Post # 1
One of my friends is coming to the wedding with her daughter who is 2 years old and has multiple severe allergies to many things found in lots of dishes, including most nuts, sesame, eggs, and mustard.
I love this little kid but I’m worried about how far I need to go to safely accomodate her. I have already recommended that my friend bring a separate meal for her – even if we think some of the dishes would be safe, I don’t think it’s worth risking – do I need to ensure that these items are not in any of the food? Is it enough to make sure they are seated far far away from the buffet table? I’d really appreciate advice from anybody with allergic kids/experience!
Post # 3
I am allergic to a lot of food items and am familiar with food allergies and really, it depends on the extent of her allergies. For example, some people need to actually eat nuts before they get an allergic reaction; others are allergic to just the airbourne particles alone (hence why sometimes, you can’t eat peanuts on the plane). If all of her allergies are consumption-based, then if her mother can bring her meal separately. If you really trust your caterer, you can ask that NONE of your menu items have any of the offensive ingredients in it. I wouldn’t recommend that you just keep it away from her meal because there’s a high chance of cross-contamination IMO.
Post # 4
I’d check with the mom. Food allergies can be triggered anywhere from just being in the air to only causing problems if consumed. Reactions can also be mild to life threatening. I’d would ask the parent’s advice and find out if any ingrdients need to be left out of all the food just in case or it’s safe enough to have them around just that the little one shouldn’t eat them.
Post # 5
Mom should have a medical plan of action from her allergist, which I am sure she does. She will also know if the child has a reaction through airborne or if food is consumed. I would not trust the buffet food. Cross contamination from spoons and in preparation is very common.
I worked in allergy practice and had a son with many food allergies. In addition to avoiding foods, we never went anywhere without antihistamines and an Epipen ( injectable adrenaline) for severe reactions. An allergist will have some medication prescribed for reactions. I would check with Mom and make sure she will have meds with her. At times, I would pre-medicate my son if i knew we were going to be someplace where exposure was likely. I would also make sure you know where nearest medical facility is.
You are taking the right precautions. Just know that despite all the preparations, sometimes reactions will occur BUT with the right medications on hand, severe reactions can be prevented. Preparation is the key.