How to Recognise and Deal with Allergenic Reaction to Food

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An allergic reaction is the body’s response to something it is sensitive to. The immune system fights the source of the allergy and tries to get rid of what it thinks is a threat. The most common foods that children are allergic to are the following nuts, dairy, eggs, wheat and soya. These can be found in such things as milk, bread and nuts can be hidden in foods so you much check before using to make sure it is nut free. If a child has an allergy then there would be a record of this as the parents or carers would have let them settings know before the child started that they had an allergy. Also this would be kept on a form in the kitchen where the food is made so the person making the food would know who is allergic to what. If a child was to have an allergic reaction to food while at the setting then you would give them their prescribed medication for example an Epipen. This would be given by a trained member of staff for example the first aider and this would be given in the child’s muscle on their outer thigh. You would be able to recognise the signs and symptoms of an allergic reaction as the child would be displaying the following such as sneezing, itchy mouth, eyes or throat, watery eyes. In severe cases then the child would have a swollen larynx, eyes, lips or tongue and they also would be having difficulty breathing and may be even have vomiting and diarrhoea. But in mild cases most children will just come out with a nasty rash after eating and would keep scratching at it. If a child was in my care and was to have an allergic reaction then I would follow these steps first of all I would check if the reaction was mild, moderate or severe, then I would call the first aider but if I was the first aider and it was a severe cases then I would give the child their Epipen and call 999 for an ambulance then monitor the child until the ambulance arrived. I would
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