My 6 yr old Grandson has an egg and nut allergy. During a brunch he asked if he could taste an egg. When we explained that he can only eat some things with eggs that are baked he asked his Mom if he could put an egg in the oven and bake it for him. It broke our heart to tell him we couldn't. Needless to say, no explanation helped with his disappointment or our sadness. All the child wanted was to TASTE an egg! Does anyone have any suggestions for dealing with such issues?
By PeanutAllergy.com on Feb 7, 2016
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Thank you for your question. Explaining food allergies to children can be a difficult experience. However, it’s definitely important that a child understands the seriousness of his/her allergy.
We recommend speaking to a doctor about what egg substitutes might be suitable for the child. Once you get the okay to try certain brands, it will be up to the child to see which flavor seems the best. There are also ways to replace eggs in recipes that calls for them when it comes to baking. Applesauce, for example, can be a flavorful alternative. You can learn more about baking with applesauce here.
You can also consider getting creative with recipes. While the child cannot eat specific allergens, there are still ways to make eating fun. Try making snacks more playful by creating theme around a certain theme or experimenting with shapes and designs. You can also find plenty of nut-free and egg-free recipes that are still exciting and flavorful. You can browse through some of our recipes here. Nut-free recipes are designated with the label ‘nut free.’
You might also run into an issue when it comes to explaining the seriousness of a food allergy to friends or family members. Not all people can properly understand the need to take an allergy seriously. It’s important to have honest and open communication with others about a food allergic child’s needs. You can read some tips for communicating with friends, family and caregivers here.
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We hope this information helps. Take care!