10. Teach your child that they cannot eat other people's food
This piece of advice is particularly important for school-aged children or children who are eating around others at a play date, party, or summer camp. If your child is going somewhere food will be served, pack food for them to take. Then instruct them that the only food they can eat is what they brought. Make it a rule that they never break.

One of the best ways to keep your food allergic child safe is to have rules that they live by. Then they don't even have to think about what they should do in a given situation; they don't have to wonder what they are supposed to do. They don't have to ask someone to read the ingredients to them and then wonder if it's safe as they take a bite. Just don't eat other people's food. Eat what you brought from home – period.

We all know that children love to share food. Trading food at school is common. If your child feels left out due to their allergies, pack extras that they can hand out to their friends. If your child wants to do this, make sure they
remember 2 things:

1. They can give to others, but they cannot take food from others.

2. They cannot give food to their friends who have food allergies, because they might not be the same allergies your child has.

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