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Holiday food allergy guide: How to enjoy the season

Food and the holidays: They seem to go hand-in-hand. From nut-laden fudge, to cookies baked with butter and cream (to everything in between), having food allergies can make the holidays a difficult time. However, our holiday food allergy guide can help. The experts at Midwest Allergy want you and your family to enjoy the holiday […]

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Food and the holidays: They seem to go hand-in-hand. From nut-laden fudge, to cookies baked with butter and cream (to everything in between), having food allergies can make the holidays a difficult time. However, our holiday food allergy guide can help.

The experts at Midwest Allergy want you and your family to enjoy the holiday season. So, we are sharing our holiday food allergy guide so you and your loved ones can enjoy the holiday safely and happily.

In our holiday food allergy guide, we are offering tricks and tips for you. Read on:

1.       Go food free: There are food free alternatives for so many things nowadays. You can decorate foam snowmen or gingerbread men from the craft store if you wish, or have a snowball fight or fort building contest.

2.       Allergy friendly alternatives: If you want a little treat this holiday season, that’s great. Luckily, it’s easier than ever to find safer alternatives to traditional favorites like chocolate, sugar cookies and more for those with food allergies!

3.       Planning:  A little planning goes a long way. If you have a child with a food allergy, scoping out events and gatherings (and bringing a safe treat) can save disappointment and tears.

4.       Keep calm and carry epinephrine: The holiday season is a good time to watch a video about how to administer epinephrine, make sure you have a carrying case for it and that it isn’t expired.

5.       Allergy action plan: To that end, make sure everyone in your immediate family knows your allergy action plan. You cannot be too prepared. Even the smallest children can understand the rules and procedures.

6.       Talk: If you are hosting or attending a holiday party, have an open conversation with the host or guests. Honesty is the best policy and keeping the lines of communication open can help prevent a reaction – and allow everyone to have a great time.

Midwest Allergy

If you  have questions about food allergies this holiday season, make an appointment with one of our medical experts today!

 

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