Food Allergy Organization is made easy by Sticker You. When heading back-to-school you need to think of all the areas that you need to be aware of and make others aware of!
Sometimes I think staying ahead of the game is what makes life easier. As a food allergy mom, we always have to be at least 10 steps ahead of the game!
Back-to-school time is busy. As a food allergy parent, you are looking for all the ways to make it easier for your child, their teacher and the school to keep an allergy-safe environment.
In our lives, we like to organization. I feel that being organized in this food allergy worlds, helps us to stay safe. Or at least have a fighting chance at being safer!
At home, because we live in a mixed allergen household, we label things. You might remember my 3 Tips for Avoiding Cross Contamination, in which I shared about labeling and organizing.
While it varies by school and sometimes per classroom, often children have to share supplies. Often they share supplies at a younger age.
For our life threatening almond allergy this does not work. Here is an example of why: Students come back from lunch. Toby had an almond butter sandwich for lunch. As a first grader he is still working on cleaning up after himself. He wipes his hands but doesn’t realize that he missed a spot of almond butter on his hands. He’s back in class and he grabs a marker from the shared supply bin. He uses it and puts it back. Ben then grabs the same marker, uses it and puts it back. Then Ben has an itch on his face. He touches his mouth. Ben didn’t know it but when he touched that marker, almond butter residue from Toby transferred to this hands, it is now on his face and potentially could make it into his mouth.
The transfer of a food allergen is very easy to do. Often times the residue is almost impossible to see. For our food allergy family, we have opted for no shared supplies.
Ben has his own supply bin, where he is the only one that touches the items. All items are as “safe” as they can be because nobody has touched them.
We have used our StickerYou labels to help organize and label his supply bin. When he moves to another room for an activity the bin goes with him. Because it is clearly labeled other teachers and parent volunteers know that he cannot have almonds or gluten.
Having these labels as a visual reminder has been great.
We also do something similar for special treats. Everybody loves to celebrate their birthday at school. Sometimes, we know that a birthday treat is coming in. When we do I can make something similar or extra special for Ben so he can participate and feel included.
Sometimes we do not know it is happening and we use our special treats bin at school. This bin is stocked with allergy friendly snacks. That way Ben has a safe snack on hand to enjoy with this classmates.
We use StickerYou labels because they are waterproof, dishwasher proof, microwave safe, heat resistant, remove cleanly from most surfaces, and can be customized in any way you can think of. I have been using my other set of labels since January. I’ve run them through the dishwasher multiple times. They are STILL going strong!
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Let’s talk! Do you have any tips for helping with food allergy organization? Do you use a labeling system? Leave me a comment!