Everyone loves parties, right? Kids playing, laughing and enjoying all the great spreads of food! These same celebrations that are loved by mostly everyone can be a huge headache for parents of food allergic children.
Food allergens can cause symptoms such as itching, hives, swelling, diarrhea, wheezing and a potentially life threatening reaction called anaphylaxis; none of which make for a great party experience.
Anaphylaxis is a whole-body allergic reaction to a chemical that has become an allergen. Anyone who has a food allergy can encounter anaphylaxis, but the foods most likely to trigger a severe reaction are peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, fish and shellfish.
People who have both asthma and a food allergy are at greater risk for anaphylaxis. While the best advice we can offer would be to get your children allergy tested immediately, we can also suggest a few preventive methods until you are able to get the proper treatment.
1.) Avoid any foods that think your child may be allergic to.
2.) If your child has a problem with milk, try soy-based formulas.
3.) Read all food labels carefully.
4.) Make sure food isn’t prepared on surfaces or in pans that contained any of the you’re your child may be allergic to.
5.) Notify your child’s school about his/her possible allergies.