When our child entered Kindergarten, the concept of peanut free schools didn’t exist and trying to educate his teachers about food allergens was quite a challenge to say the least. My only choice was to teach our child how to live with food allergies.
At the age of two, I started taking him to the supermarket almost daily to help him visually learn what he could and could not eat. By age four, he was reading labels and could tell if it was safe to eat the food. “Better safe than sorry” continues to be our mantra. Not eating and...
The use of Epipen Junior auto injectors continues to grow due to the increase in the number of children with severe allergies to foods such as peanuts, eggs, nuts, milk,and soy.
Peanut allergy is on the rise as well as the need to use epinephrine auto injectors to stop allergic reactions from escalating to anaphylactic shock. Unfortunately each year that goes by, more children are diagnosed with life threatening peanut allergy and the risk of exposure is growing at a much rapid pace due to the increase in the use of peanuts in prepared foods and food recipes.
Today peanuts are more widely used by chefs than ever before especially at restaurants, due to the increase in popularity of ethnic sauces and marinades. Mexican and Asian foods are on top of the list.
Always read labels even if you have eaten the specific brand package good product before. Companies change ingredients and label warnings depending on where their foods are manufactured. Why having to read so much? Traces of peanuts could be found in many package good items. Thanks to new US government regulations, more and more companies are including not only the allergens warning in their ingredients but also the "may contain" traces due to manufacturing facilities sharing same equipment.