Food allergies are becoming mire and more common and with the season of picnics about to come upon us and the return to school packed lunches, it is good to k ow what foods can cause allergies.
Even if your child is not allergic to anything, simply sitting next to a child who has allergies with the food they can’t eat can cause a reaction if the allergy is severe enough.
So what foods cause allergies:
Nuts (chocolate spreads such as Nutella often contains nuts) 🌰 🥜
Dairy – chocolate contains dairy
Certain fruits – kiwi and strawberry are some I have heard of.
Bees 🐝 and wasp 🐝 stings.
There are many more, but as you can see the ones highlighted above are present in lots of party food, Easter treats and packed lunch products.
How can I recognise an allergy?
Allergies can vary in severity, and if you are on a picnic with other families, the parents will know how to recognise and manage their child’s allergies.
If however like me you have found yourself at a party with a child who suffers from allergies who starts to react it is important to recognise and react to it quickly.
The symptoms and signs will vary from child to child, however some of the more common signs are:
A raised, itchy rash
An itchy throat or tingly lips
Swelling to the face and lips
Difficulty in breathing – wheezing, a high pitched noise when the child breathes in, coughing.
Panic – a Child 🧒🏼 who is suffering from a reaction will start to get scared and panicky
Vomiting or feeling sick
There are many more signs to be aware of.
How can I reduce the risk of someone having a reaction?
Check with the parents when spending time with a child who suffers from allergies to find out more details and also to understand how they react, what medication they take.
Avoid putting things in your child’s picnic or lunch box which can increase the risk of a reaction. Children who have nut 🌰 🥜 allergies will often only need to come into contact with the tiniest trace to have a reaction and this can be from a trace in the air, not even something they eat. While your child might love chocolate spread in their sandwiches, for those around them it could be a disaster.
Discourage your child from sharing their lunch box, it is something children do without even thinking about it but it can be a problem if a child eats or touches something they are allergic to.
What do I do if someone has a reaction?
If someone appears to be having a serious reaction, try to keep them calm, they often panic as they can struggle to breathe. Contact the emergency services if needed / parents if it is a child, and follow their advice.
If someone is carrying their own medication, assist them to take it.
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