It seems like everyone has a child with food allergies these days, doesn’t it? Well, I am no stranger to the phenomenon. Two out of three of my kids have food allergies. These past two weeks have been spent dosing Benadryl and coordinating doctors appointments to get my poor kid better after many flare ups of horrible hives. It was a hazelnut that started it all and now that we have things under control, and a plan in place for future exposure, it was time to get emergency food allergy go bags together for both kids to travel with whenever we leave the house.
When we only had my daughter’s allergy to deal with it was as easy as passing off an Epipen to my husband if he was taking her out by himself. Now, keeping track of two sets of medications requires a little more organization. These bags are my solution to NEVER forgetting the meds they may need.
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- Simple Canvas Bags
- All emergency medications your kids may need
- Fabric Paint
- Paint Sponge
- Emergency medical cards
- Laminating Machine
I wanted to personalize them so I always know whose is whose. This is so simple to do! I printed out an M and a J for their initials. Make sure you make them big enough for your liking in a bold font, then go into your settings and change the font to an outline so you don’t waste all your ink!!!
Then just make a stencil by cutting out the letters with an Exacto knife, watch your fingers! You can cut out the stencil in poster board or cardboard or you can just use paper like I did. Next, just lay them on top of your bag with a piece of tin foil inside so the paint doesn’t bleed through, and sponge whatever paint you want to use, into the stencil and let it dry.
Gather all the medications your kids have for an emergency and add them to the bag.
It is a good idea to keep an allergy action plan in the bag as well as a printed sheet that includes all emergency contact information and any other medications your child may be on.
I laminated all of these lists for my bags since paper just won’t cut it on a long term basis, and because I’m a nerd and love using my laminating machine 🙂
Now that the meds and the lists are in the bag, add a couple of things for comfort to use if you ever do end up in the emergency department for a while. I put in coloring books and some crayons and a book. These things are also useful in the car so it’s a win win. Here are all the things I keep in my go bag for my daughter.
Now, hang them somewhere you won’t forget them.
These bags are also great for babysitters. Whether they be in the house or out and about, everything they need, including all written information, is all in one place. I hope this gets everyone thinking about their readiness for a food allergy related emergency, but I genuinely hope you never need to open it.