Although our incident on holiday was an awful experience, we did make a point of getting on and enjoying the rest of our time. We got out of hospital the next day and went straight to the beach. Although it is very scary we are determined that it doesn’t affect our son. We made the choice to go abroad knowing the risks and have learned from it if it happens again. We won’t let allergies get in the way of living a normal life!
Some tips for travelling:
* Make sure you communicate with the hotel before you leave for your holiday and as soon as you get there so they are clear about the situation and can inform the relevant staff
* Make sure you have health insurance which covers your childs condition
* Invest in allergy translation cards if going abroad
* Make sure you have your childs emergency treatment plan in case of a reaction. It is a good idea to laminate this and have it to hand in a seperate bag or compartment along with medication, allergy id card etc
* If you carry medication or an epi-pen, make contact with the airline and obtain a letter from your doctor to say why you must carry the medication and epipen. On another note, I was quite shocked that nuts are still allowed and even sold on some airlines. On our flight home, there was a passenger behind us tucking into a large bag of nuts and on top of that I found a cheddar biscuit down the side of my sons chair. Frightening and we were already shaken up by his previous incident.
* Find out where your nearest hospital is and all relevant telephone numbers
Travel advice and downloads can be found on the Epipen website including FREE translation sheets which can be printed, choose from French, German, Italian and Spanish and you can download a travel certificate for your doctor to fill in: http://www.epipen.co.uk/patient/living-with-anaphylaxis/going-places/
Some great sites which offer advise to those travelling with children with allergies:
If you can recommend any good hotels or holidays you have been on for children with food allergies please post below or get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org