Top 5 Rules for a Food Allergy Safe Playdate

Play dates and Food Allergies - how to keep everyone safe

Playdates are the best part about being a kid! Getting to explore someone else's toys, great new hiding spots and their families favorite snacks!  For a food allergy family, sending your child to a playdate brings with it a whole new level of anxiety. For the host family that doesn't have any experience with food allergies, this can seem too daunting. 

Playdates can be fun if a few precautions are taken by both the food allergy family and the host family to ensure all allergen dangers are not invited! 

Top 5 Rules for a Food Allergy Safe Playdate

If a friend with food allergies is coming over for a playdate, it's important to take certain precautions to keep them safe, but it doesn't have to ruin the fun!

Just take a few precautions ahead of time: 

  1. Talk to the parents of the child with food allergies before the playdate to understand the specific allergies and any potential cross-contamination risks. Ask for a list of safe foods that the child can eat and avoid any foods that could trigger an allergic reaction.

  2. Prepare safe snacks and drinks for the playdate that do not contain any of the child's allergens. Packaged snacks (like Allergy Smart cookies!!) that are free of the top 10 most common allergens are an easy way to provide treats everyone can enjoy. If you are not sure if a food item is safe, read the label carefully and call the child's parents to double-check.

  3. Clean and sanitize all surfaces, utensils, and dishes that will be used during the playdate to remove any potential allergens. Use separate utensils, plates, and cups for the child with food allergies to prevent cross-contamination.

  4. Educate your child about the importance of not sharing food with their friend and washing their hands before and after eating. Encourage them to be understanding and supportive of their friend's allergies.

  5. Have an emergency plan in place in case of an allergic reaction. Ask the child's parents for any necessary medications or emergency contact information, and make sure that you and your child know how to use an EpiPen in case of an emergency.

By taking these precautions, you can help ensure a safe and enjoyable playdate for everyone.

What are your favorite allergy safe snacks to have on hand for play dates? 


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