Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to be with family and of course to have great food. Sometimes though your family members in attendance might have food allergies. Even if you’re not hosting the gathering, there are some steps and precautions you should take in order to insure that you and your family members have a great feast.

  • Ask your host/hostess what food is being brought or prepared.
  • Bring a dish that you made that is allergy-free, just in case anyone with allergies has no food to eat.
  • If your child has allergies, tell him or her about avoiding foods that you deem unsafe and how to avoid cross-contamination.
  • Don’t make assumptions about which foods are safe and wich are not. Traditional recipes that normally don’t have allergic ingredients can always be cross-contaminated with other allergic foods and they might have grandma’s special recipe, which could include allergic ingredients.
  • If you are hosting your Thanksgiving gathering and you want to serve a dish to everyone but your allergic child, make sure to clean all contaminated plates thoroughly. Clearly label what’s allergic for your child or any other family members.
  • Make sure your guests keep your child’s safety in mind and that they wash their hands before hugging your child or shaking hands.

These are great ways to help avoid allergic reactions. Remember though, if you or your family members suffer an allergic attack this Thanksgiving, take the proper medical steps advised by your doctor!

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