Summer is here, and with it comes all of the outdoor activities families, friends and kids seem to live for in the summer: barbeques, pool parties, amusement parks and picnics. While the gatherings are fun, for families with members that suffer from allergies, planning can seem impossible. Here are a few tips to help you plan your next big summer event.

Picnics and Barbeques

  • Make sure that everyone knows about you or your child’s food related allergies.
  • When grilling out, use aluminum foil to prevent contaminating food, especially on public grills.
  • Make food from scratch, versus bringing store bought food, so that you know exactly what ingredients went into the food.
  • Use single-serve, disposable condiment packages.
  • Use tablecloths, especially at public parks or venues.

Avoiding Insect Bites

  • Cover all food and drinks, especially anything sweet, like tea or sodas.
  • Remind everyone in attendance never to swat at bees or other stinging insects. Walking away slowly is the safest bet, as irritating a bee can cause it to sting someone just standing nearby.
  • Always wear close fitting clothing and insect repellant.
  • Pay attention to your surroundings. Bees love flowers, plants and garbage.
  • Always carry an epi-pen. Always.

Ramie Tritt, M.D., President, Atlanta ENT