LIVING WITH A CHILD WITH FOOD ALLERGY

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Red,puffy watery eyes, incessant itching that is accompanied by lots of sneezingand coughing.

That is what my son gets when he comes in direct contact with raw eggs.

…and that is s why we always have an anti histamine in the house

Allergic reactions to foods among children are  increasingly becoming more common.

A food allergy is defined as a toxic clinical reaction to foods or food additives that involves the immune system.

Your immune system then develops a reactive response to protect the body from this “invader”.

Some common food that cause allergic reactions include :eggs,cow milk,wheat and gluten,cheese,nuts and fish especially egg fish though you could develop an allergic reaction to almost any food .

Children with food allergies need to be informed of them early enough so they know what they can and cannot eat.

We let my son know early enough that he cannot have eggs ,he also cannot have peanuts or peanut butter either.

By letting our children know early enough we can empower them to be aware of their food choices.

It is also a good idea to let the school your child attends know just incase they may need some special dietary considerations.

Always have anti allergy medicine close by or take your child to hospital for treatment.

Doctorstv.com lists the symptoms to watch out for :

  1. Skin rash or hives
  2. Trouble breathing
  3. Wheezing
  4. Trouble swallowing
  5. Swelling on the lips,throat or any part of the body
  6. Diarrhoea
  7. Vomiting
  8. Coughing
  9. Red watery eyes
  10. Dizziness
  11. Fainting

Let your child know the importance of hand washing before mealtimes or snack time to prevent cross contamination.

Teach your child to say no to foods offered to them that they are allergic to,as that the only way to avoid food allergy.

A child or any person with food allergies also needs to avoid processed foods as much as possible as the preservatives and additives used may contribute to allergic reactions.

Some allergies may go away with time but some especially nut allergies you live with them for life.

Incase you suspect your child has a food allergy please visit a food allergy specialist.

 

 

ABSOLUTELY DELISH FISH FINGERS

This a really great recipe and will give you finger licking fish fingers that even my finickiness 3 year old loved loved loved.

The fish fingers are great as appetizers/starters or as finger food served with cocktails ,absolutely delish!

Ingredients

4oo grammes of fish fillets cut into strips

juice of  1 small lime/lemon

1/2 level teaspoon cumin seed 

2 cloves garlic,minced

4 tablespoons corn oil

dash of salt and pepper to taste

5-6 tablespoonfuls wheat flour

deep frying oil

Method

1.In a small bowl,whisk together  oil and the cumin seeds till thick then add the salt and pepper and minced garlic and whisk further.

2.In a medium sized bowl put in the sliced fish fingers and pour the marinade on top and with clean hands rub it all over the fish,cover in cling film and set in the fridge to marinade for an hour before cooking.

3.On a flat plate dd the wheat flour and coat the fish fillets with the flour to get them ready for deep frying.

4..Heat a frying pan and add oil to just about 1/3 full with deep frying oil .

5.Add the coated fish fingers to he oil,a few at a time and space them out.

You should have pan that looks like this.

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6.Fry for about 2-3 minutes till each side is a nice golden brown then transfer to a flat plate lined with grease proof paper or the disposable kitchen towels.

7.Fry the rest of the fish fingers this way and serve hot with lemon wedges or some tartar sauce.