How to Plan Summer Get Togethers with Allergies

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

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