French Vocab re: Allergy & Anaphylaxis

Soooooo when anaphylaxis hits Aars, it’s fast and very scary. People tell me I seem cool and calm, (I am like that for my son – so he believes everything is going to be ok) but on the inside I am always screaming with terror.

I find that information and being equipped can help me feel a little more empowered and prepared. So here is some french vocab to help Aars, me and the teaching staff on the school trip next week. I am printing off the top section (we hope we won’t need) and putting a copy of it in his meds bag. I know how crazy anaphylaxis is and that I may not remember the vocab in the crisis.

I would also recommend that everyone on the trip knows and recognises the  S.O.S. (…– – –…) clapping Aars does when anaphylaxis hits. Anaphylaxis hinders his breathing and his voice, so he cannot call for help when it happens.

The bit we all hope we never have to use… call 112 from your mobile/landline in France and you can speak to an English operator, but just in case…


J’ai besoin d’une ambulance. (I need an ambulance)

C’est un cas d’urgence. (It’s an emergency)

Mon enfant souffre d’un choc anaphylactique (allergique) (My son is suffering from an anaphylactic


Il a du mal à respirer (He’s struggling to breathe) haleter

Veuillez appelez tout de suite une ambulance! (Please call an ambulance now)

Mon numéro de téléphone est: nearly gave you all my mobile number ;P (my phone number is:)

And if we dare to try and eat whilst out & about…

Mon fils est allergique de nombreux aliments. (My son is allergic to many foods)

Mon fils est allergique (My son is allergic to…

  • aux oeufs,
  • au lait (des produits laitier: lait, beurre, fromage, yaourt) vaches et chèvres
  • de soja
  • le poisson
  • l’kewi
  • la pomme
  • la poir
  • la peche
  • la peau de la pomme de terre
  • le concombre
  • le pois chiche
  • oignon
  • les epinards
  • le celery            (obviously your list will be different to Aars’ list)

C’est une condition tres grave.  (It’s a very serious condition)

Mon enfant risque mourir si mon enfant mange cette nourriture… (My child can die if he eats this food…)

Si un plat est prepare avec de l’huile qui contient cet aliment (If the food is cooked or prepared with  oils which contain the food.)

Ou s’il y a eu contact avec cet aliment pendant la preparation ou le service (Or if there has been any contact with the above food during the preparation or serving.)

Pouvex-vous preparer a manger pour mon infant? (Can you cater for my child?)

We are probably not gonna use this second lot of vocab! We are taking all Aars food and cooking utensils with us, as after our last holiday I am pretty risk-adverse!



Wow, I only remember un petit peu de Francais, but from what I can read, it looks like you have to be extra-vigilant! It’s great that you did all of that research- hopefully, you will never have to use it.


haha! Yes hopefully it is research that will NOT be utilised! Did you use to have the La Rochelle books at school? We are staying not too far away from there, in a very nice chateaux in a beautiful national park!! There are going to be some positives I’m sure xx


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