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Fun, Screen-Free Activities for Kiddos During Long Appointments

Parents of kiddos with food allergies and other medical conditions know the challenges of taking kiddos to long doctors' appointments. How can you keep your kiddo or multiple kiddos occupied without having them stare at screens for hours on end? We've got the screen-free activities and strategies!


On this episode of the Food Allergy and Your Kiddo Podcast, Pam and Dr. Hoyt interview Dr. Betty Choi about screen-free activities that are fun and doable. Dr. Choi is a board-certified pediatrician, former home educator, children's book author, and the mom of a kiddo with food allergy and a kiddo without food allergy. During this interview, Dr. Choi shares her family's experiences with long appointments as part of their OIT journey and focuses on four key components to having a successful doctor's appointment with screen-free activities.


What's in Dr. Choi's bag?


Dr. Choi discusses in this episode that she has four components to her appointment bag:

  1. Safe snacks, some chosen by her and some chosen by her kiddo

  2. Extra set of clothing

  3. Epinephrine auto-injector

  4. Fun activities, some chosen by her and some chosen by her kiddo


Tune in to this podcast episode in which Pam and Dr. Hoyt talk with Dr. Betty Choi about fun, screen-free activities to keep your kiddo entertained at doctors' appointments!



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AAAAI Allergist Finder: https://allergist.aaaai.org/find/ ACAAI Allergist Finder: https://acaai.org/locate-an-allergist OIT Allergist Finder: https://acaai.org/locate-an-allergist

A note from Dr. Hoyt

I have talked about a non-profit…


Pam and I volunteer with the non-profit The Teal Schoolhouse. Its primary program is Code Ana. Code Ana equips schools for medical emergencies like anaphylaxis.


Code Ana’s Online Epinephrine Training Program helps support that goal. Through this program, you will educate yourself while you support this important mission!


A medical emergency response plan is important for everyone at any school. Code Ana's program Med-E Ready is a comprehensive approach to school-focused medical preparedness. This program guides schools through the process of creating a medical emergency response plan. A response team is also developed! This is one of the most important components of a school's food allergy policy!


Does your kiddo’s school have Code Ana?


 

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