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Host an Allergy-Friendly Birthday Party

04/25/2016 10:25AM, Published by Hood Magazine, Categories: Nutrition, In Print, Health




By Alyssa Kuecker, Avera Health 



With the streamers hung and favors ready, you’re prepared for the frenzy of energetic guests at your child’s birthday celebration. But when one small guest announces he’s allergic to gluten, you panic; somebody won’t get to taste your crowning glory, a triple chocolate layer cake.

 

“The most prevalent food allergies are wheat, gluten, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, dairy, egg, fish and shellfish,” said Amanda Curley, Registered Dietitian at Avera Medical Group Gastroenterology Sioux Falls. “Gluten, eggs and dairy can be found in cupcakes alone.”

 

Use the following tips to help you prepare an allergy-friendly birthday party.

 

Proactive parents

The first step to handling allergy concerns at a birthday party is honest and open-minded dialogue between the child’s parents and the host.

 

When writing out invitations, include a line near the RSVP requesting parents to disclose whether or not their child has an allergy. Even if the invitation doesn’t include such a request, parents of the invited child should kindly reach out and make this known.

 

These parents can go one step further by suggesting safe party foods or even providing treats their child can eat. If you, the host, feel a little nervous about managing a child’s allergy needs, ask the parent if he or she could attend the party and put you at ease.

 

Allergy-friendly products

While grocery shopping, look for foods and brands that are allergy friendly.

 

“One great brand found at most grocery stores is ‘Enjoy Life,’” said Curley. “They’ve created cookies, bars and baking mixes that are free from most common allergies.” This option is especially useful if you’re dealing with multiple allergies rather than just one!

 

You can also give parents the birthday menu and invite them to make slight suggestions. For example, corn tortillas can easily replace flour tortillas to accommodate a gluten allergy.

 

Goodie bags filled with stickers, bubbles, pencils or coloring sheets can replace food treats altogether, too.

 

Fun with healthy food

Fruits and vegetables are tasty, healthy options that are usually safe to replace sweet or salty treats.

 

“Fruit kabobs can serve as both dessert and a fun, do-it-yourself project at a birthday party,” said Curley. “Smoothies and snow cones are other treats to consider rather than cake and ice cream.”

 

Search Pinterest, too. On a tray, arrange fruits and vegetables into rainbows or colorful cartoon heads, such as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

 

Handling a reaction

Nothing kills the party vibe faster. Mistakes happen; one ingredient was overlooked or cross-contamination may occur between bowls. Knowing exactly how to handle a reaction requires ample communication between parents. Children should have their medicine or EpiPen® at the party, and the host should know how to access and administer treatment if parents aren’t around. Call 911 if the child goes into shock.

 

“Remember, the most important part is to make sure everyone has a great time and feels included,” said Curley. “With a little awareness and communication, planning an allergy-friendly birthday party is possible.”



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    Join us for Free First Fridays, whether you are new to the area, new to the Pavilion, or even a r...


  • Little All Stars

    04/07/2017
    06:30PM — 07:20PM

    -Ages: Walking - 6 years -10 punches per card -Cards do not expire


  • Rodgers + Hammerstein's CINDERELLA

    04/07/2017
    07:30PM — 10:00PM

    Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA is the Tony Award®- winning Broadway musical from the creators...


  • Little All Stars

    04/08/2017
    09:00AM — 09:50AM

    -Ages: Walking - 6 years -10 punches per card -Cards do not expire


  • SFLS Craft & Vendor Fair

    04/08/2017
    09:00AM — 02:00PM

    Come on out for a day of shopping! Food Trucks, Craft Vendors, Gifts, Face Painting, Baby Gifts, ...


  • Super 2nd Saturday

    04/08/2017
    10:00AM — 02:00PM

    Super 2nd Saturday is a special new program for our patrons! Each month features new exciting, ed...


  • Super Second Saturdays

    04/08/2017
    10:00AM — 02:00PM

    Super 2nd Saturday is a special new program for our patrons! Each month features new exciting, ed...


  • Spring Party

    04/08/2017
    10:00AM — 11:30AM

    Hop on over to Morningside Community Center. We will be playing games, making friends and making ...


  • Tee-Ball

    04/08/2017
    10:00AM — 10:45AM

    Come to this intro class on tee-ball.where you can learn to play the sport or practice the skills...


  • Easter Bunny at Sioux Empire Mall

    04/08/2017
    10:00AM — 08:00PM

    IT'S TIME FOR EASTER BUNNY PHOTOS He'll be waiting for you Center Court. Simply go to simon.noe...


  • R is for Robot

    04/08/2017
    10:30AM — 11:30AM

    It's a robot party. Come join Chip, Sprocket, and all the other robots as we explore all thing ro...


  • Infant CPR

    04/08/2017
    11:00AM — 12:00PM

    Monthly on the second Saturday


  • Tee-Ball

    04/08/2017
    11:00AM — 11:45AM

    Come to this intro class on tee-ball.where you can learn to play the sport or practice the skills...


  • ATTENTION RETURNING CAMPERS! RECONNECT WITH YOUR CAMP FRIENDS! PLAY YOUR FAVORITE CAMP SPORT! ...


  • Saturday Cookie Decorating Days

    04/08/2017
    02:00PM — 04:30PM

    Call us by Friday 605-978-0991 and you can come in and decorate cookies on Saturday! We do cookie...


  • Rodgers & Hammerstein's CINDERELLA

    04/08/2017
    02:00PM — 05:00PM

    Rodgers + Hammerstein's CINDERELLA Mary W. Sommervold Hall Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA i...


  • Super Saturday's

    04/08/2017
    06:00PM — 08:00PM

    We are bringing back our Saturday night open gym! Every Saturday night from 6-8pm! Anyone ages 6-...


  • R is for Robot

    04/08/2017
    06:15PM — 07:15PM

    It's a robot party. Come join Chip, Sprocket, and all the other robots as we explore all thing ro...


  • Rodgers + Hammerstein's CINDERELLA

    04/08/2017
    07:30PM — 10:00PM

    Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA is the Tony Award®- winning Broadway musical from the creators...


  • Rodgers & Hammerstein's CINDERELLA

    04/08/2017
    07:30PM — 10:00PM

    Rodgers + Hammerstein's CINDERELLA Mary W. Sommervold Hall Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA i...


  • Archival Preservation Program

    04/09/2017
    02:00PM — 04:00PM

    Do you have important documents you would like to preserve? If so, the Old Courthouse Museum w...


  • Stained Glass Concert

    04/09/2017
    02:30PM — 04:30PM

    EVENT OVERVIEW: Join the SDSO for the sixth season of the Stained Glass Series. Experience the...



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