Should Kids with Allergies Be Allowed Early Boarding on Flights?

Mom and child on plane

Keeping kids busy on a flight is challenging enough without having to worry about food allergies and for parents of kids with life-threatening food allergies, air travel might get a little easier. 

According to The New York Times, airlines have previously refused passengers with allergies requests about boarding early to wipe down their seats, but federal regulators have said that some passengers must be allowed to board flights early in order to prevent accidental exposure. For people who suffer from a sensitive and life-threatening food allergy coming into contact with spaces that have touched by an allergen can send them into anaphylaxis, which can cause hives and restricted breathing, and could become fatal. A new ruling might change that for passengers whose severe allergies will give them the same protections as individuals with disabilities. This is great news, especially for parents trying to keep their kids safe on flights. 

Watch: Why are There So Many Kids With Peanut Allergies

Are You are Parent of Kid with Severe Food Allergies? 

Celebrities like actresses Julie Bowen and Sarah Jessica Parker have shared their personal struggles with raising a child who goes into anaphylaxis shock, and what you can do in the moment. It can escalate quickly, and possibly be deadly. 

It's estimated that  5.6 million children suffer from food allergies, and less than half of those have an epinephrine auto-injector prescription indicating a life-threatening food allergy, according to the AAP News and Journal.  

What can you do if your child suffers a mild food allergy?

Doctors host and expert Dr. Andrew Ordon says allergist and expert Dr. Carr suggests presenting kids at an early age to a bunch of different food types so they can get used to eating them earlier on, may help to prevent developing those allergies. He adds that a new vaccine is coming out for people with peanut allergies that is a series of injections that overtime will desensitize them. Dr. Nita Landry says that 1 in 5 kids will grow out of it.

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