The holidays are the most
wonderful dangerous time of the year.
When I walk into the grocery store, all I can see is rows and rows of tree nuts. Nuts are becoming widely popular in holiday dishes, from salads to side dishes, to desserts.
Whether you are making a Cranberry Walnut Salad, Pecan Pie, or Green Bean Almondine, you can grab most of your ingredients within 30 seconds of walking in the front door of any grocery store.
Did you know that anaphylactic reactions increase during the holidays because of unsafe foods at holiday parties?
Did you know that unsafe food is often given to children by people who are not aware of the child’s allergy?
The lack of communication, forgetfulness, and/or carelessness can be fatal.
PLEASE DO NOT FEED MY CHILD.
I cannot rely on others to remember my son’s allergy, much less make informed decisions about what he can and can’t eat.
Again, PLEASE DO NOT FEED MY CHILD.
My son will be okay if he’s the only one NOT eating those famous Christmas Cookies. He will not care if he’s the only one NOT eating dessert.
Why? Because even at age four he is starting to learn what is safe and what isn’t.
But still, PLEASE DO NOT FEED MY CHILD.
We are doing our due diligence in trying to teach him to say NO to all food without asking permission from us first. With food allergies being the ‘new normal’, people should start adapting to this way of thinking. It’s hard going to parties where there is some degree of the unknown.
What can you do to help your family and friends have a less stressful holiday?
Always ask the parents first!
Be clear with the host, if a food allergen is in any of their holiday dishes please tell them to label correctly and keep packages of the ingredients they used.
Also, remind them and guests to wash their hands before they touch your child and please do not kiss them.
Holidays are already stressful. It would be great not to have to worry if my kid is picking up that walnut cookie that gave him his first reaction last Christmas!
For more allergy information please visit https://www.foodallergy.org/.