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Food Allergies Abroad


It's a safe bet that in your travels abroad your family will eat foods you've never tried before and you won't always be sure what's in those foods. We're not just talking about foods you haven't encountered – even familiar foods may be prepared in a way that brings them into contact with allergens. Also, a language barrier may make it hard to be sure no "banned" foods are present.


When a child has food allergies, it's something to take seriously, but doesn't mean your family can't take a trip abroad.

  Here's the most common food allergies symptons:
    Itching, hives, swelling skin (lips and hands and throat)
    Stomach upset including nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea
    Nasal congestion
    Shortness of breath
  Be Prepared
    Get a MedicAlert bracelet.
    Arrange to carry an emergency injection of epinephrine. Have it in a clearly marked container and carry a letter of explanation from your physician.
    Have a prescription you can fill overseas.
    Know how to use the local emergency system – find out the local number for 911.
    Learn CPR. Even if you aren't sure anyone in your family has a genuine allergy, knowing basic CPR will give you all a level of confidence no matter where you are, at home or abroad.
  Travel Tips –
    Find out about local foods Before you go, research typical dishes of the countries you'll visit. For example, in Thailand or other countries of Southeast Asia, peanuts are a staple. In France, pastries can contain ground almonds, e.g. finaciers or macarons.
    Apartment and house rentals Rent an apartment with a kitchen in cities, a house in the country, and cook for your family. It's fun to shop locally for food, and rather than a limitation, food allergies become part of your travel experience.
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