Tips for avoiding allergens, anaphylaxis
- Pictures are a great way of teaching young children which food(s) to avoid.
- Don’t be afraid to tell people about your child’s food allergy.
- Ask about food that has not been prepared by you and avoid any food you are unsure about.
- Safely prepare food by washing utensils and cooking equipment between use to avoid
- Don’t use the same utensils to prepare or serve more than one dish without thorough washing.
- Learn how to read food labels. Download book 2 of Meal times made to fit into every day lives for detailed information.
- Know how to use an adrenaline autoinjector if one has been prescribed.
It’s a good idea to teach your child, as early as possible, to ask a trusted adult whether they are allowed to eat any food(s) they have been offered.
For more detailed and comprehensive advice download book 3 of Meal times made to fit into
If your child is going to a friend’s house always be sure to speak to the adults in the house and make them aware of your child’s food allergy and special requirements.
If they are going to a child’s party it is important that other adults at the party are aware of your child’s food allergy.
You will need to know in advance if suitable food and party snacks will be available. If not, you will want to bring your own.
If you are going to a restaurant speak to someone at the restaurant first to make certain they can accommodate your needs.
If they can’t, or they seem too vague, simply choose another restaurant. You’ll find one that
Buffet style meals require extra vigilance. Be aware of the possibilities of cross contamination.
This can happen when the same utensils are used are used to serve from different plates of food.
You may want to consider ordering something from the menu specifically for your child.
- Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy. Dietary avoidance - general information. 2014. Available from: https://www.allergy.org.au/images/pcc/ASCIA_PCC_Dietary_avoidance_general_info_2014.pdf (Accessed Jun 2018).