Most parents believe that they have control over their children’s diet in one hand, however, it is not the case and parents are not in a position to supervise the food they eat; Some children are very sensitive to food, certain foods can cause allergies to the child, and in severe cases can even pose a risk to life.
Educating Children About Food Allergies
Children are less likely to know what food they are allergic to when they are outside for camping or parties. If they are unable to speak for themselves, the situation can be dangerous. It is very important to teach children to communicate with adults who’s giving them food to eat. It is important to educate children about allergies from an early age, and ask if they contain ingredients that cause allergies before eating.
Even if your child might be too young to understand what allergies are, tell your child what foods they should avoid eating. When your child is older, teach them how to avoid allergens.
8 Most Common Food Allergens
When trying new foods, you should pay attention to whether there is an allergic reaction. Over 90% of the allergic reactions are related to the following 8 foods:
- Nuts (such as walnuts or almonds)
Educate Your Child These 3 Things:
- When your child is in a strange environment
When you teach your child to participate in activities, you should let the adult in charge of the activity know their medical condition at that time. You can use a bracelet or necklace that says “allergens list:“.
- When someone else asks to eat
You should carefully teach your child to ask if the food contains allergens before eating it, and politely reject it if someone provides unsolicited food, or ask the other person to give a clear answer about the ingredients of the food.
- Learn to read nutrition labels
Food containing eggs may not be presented as an entire egg. It may be Lysozyme, Mayonnaise,Albumin, Ovalbumin, Meringue, Meringue powder or fish paste (Surimi).As long as the child can read and recognize certain nouns, the child will know how to avoid possible allergens.
Remember to tell your child that being allergic to certain foods is something not to be ashamed of, this simply means they must be more careful about what they eat and ensure their safety and health.