Who can resist? From chocolate bunnies and cream filled eggs to marshmallow treats. These tempting candies are everyone’s favourite at Easter, but you need to be careful, these delicious treats can contain small amounts of milk, egg and nuts which can be extremely harmful for some people who have food allergies. Make sure you read all the labels carefully before consuming Easter treats, manufactures can change what they put into their products at any time without notice. The website Kids with Allergies has released their Allergy Friendly Easter Candy Guide for 2017, it features allergy friendly treats. They have done a great job creating a selection that everyone's sure to enjoy.
Avoid Homemade Treats
Even the most avid bakers have the best intentions when baking treats for guests, but the truth is you need to remember that homemade treats can contain just about anything. Cross contamination of nuts, milk, wheat, eggs etc. is a big factor and can put some people at risk. It’s hard to say no, especially to friends and family but sometimes you just have to.
Coloring Easter Eggs
Coloring eggs has to be one of the all-time traditions at Easter. All of the kids sitting around a table, spending hours creating masterpieces for all to see. But egg decorating can trigger allergies too. For people with sensitivities - dying eggs in food coloring can cause skin reactions and let’s not forget the eggs themselves. Egg allergy is one of the most common food allergies in children next to milk. Egg allergy symptoms can range from mild, such as hives, to severe, such as anaphylaxis. Try to use alternatives to real eggs like “eggnots”. They’re a dyeable ceramic egg replacements for kids with allergies and you can paint and decorate just like real eggs.
Non-Food Egg Hunt
Easter egg hunts have always been a tradition for children. This year why not plan a Non-Food Easter Egg Hunt? The website F.A.R.E (Food Allergy Research And Education) has put together a wonderful guide for hosting a Non-Food Easter Egg Hunt. Traditional egg hunts can be a problem for children with food allergies. This year, why not give it a try.
If your plans at Easter include dining out, call the restaurant ahead of time to make sure they can accommodate you or your family member’s allergy needs. Please check out Allergy Eats, they publish an allergy-friendly guide to restaurants in the United States and just released their 2017 List of Top 10 Allergy-Friendly Restaurant Chains the guide is very informative and contains great feedback from the readers.
Chances are if you are going to celebrate Easter a someone house, you will encounter the furry family member that just loves to love you. Sensitive individuals should avoid fur bearing animals, pet dander, hair, and saliva are all sources of pet allergens that will cause your allergies to flare up. Politely ask the pet owner to remove their pet from the room. So when visiting friends and family that have pets be prepared and make sure you take your medications with you.
Teach Your Children About Food Allergies
Remember, Easter is a great time of the year to teach your children on the dangers of food allergies. Make sure they understand that it is not safe to share food with other children. F.A.R.E (Food Allergy Research And Education) has a great article on how to start the discussion, so hop on over and take a look Click Here>>
Take Medications With You
As the weather starts to warm up, trees begin to pollinate. Don’t forget to take your allergy medications with you to avoid seasonal allergy symptoms such as sneezing and itchy eyes.
Try to take your medications before your symptoms start and do everything possible to limit your exposure to pollen. Keep the windows closed in your car and home and be sure to wash your hair thoroughly after being outside. If you are a pet owner wipe off your pet before you let them in the house. You can read more about avoidance measures Here>>
Things You Should Know
Even though you may not suffer from allergies, you should know how to recognize an allergic reactions and and severe reactions allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) learn how to use an epinephrine auto injector, anaphylaxis can be life threatening if not treated immediately. To view a training video on how to use an epinephrine auto injector Click here>>
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