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Author:  kimberlyeve [ Wed Jul 06, 2011 2:55 pm ]
Post subject:  Tips for flying with a 3yr old with peanut allergy

I am taking a short flight, only Halifax-Montreal in a couple of weeks. I am traveling with my daughter who is 3 and allergic to peanuts. We have to fly Air Canada, as we are flying on points. I will call the medical number and register her allergy, but just wondering if anyone has any tips?
Thanks!

Author:  spacecanada [ Wed Jul 06, 2011 3:09 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Tips for flying with a 3yr old with peanut allergy

Depending on her sensitivity and your comfort zone:

- Request a buffer zone
- Pre-board and wipe down the tables and arm rests
- Bring along some safe snacks (with a paper towel or something to put under it)
- If contact reactive, have her wear long pants and sleeves
- Remind the ticket agent and cabin stewards of the allergy on the day you fly

I am sure others will have a few more tips. Have a nice trip!

Author:  Jennifoo [ Wed Jul 06, 2011 7:51 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Tips for flying with a 3yr old with peanut allergy

We have flown AC many many times and have not had any problems. We do not register the allergy but that is personal choice. We carry two epipens and a small bottle of children's benedryl in carry-on (has to be 100mL or less) and bring all our own food.
I may be wrong but I don't think AC actually serves peanuts but their on board menu is full of may contains. You could check this easily on their website.

Have a fun trip.

Author:  spacecanada [ Thu Jul 07, 2011 11:31 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Tips for flying with a 3yr old with peanut allergy

FYI - Benadryl is exempt from the liquids and gels restrictions for carry-ons, as is liquid Tylenol or any other medically necessary medications in liquid or gel form: ibuprofin, sinus medication... the list is on the CATSA website. I've brought a full bottle of Benadryl (more than 100 ml) on the plane no problem. It just has to be in the same bag as the EpiPens (I mark that bag 'medication', and the normal liquids bag I leave blank) and they never bat an eye. :)

Author:  kimberlyeve [ Fri Jul 08, 2011 5:36 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Tips for flying with a 3yr old with peanut allergy

Great! Thanks for the tips! I didn't know I could take the full bottle of benadryl, that is good to know and much easier! I was planning on taking her own snacks and will definitely bring the extra epi-pen. I am sure it will be fine, just haven't flown air canada in a while. I will also bring her little placemat :) and wipe everything down well. Thanks so much for the tips!

Author:  walooet [ Fri Jul 22, 2011 5:24 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Tips for flying with a 3yr old with peanut allergy

We keep the epi-pens out of the overhead compartments as they may not be temperature controlled. One time the compartment got really hot on a sunny day - was thankful we didn't have the epis up there.

Author:  Alison's Mom [ Fri Jul 22, 2011 8:54 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Tips for flying with a 3yr old with peanut allergy

In addition to what others have already said, make sure you wipe down the recessed area that the tray is stored in, because if you only wipe the tray, it can be re-contaminated once it is stored.

Also, I bring extra snacks for other passengers who might be inconvenienced (especially other kids) by our buffer zone. I bring a few peanut free granola bars, a few bags of pretzels, etc, for this purpose.

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