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.

 

 

FREEZER RULES

Freezing food is among the many ways by which foods can be preserved and stored for later use.

Using your freezer to preserve food can be a cheap,economic and if done well safe method of ensuring your favourite foods are just an arm length away.

Here are a few rules to freeze by, make more use of what is now a permanent fixture in most homes, the refrigerator.

1.Live by the F.I.F.O rule.First in First out is what you have to remember when freezing foods,label you frozen food packets if you have to.

2.Frequently empty and defrost the fridge to prevent odours.

3.Use the appropriate freeze bags/containers to ensure your food is safe to eat.Foods frozen in inappropriate containers or wrapped with paper that is to thin develop freeze burn.

4.Ensure the freezer compartment of your fridge is always at the right temperature,if you are not too sure,consult the manual you bought it with.

5.If you have to take anything out of your fridge to thaw,use the refrigerator section to thaw it out and do not leave it out in the open.

6.Freeze meat products separately from the frozen vegetables to prevent cross contamination

7.Never ever put hot food into your freezer section as it alters the below 18 degree Celsius temperature ideal for frozen food to keep their quality and may lead to spoilage.

8.Stack your frozen food in such a way that there is space left between each food to allow air to circulate.

Read more about how to reheat foods,what to do with left over and ideal conditions for freezing here.