It’s hard not to love Easter with its egg hunts, dyed eggs, and beautiful spring setting. If you have food allergies, though, Easter can present a number of challenges.
Here are a few tips to make Easter safer for people with allergies and food sensitivities:
- Egg substitutes – From colored eggs to deviled eggs to breakfast egg casseroles, eggs are in rich supply this time of year. If you have an egg allergy, though, make sure to avoid them. And if you have a child with an egg allergy, present alternatives so they don’t feel left out. If kids are eating the eggs that they decorated, for example, have one of your child’s favorite foods on hand instead.
- Pollens – Spring floral arrangements abound this time of year, but flowers and greenery can trigger allergic reactions. If you move outside on Easter to enjoy the spring weather, you may get hit with a barrage of pollen. As tempting as the great outdoors may seem, check the forecast and stay indoors when pollens are at high levels.
- Traveling concerns – Easter is often spent with family and friends, but this can pose a challenge if they have pets that stir up your allergies. If you typically react to pets, prepare to stay a safe distance from the animals or come armed with antihistamines to block your symptoms. It’s also a good idea to alert your host in advance about any food allergies that you or your children may have. If you’re unsure about a certain food, make sure to ask about its ingredients before trying it.
- Easter candies – Candy is delicious but also dangerous for people who have allergies to ingredients like peanuts, tree nuts, milk chocolate, etc. If you have a child with allergies, teach them to read labels so they know which candies they can safely eat.
An allergic reaction could put a damper on your holiday, but if you prepare smartly and stay vigilant, you can keep the holiday allergy-free.