There’s no cure for allergies, but symptoms can be managed. The best way to cope with them is to avoid the allergens. That means that parents must educate their kids early and often, not only about the allergy itself, but also about the reactions they can have if they consume or come into contact with the allergen.
Telling all caregivers (childcare staff, teachers, family members, parents of your child’s friends, etc.) about your child’s allergy is also important.
If avoiding environmental allergens isn’t possible or doesn’t help, doctors might prescribe medicines, including antihistamines, eye drops, and nasal sprays. (Many of these also are available without a prescription.)
In some cases, doctors recommend allergy shots (immunotherapy) to help desensitize a person to an allergen. But allergy shots are only helpful for allergens such as dust, mold, pollens, animals, and insect stings. They’re not used for food allergies.
To help kids avoid airborne allergens:
Cross-contamination means that the allergen is not one of the ingredients in a product, but might have come into contact with it during production or packaging. Companies are not required to label for cross-contamination risk, though some voluntarily do so. You may see statements such as “May contain…,” “Processed in a facility that also processes…,” or “Manufactured on equipment also used for ….”
Because products without such statements also might be cross-contaminated and the company did not label for it, it’s always best to contact the company to see if the product could contain your child’s allergen. Look for this information on the company’s website or email a company representative.
Cross-contamination also can happen at home or in restaurants when kitchen surfaces or utensils are used for different foods.
As always be sensible with your choices and don’t over react. Severe allergies are rare and with a little care you should be able to avoid allergens. For peace of mind and overall health use fresh natural ingredients and make your own food. This is always the healthiest choice and the best way to ensure all your families health!