Your child’s diet: allergies and intolerances

Posted 27th November, 2017

Having a little one with a food allergy or intolerance can be an added worry when you’re looking around at childcare settings.

However, it’s something we’ve experienced with many children over the years we’ve been running our four Ofsted outstanding nurseries across Telford – so we’re well used to dealing with different dietary needs.

One of the first things we’ll do when you express an interest in joining the ABC family is invite you to come and look around on a day of your choice at either 10am or 2pm.

That’ll give you the opportunity to ask as many questions as you like about all aspects of our care, including how we deal with each child’s allergies or intolerances.

You can also have a look at where we prepare and serve the food and find out more about what’s usually dished up on a daily basis.

If you opt to start sending your little one to ABC then of course we’ll talk more in depth with you about exactly what your child can and can’t eat, which alternatives we can offer and any extra considerations when it comes to preparing their food. This information will all be recorded in their file and all staff members who will be involved in their mealtimes will be briefed.

If you think of any additional questions or anything changes following a new appointment or development, all you’ll need to do is let us know as soon as you can and we can make any necessary changes.

The facts:

  • Allergies are caused when the body’s immune system reacts differently to certain foods. The most common allergies in children are milk, eggs, peanuts and tree nuts, fish and shellfish.Reactions can range from a rash, itchiness, swelling and vomiting right through to anaphylaxis which can be life-threatening.
  • Around 1 in every 14 children under the age of three has a food allergy. Most with allergies to milk, eggs, soya and wheat will grow out of it by the time they start school but around 80 per cent of children with peanut allergies will remain allergic for their entire lives.
  • Food intolerances can be difficult to pin down as the symptoms (bloating, tummy pain, diarrhoea) can be caused by all sorts of other things.
  • Normally a food diary needs to be kept to monitor what happens when specific foods are eliminated then reintroduced to the person’s diet.
  • Intolerances differ from allergies as they don’t involve the immune system and aren’t ever life-threatening.
    You should always check with a GP or dietician before eliminating certain foods from your child’s diet.

(All information from the NHS)