Allergy worries a little nuts
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.