Trains, planes…and nut allergies

No matter the mode of transportation, holiday travel holds special challenges for parents.  For many families adding to the chaos is the reality that their child has a dangerous nut allergy.

Dr. Sean Cahill, associate professor at Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine, , gave some tips on how to keep children safe when traveling with a nut allergy.

“The best thing to do is plan ahead. Though you can’t plan for everything being prepared will help keep your child safe and limit your holiday stress. We all know we have enough of it anyway,” said Cahill.

One of the most important tips is to keep your child’s hands and the surfaces your child touches as clean as possible.

Research is showing that dangerous allergic reactions are not caused by inhaled airborne nut particle. Instead a reaction occurs when a child touches a surface that has been exposed to a nut and then ingests the particles.

“Also remember a peanut allergy is not limited to peanuts. Some people with a peanut allergy are allergic to numerous types of nuts and seeds, and nut allergies are often seen in kids with other food allergies, like eggs, or in kids with asthma and eczema,” said Cahill.

For more handy tips from Cahill click here.

– Melanie Enright

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