Food allergies could be fatal if a child comes into contact with certain foods. Great care must be taken to ensure a child doesn’t come into to contact with their (allergen). Intolerances aren’t as severe as allergies, and are generally identified by parents as they notice their child may have diarrhoea after eating certain foods. On the initial visit to the setting, parents are given a questionnaire (below) about their child’s dietary needs.
It is important that only key personnel prepare the children’s meals and reminders are set in place so that the child doesn’t come into contact with the food. It is also important that the children are supervised whilst eating, so food from another child’s plate doesn’t get mixed up with the child who has the allergy, and if an allergic reaction occurs emergency help can be called. Signs of an allergic reaction are:
- Swelling of lips and eyes.
- Redness of the face.
- Difficulty breathing.
Fresh water available throughout the day. Meals served with fresh juice or milk. Occasional treats such as cakes and cookies for special occasions that children have prepared for themselves. All meals are in line with government guidelines to provide a healthy balanced diet meeting all nutritional needs.