Al­lergy wor­ries a lit­tle nuts

The Cairns Post - - LIFESTYLE - LAU­REN DOR lau­ren.dor@news.com.au

IN my school years, in the good old days grow­ing up in Cairns, al­ler­gies were un­heard of. I sat down to think about any of my mates who had prob­lems with a par­tic­u­lar food and I was stumped. To­day though, you will no­tice the signs of a peanut crossed out adorn­ing the walls of class­rooms and child­care cen­tres. Some schools have even taken the mas­sive step of go­ing com­pletely nut free. Some al­ler­gies are so se­vere they don’t need to be in­gested to cause ana­phy­laxis. I knew of a child who had a se­vere egg al­lergy. One day she re­acted from touch­ing a fence, where an­other child had wiped some egg. From what I heard, it was quite a scary ex­pe­ri­ence for ev­ery­one in­volved. Of all the read­ing I’ve done on al­ler­gies and in­tol­er­ances, Liz Richards of Sim­ple Nour­ish­ment re­ally makes the most sense. She has a calm, com­mon sense ap­proach and talks about in­ves­ti­gat­ing the true cause of the al­lergy be­fore re­mov­ing it from a diet. In par­tic­u­lar, she ques­tions schools mak­ing the de­ci­sion to be­come nut-free zones, say­ing it doesn’t em­power the child with the al­lergy, or those around them, to be­come ed­u­cated and to look out for each other. So per­haps a lit­tle more tun­ing in to us and our kids is what we all need.

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