The following printable list offers guidelines to quickly identify the steps needed to ensure the safety of food allergic individuals. Many of the guidelines below lead to other sections of our site where we develop each point.
In between these readings, we encourage you to return to this list to ensure that you have gone through all the critical information. This can help reduce the stress often associated with allergy diagnosis.
Following an allergy diagnosis
- Have your health care professional complete an individualized emergency plan.
- Have your prescription for an epinephrine auto-injector prepared and note the expiry date of the product so as to renew it on time.
- Learn when and how to use this medication with a training auto-injector.
- Teach people around you when and how to use the epinephrine auto-injector.
- Remember to wear a Medicalert® medical identification.
Learn about the allergens you should avoid and how to avoid them
- Familiarize yourself with cross-contact prevention
- Learn how to identify allergens when reading the nutrition labels.
- If you are allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, wheat, soybeans, sesame, mustard, fish or seafood, refer to the section on priority allergens for specific information.
For parents of allergic children
- Be prepared to give clear instructions, both orally and in writing, to those who are looking after your child.
- Teach your child good habits to ensure their safety.
Support and services
- Contact our telephone support line when questions arise. This is a free service for Allergy Quebec members. Our nutritionists will be able to register you as a member free of charge when you call. Call 514-990-2575, ext. 204.
- Consult the list of services offered by Allergy Quebec.
- Print this list of good practices guidelines (in French) and keep it at hand for reference or to raise awareness.
*EpiPen® Auto-injectors are the only officially approved auto-injectors in Canada (July 2019).