Anaphylaxis Campaign | Interview with Annie’s Nanny

Thursday, 10.05.2018 at 12:52PM

As part of our recent campaign to raise awareness of supporting and helping children and adults with severe allergies, we interviewed our director’s nanny, Niki, who helped care for her children, two of whom suffer from severe food allergies. We wanted to find out how Niki coped with caring for children with allergies. Here is what she had to tell us:

Looking after a child with a serious allergy, that is not your own, can be a daunting job. However, with a clear understanding of the allergy, the child and the reaction, that job becomes a whole lot easier.

In my early 20’s I was Annie’s nanny, looking after her three children. Two of her children had different serious life threating allergies. In the early days, the children were too young to understand for themselves what they could and could not eat, making it imperative that I was extra vigilant to what I gave them to eat and what they came in contact with. Having this responsibility, I had to be highly organised and always prepared for every situation. By adopting this strategy, positivity, within the five years I cared for Annie’s children, they had no serious allergic reactions.

Now in my mid 40’s, I’m head of an Early Years Department in a large independent school. I have 110 children in my care, many of which have dietary requirements, some with serious food allergies. It is my responsibility to make sure my team are fully up to date with their paediatric first aid training and are aware of the children with serious allergies in the department. We have regular meetings with the children’s parents and we have put simple but effective strategies in place to make sure that the children are our priority, particularly during lunch and snack times.

When looking after children with serious life threating allergies, whether it be in a home or a school environment, the key is definitely awareness, avoidance, action with maybe a splash of OCD!

For more information on how to support children with severe allergies visit:   https://www.anaphylaxis.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Frequently-Asked-Questions-in-Schools-Factsheet-Jan-2018.pdf