11 TIPS How to deal with food allergy
This post is not just for allergy sufferers, it's for everyone!
Food allergy is a growing problem that affects children and adults. Those who do not have food allergies can help by understanding the condition and doing their part to create a safe environment to prevent serious reactions from occurring. In this article, we share 11 tips for dealing with a food allergy.
1. Do not use the same utensils to make foods that may contain food allergens. Use one serving utensil per plate.
2. It is not enough to take an allergen from a food and serve it to someone with that allergy. For example, do not remove the egg from the dish when it has already had contact with other foods, those foods and that dish were contaminated with the allergen from the moment they touched it.
3. Wash your hands and mouth thoroughly after touching or eating allergenic foods, when you are with someone who has an allergy, or when preparing food for them. It is one of the most effective ways to prevent cross-contamination.
4. Use liquid soap to remove allergens . Antibacterial hand sanitizers and water alone are not as effective.
5. Use disposable methods (such as paper towels or detergent wipes) to clean surfaces as allergens may remain on sponges or towels.
6. Pay close attention to food labels, always read the full list of ingredients and any precautionary statements such as "may contain".
7. Do not offer food to any child without parental consent. If your child has a severe allergy, even just one bite can be enough to trigger a severe reaction.
8. Ask your guests if they have food allergies and how you can help make your meal more inclusive and safe for them.
9. At children's parties, if you offer gift bags with goodies, look for items that come packaged and, if possible, have the list of ingredients on the package. This prevents allergen contamination between them and helps parents select what is safe for their child.
10. At the first sign of an allergic reaction, it is essential to act immediately. An allergic person usually carries emergency medication that saves his life within minutes. This medication must be administered immediately, according to the accompanying emergency plan. After administering the medication, you should call 112. If you do not have the medication, call 112 immediately and only then to the emergency contact person.
11. Make sure that if someone has a severe allergic reaction, they go immediately to the nearest hospital (preferably by ambulance). The reaction may get worse or even come back, even after taking emergency medication. (1)
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(1) Food Allergy Canada (2011). Food Allergy Do's and Don'ts. Available at: https://foodallergycanada.ca/.