The following was written for Morgan’s Corner in April & May of 2006. Morgan’s Corner was created in 2005 as a way for parents and children to get a better insight into the day-to-day life of food allergies. It was featured at the end of the AllergicChild.com monthly newsletter and covered a wide variety of topics: school, travel, friends, cooking – really anything! Enjoy!
Only once so far. It was to a mining museum. I brought along my Epi Pens and Benadryl just in case if something happens. I have chosen on my next field trip, to Bent’s Old Fort in Eastern Colorado, to go with neither of my parents joining.
What do you have to bring in order to be safe?
I have to bring safe snacks, my own lunch, and of course my Epi Pen. I also bring Benadryl just if I get itchy eyes or something that is mild. I also make sure to have a friend nearby so that he knows what is happening and can tell my teacher to give me my Epi Pen if that would ever be necessary.
What did you experience on a recent field trip that could have been unsafe?
At the mining museum, we panned for gold. I did not participate because from an experience at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. They had a little exploration box where you could dig for dinosaur bones. I could have done it, but on the sign, it said: Sand is made from Walnut Dust. I never did go do that again! At the Mining Museum, there was dirt and things at the bottom, along with gold flakes. I did not want to take risks just in case if the water was some type of oil, or whatever.
Did you feel left out not being able to participate in that?
Actually not. I have to be able to cooperate with my allergies and my life.
What do you plan on doing on your next field trip that goes all day and is 2 ½ hours away by bus to Bent’s Old Fort?
I plan to bring the same things as the Mining Museum trip – snacks, lunch, and my Epi kit which includes all my medicine. I also planned with my teacher that everyone will bring a safe snack and lunch, plus safe things to do, like not trade food things.
Are there any field trips that you wouldn’t want to participate in?
Yes, quite a few. The petting zoo, the cookie factory (if we ever went there), and a lot of other things that wouldn’t be safe for me if they were one of my allergens.
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What advice would you give to a food allergic child starting kindergarten? What should they do and be careful about?
To children starting kindergarten: You should be safe about what you eat and be careful about your surroundings like what other people eat and if you are allergic to what they are eating. You should also never accept a snack from another person. Bring your own food from home always.
What do you remember about kindergarten and your food allergies?
I do vaguely. It was a fun place to be. I always was careful about what I was about to eat. I don’t think I had any problems with anybody in my classroom.
What can young food allergic kids do to keep themselves safe at school?
You should always notify a teacher what you are allergic to and tell them what they can do to keep you safe. You should always have an Epi Pen® at school somewhere close by. Also, you should let other students know in your class about your food allergy or allergies so they also get what’s happening not just from the teacher but by you personally.
What can parents do to keep their children safe at school?
Parents, you can also tell the teacher that your child or children have severe food allergies. Never let your child eat anything that is homemade from other children because it could have been made with or right after something that your child is allergic to. You should volunteer a lot so you know what’s happening at school and also so you can keep your child or children safe.