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Own your children's health problems, and guide your children to do so, too. / Knauer/Johnston/Getty Images

If your child has allergies, asthma or other sensitivities, thereís extra parenting responsibility. Erica Reid, mother to two preteens with food and environmental sensitivities and author of The Thriving Child , shares some of her tips for keeping children safe.

Be an advocate.

Own your childrenís health problems, and guide your children to do so, too. ďTeach them as early as possible to live with whatever they have,Ē Reid says. With strong food allergies, Reidís son, 9, doesnít eat at friendsí houses. Her son and daughter, 11, know what questions to ask when they order for themselves in restaurants.

'School' others.

Discuss your childís health needs with teachers. ďInform teachers on the first day of school, and if your child has more than one teacher, donít rely on that teacher to tell the other,Ē Reid says. And donít be fazed by resistance. ďSome teachers ... donít understand when I tell them my son is allergic to cold air. They think I am overreacting.Ē Itís the responsibility of the parent and the person taking care of the child to ensure health is taken seriously.

Know the triggers.

Always carry your childís medications and have him wear a medical bracelet that informs others of health problems in case he canít speak for himself.

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