Does your child have a food allergy? Eating at restaurants can be a rather stressful experience when your child has a food allergy, especially when it is a serious one!
I have discovered that I have an allergy to Flax Seed. While there is no official test (that I have been able to find) for this type of allergy, I am certain I have one due to the reaction that I have every time I consume Flax Seed. Now I can say from first hand experience just how scary food allergies really are and I would never EVER wish a food allergy on anyone, especially a child.
Unfortunately many restaurants don’t always have their ingredient lists on hand, so I have learned to ask good questions and to always err on the side of caution. Asking for white bread (unfortunately) is one way that I have learned to make safer choices when eating out.
We have added some printable allergy cards to our FREE Printables Page for you to keep in your purse or bag that you can fill out and hand to your server at a restaurant. These printable allergy cards can be shared with the kitchen staff as a visual reminder of your child’s allergy. While you still need to ask questions and be observant, these printable allergy cards are a fantastic tool to have on hand.
Another tip that I have learned from a few parents who have children with food allergies is to ALWAYS have some food on hand in your purse or bag that is safe for your child in the case that you are out somewhere and something is offered that isn’t safe for your child. No one wants a child to feel left out of a special treat!
Allermates have created these printable cards for Egg Allergies, Fish Allergies, Nut Allergies, Peanut Allergies, Shellfish Allergies and Wheat Allergies. They have also made a blank card for those children who have multiple allergies OR a sensitivity or allergy that hasn’t been listed.
This is a great card that you can use if your child has an allergy that hasn’t been listed above OR if they have multiple allergies, poor thing!
Wishing you an easier restaurant experience the next time you eat out with your child who has a food allergy!
Do you have any other tips for eating out with a child who has a food allergy?