Next week (26 May - 1 June) is Food Allergy Week. With the tag line, Be Aware, Show You Care we thought it was a great time to spread awareness about food allergy - including potentially deadly food allergies.
Did you know that one in 10 babies born in Australia today will develop some sort of food allergy?
If you suspect your little one may have an allergy it is important to see a qualified professional (such as a GP, Pediatrician or Specialist Allergist), who can make the diagnosis.
Would you know what to do if your loved one had an allergic reaction? This video from Allergy and Anaphylaxis Australia helps to understand the signs and symptoms, and how to best respond.
Allergy and Anaphylaxis Australia also share some great tips on managing food allergies:
Avoiding the food trigger(s) is key - if you know there is a particular allergy stay away from this food.
Always read the label: recipes can change without warning and seemingly harmful products can contain allergens (we learnt this one the hard way...)
Be mindful of hidden ingredients (for example: mayonnaise, gelato and homemade ice cream = egg, rissoles = tree nuts, curries such as massaman curry = peanuts, some chocolate sauces = hazelnuts, etc).
Be aware of cross-contamination: don’t share utensils, cooking areas or come in contact with children (or adults!) if you’ve been eating their allergen...in this case a kiss from Grandma could have dire consequences!
Disclose allergies when eating out and check the menu carefully - if unsure, ask!
Some of our favourite allergy-friendly and kid-friendly recipes and cafes are below.
Our Favourite Allergy-Friendly Recipes:
Sweet Potato Pikelets - recipe by Wholesome Child
Chocolate Cake by Thrive
Best 10 Allergy-Friendly Cafes in Melbourne (and surrounds):
Mister Nice Guys Bake Shop - Ascot Vale
Fox In The Box - Brighton
Serotonin Eatery - Burnley
Wellzone Gluten Free Cafe - Camberwell
Mama Bear - Flemington
Seedling Cafe - Melbourne
The Organic Food and Wine Deli - Melbourne
Invita Living Food - Melbourne
Patch - Richmond
Healthy Self Co - Yarraville
Visit Allergy and Anaphylaxis Australia for more information on allergies and allergy management. Enjoy your allergy-friendly food!! Bon Appétit!