Looking out for each other

You can protect others from allergic reactions by:

  • Asking your friends if they have any food allergies
  • Always take food allergies seriously
  • Washing your hands after eating
  • Don’t share food with friends who have a food allergy: if you sit next to them, think about what you eat
  • If someone with allergies has a reaction, get help immediately – even if they don’t want you to.

If you have a food allergy:

  • Tell your friends about your allergies
  • Don’t share someone else’s food
  • Learn how to read labels on food to check it you can eat it
  • Don’t kiss someone who has just eaten something you’re allergic to

If your doctor has given you an “adrenaline pen”:

  • Get an ‘trainer device’ so you can practice using it. Go to the website for the brand you’ve been given, to order these.
  • Talk to your friends about your pen and why you might need to use it.
  • Show them your trainer device, so they know how to help you in an emergency.
  • If you don’t have your adrenaline “pen” with you, don’t take any chances.

The best way to keep you and your friends safe from allergic reactions is for a school to be “allergy-aware”.

This means:

  • those with allergies can participate in daily school life and not feel left out.
  • raising awareness of food allergies and anaphylaxis, so it becomes something which everyone knows about
  • everyone can play their part in keeping people with food allergies safe.

Many schools have successfully taken this on as a project involving both students and school staff. Click here for more information.