Clara Lerma, Corporate Manager of Wellness Advantage with Baptist Health South Florida, says having a kid with food allergies involves the entire family. She explains once parents make sure the house is a free zone for allergies, it is a routine to cook meals that are safe or go to restaurants that are also safe for food allergies and have been vetted before.
Clara Lerma, Corporate Manager of Wellness Advantage with Baptist Health South Florida, says for parents with a kid suffering from severe food allergies, it is concerning to teach and educate the children and adults that are in that child's everyday life. It is very important for them to be aware of how serious the situation is. She explains parents have to sit down with the educator and let them know the severity of the allergy. If necessary, they can provide the teacher with EpiPens in case accidents happen, because it is always good to be prepared.
Clara Lerma, Corporate Manager of Wellness Advantage with Baptist Health South Florida, explains that total wellness is more than fitness and nutrition; it incorporates maintaining the balance between working and getting home and juggling everything you have in your personal life. She points out it is important to have routines for children, because the routine will help them to establish the knowledge that they need to get into the habit of doing things on a regular basis.
Clara Lerma, Corporate Manager of Wellness Advantage with Baptist Health South Florida, says for trick-or-treating with a kid that has food allergies, you need to have a plan. She recommends going online and finding neighborhoods that will close off the entire neighborhood, because it is safe. Natalie Castro, Registered Dietitian with Baptist Health South Florida, points out the Teal Pumpkin Project, which is a poster that you can put on your door, so families know your house is a safe zone and you are giving out candy items that are allergy free.
Clara Lerma, Corporate Manager of Wellness Advantage with Baptist Health South Florida, says it is very important to make sure you incorporate the family into the daily activities and also leave yourself enough time, not only for you but also for your significant other. She recommends tag teaming if one person makes dinner one night, and that allows the other person to have the Me time to work out or read a book.