. Not wanting to make a scene, she mentioned it in passing to present adult. The adult did not pick-up on the cue.
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