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The Dos And Don’ts Of Knowing A Child With A Nut Allergy

Whether you're a teacher, parent, or friend, knowing a child with a life-threatening allergy can be scary. That’s why Target wants to make things easier. Bitsy’s Brainfood Smart Crackers are made in a nut-free facility, which means they’re a better choice for snacktime!

1. Don't: Feel bad when you roll your eyes after someone says "I'm sure a little bit won't hurt them" or "They'll probably grow out of it." #rude

2. Do: Learn about different nuts and which ones a child is allergic to. Knowledge is power, after all.

3. Don't: Assume. Peanuts are legumes that grow underground. Cashews, pecans, and almonds are not. They're tree nuts!

4. Do: Know how to administer an injection of epinephrine, just in case.

5. Don't: Make a child feel bad about their allergy and what they're missing. That's just mean.

6. Do: Easily tell your little one exactly what could happen if they come in contact with a nut, if you're a parent. It's scary, but explaining it doesn't have to be.

7. Don't: Bring cupcakes to a class party that not everyone can eat thanks to cross-contamination in manufacturing plants. You can always find information on the labels!

8. Do: Tell your waiter what you're dealing with when you go out to eat. Maybe even hand over a laminated note for the kitchen staff.

9. Don't: Assume a kid with the allergy needs to live in a bubble.

10. Do: Know that they can live a great life that's totally nut-free!

One more “do”: Always carry your own nut-free snacks with you. Make things easier with Bitsy’s Brainfood Smart Crackers, yummy crackers safe for those with nut allergies!