A note from Bev
My son Levi is not allergic to just one thing, he has allergies to milk, dairy, soya, nuts (all kinds) and potato as well as not being allowed to even try certain foods such as fish and shellfish, peas, beans and lentils. So food choices are limited as such. He is only three so we have not had a big birthday party for him yet though whenever we eat out (which is not very often) or go to a person's home to eat it does tend to mean that we are taking food with us. It is just less stressful for us and less stressful for the person we are visiting. When it comes to birthdays at school here in Belgium they still bring in either cakes or cookies for the child to share with the class so I have special treats for Levi that are always there “just in case”.
A note from Kate
As a mum of allergy-free kids, allergies as such, aren't a concern for me. But as a mum of a child with ADHD I do need to monitor colour additives in foods and sugar intakes...But birthdays are birthdays, and need to celebrated! As a teacher, I've watched many kids miss out on the 'special treats' due nut, egg, dairy and (far too often) gluten allergies. Out comes the ziplock bag with treats that they have brought from home, as the child longingly stares at their peers' special treats, wondering why they can't have that scrumptious cupcake.
The latest policy for many schools and preschools is to ban birthday treats altogether. "Mum are you going to make cakes for my class?" is becoming a thing of the past as allergies amongst children continue to grow. That moment when the class sings to you - the teacher places a crown on your head, then you hand out a special treat to your class- mates is a moment that every child looks forward to and has fond memories of...
I'm not a doctor or an expect but Bev from 'i bake without' and I have come up with a few useful suggestions to help create that inclusive party, because we believe that taking the time to learn about the allergies in your child's class is just as important as learning their names.
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There are plenty of foods that an allergic child CAN have, I mean the amount of foods in existence is pretty vast people! The place to start is to ask the parent of the allergic child if they can provide you with suggestions, most of us already have lists of foods that are safe for our children to eat and will happily share and advise and even provide a few treats if it means our child can be included in a “safe” party. Hopefully we can provide a few ideas to you to help you create that fabulous “inclusive” party. Bev xo