Family of Maryville girl with food allergies knows importance of

Family of Maryville girl with food allergies knows importance of proper EPI-pen storage

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Lila Kate and her mom Amanda spend a lot of time together in the kitchen, stirring up tasty homemade treats. It's the only way Amanda can be sure her daughter isn't exposed to one of the several foods to which she's allergic. Lila Kate and her mom Amanda spend a lot of time together in the kitchen, stirring up tasty homemade treats. It's the only way Amanda can be sure her daughter isn't exposed to one of the several foods to which she's allergic.
So she knows what to say if someone other than family offers her something to eat.  "No thank you," Lila Kate says."I have food allergies." So she knows what to say if someone other than family offers her something to eat. "No thank you," Lila Kate says."I have food allergies."
The EPI-pen contains life-saving epinephrine. A quick injection can save someone from anaphylactic shock due to an allergic reaction. The EPI-pen contains life-saving epinephrine. A quick injection can save someone from anaphylactic shock due to an allergic reaction.
"They have to start at such a young age, " Amanda said. "Because at one point in time, I'm not going to be there and she's going to have to know how to take care of herself as she grows up." "They have to start at such a young age, " Amanda said. "Because at one point in time, I'm not going to be there and she's going to have to know how to take care of herself as she grows up."

By LORI TUCKER
6 News Anchor/Reporter

MARYVILLE (WATE) - If you or someone in your family has a life-threatening food allergy, you know the importance of keeping an EPI-pen, containing epinephrine, handy at all times, but are you storing it the right way?

6 News met with the Painter family of Maryville. Their four-year-old, Lila Kate, has severe food allergies.

If she even touches some foods like milk, mustard, peanuts, tree nuts and sesame, she could be in danger. Making sure her EPI-pen works is critical.

Lila Kate and her mom Amanda spend a lot of time together in the kitchen, stirring up tasty homemade treats. It's the only way Amanda can be sure her daughter isn't exposed to one of the several foods to which she's allergic.

"If it's a store bought item, looking at the label doesn't always give you the information you need," Amanda Painter explained.

This dedicated young mom has made it her mission to seek out treats her daughter can enjoy, like sunflower seed butter instead of peanut butter, organic fruit lollipops, and dairy and lactose free sour cream.

Lila Kate knows what it's like if she comes too close to the wrong foods.

"I feel sick," the little girl said.

So she knows what to say if someone other than family offers her something to eat.

"No thank you," Lila Kate says."I have food allergies."

Lila Kate has a list of problem foods and emergency instructions on her Medic ID bracelet that she wears anytime she's away from home, and she always has her medicine bag with her just in case.

It contains her EPI-pen and some allergy medicine as well as her emergency action plan. It's filled out by her doctor every year.

The EPI-pen contains life-saving epinephrine. A quick injection can save someone from anaphylactic shock due to an allergic reaction.

Did you know you should never expose it to extreme temperatures?

"It really needs to stay at room temperature. So it shouldn't be left in a car whether it's cold or hot," Amanda explained.

Also, check the expiration date. Usually, the pens expire within 12 months of purchase, so make sure you get a fresh one before you leave the pharmacy.

Even at her age, Lila Kate is glad to have a plan in place.

"They have to start at such a young age, " Amanda said. "Because at one point in time, I'm not going to be there and she's going to have to know how to take care of herself as she grows up."

The FARE Walk for Food Allergy is coming up Saturday, August 9, 2014 at the Amphitheatre on the Festival Lawn at World's Fair Park in Knoxville. Registration and check-in is from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

More online: FARE Walk for Food Allergy

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