Few of us think of Thanksgiving without immediate thoughts of
indulging in the holiday's mouth-watering food. But not everyone can
enjoy meals so freely. Some have food allergies - or children with
food allergies - that require vigilance any time food is around.
Following are some ways to help your children stay allergy free this
Have Thanksgiving at your house. While this may entail a
whole lot of extra work on your part, you will nevertheless have
more control over what goes into the food your child will eat. All
your knowledge about cross contamination and the like will be put to
good use in preparation of your family's Thanksgiving feast, and you
will have the peace of mind knowing that your expertise was employed
to keep your child safe. However, you must still be careful to keep
an eye on what guests might bring. Treats such as pumpkin or pecan
pie most often contain potent allergens like milk, eggs, and nuts.
|Educate family and friends. No matter where your gathering
is held, take the opportunity to remind your loved ones of your
child's food allergy. Many people who do not have food allergies do
not understand the full repercussions of exposure to even tiny
amounts of the offending allergen. You can send out note cards and
Allergy Restaurant Cards, explaining that this is what you give
to servers at restaurants. Surely your family and friends will learn
more about the dangers of exposure.
Reinforce the message. Dressing your child in a
Allergy T-Shirt reminds adults to be careful what they feed your
child every time they look at them. Not only will this remind
friends and family of your child's special needs during the family
gathering itself, but it will also help reinforce the message for
||Bring place mats for young children. Using
place mats can give you added protection when serving young
children at the Thanksgiving table. Not only do they help prevent
cross contamination from allergen traces that might be present at
the table, but you can control what goes on the place mat and make
sure that nothing dangerous is put there.
|Be prepared for the worst. No matter how watchful you are
and how considerate relatives and friends are, accidental exposure
to food allergens does occur. Make sure to bring along your EpiPen.
Protectube and the
Injector Case protect this life-saving device and make it both
convenient to carry and accessible. The
Twin Injector Case, which holds two injectors, is a good option
for longer stays with relatives, or if you have more than one