Having a child with food allergies does not mean you can never eat
out again. However, it will require some planning.
- Avoid risky restaurants.
- If you are ordering from a
menu, choose simply prepared foods such as baked poratoes, steamed
vegetables or broiled meat.
- Avoid sauces and toppings; talk to the
chef, if necessary.
- If in doubt, bring your child's food with you,
so she can safely enjoy the social aspects of eating out.
- If you're
planning to eat at a friend's house, offer to bring your child's
food, and let the person know what foods must
- Peanuts or peanut butter are
sometimes used in spaghetti sauce, gravy and pie crusts; butter
is often used to add
flavor to steamed
or broiled meats. Ask questions about how the food
- Food fried at a restaurant may present a high risk.
For example, if the oil used to fry fish is reused to fry other
protein from the fish will contaminate the oil and
all other foods fried
with this oil.
- Muffins and many desserts often contain
nuts or other ingredients you may not suspect; be careful when eating them or avoid them to be safe.