How to avoid surprise food allergy exposures during the holidays

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  1. Holiday treats. Volunteer to provide the allergen free snacks for holiday parties at school or provide the teacher with a box of allergen free snacks for your child so they don’t feel left out.
  2. Letting guests know. Inform your guests that your child has a food allergy. Instead of food, guests may consider bringing holiday themed plates, cups or napkins.
  3. Planning ahead. Let your host know that you or your child has a food allergy. Offer to bring allergen free foods for you and others to enjoy.
  4. Food labels. If you are the host of a holiday feast, keep the ingredient labels from the food you are serving for allergic guests to review before digging in.
  5. Carry medications. Even if you take every precaution, there is still a possibility that you may accidentally ingest an allergenic food. Have your autoinjectable epinephrine on hand at all times!

A great source for allergy friendly recipes is through Safe Eats® Allergy-Friendly Recipes: The Largest Collection of “Free Of” Recipes.

www.kidswithfoodallergies.org

Recipes are provided by parents of children with food allergies. You can search to meet your special dietary needs, or you can browse by category. The “free of” boxes mean the recipe can be made without those allergens .

Source:

https://www.nationaljewish.org/conditions/food-allergies/allergy-tips

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