Managing Food Allergies at Home
Managing food allergies at home is important, especially if only few members of the family have food allergies. Cross-contamination, accidental contact of allergens can be very dangerous.
Kids should be monitored carefully to prevent food allergies as they are most vulnerable. Food allergies among kids rose by 18% in the last decade. Hence, proper management of food allergies is very important
Tips for Managing Food Allergies at Home:
Here are a few tips to manage food allergies at home:
Even trace amount of allergens can trigger allergy. For example, a smudge of peanut butter on the dinner table can be dangerous for an allergic individual. Washing hands before and after eating can wash away the allergens and keeps others safe
Keep separate shelves for allergic foods:
Keep separate shelves in your cupboard for unsafe foods. This will prevent cross-contamination and help the kids to stay away from such foods
Label unsafe foods:
Label the unsafe foods which may cause allergy. This will help you and other to handle them carefully
Avoid cross-contamination by being cautious while preparing food. Washing utensils, cutting boards also prevents cross-contamination. Care should be taken not to handle utensils after eating or touching allergic food
- Keep fixed seating arrangements: A Fixed seating arrangement for kids at the dinner table keeps them from sharing and touching allergic food
Designate allergy-free zones restricting kids to eat food such as milk, peanuts etc. in only certain places such as kitchen, dining room etc.
- Keep emergency kit: Always keep a kit which contains allergy medications, self-injectable epinephrine to handle any emergency situation
To prevent food allergies, you can also try using separate utensils for allergic and non-allergic food stuff. If food allergies are properly managed, home can be the best place to stay for individuals with food allergies.