In Florida, where Bottle Snugglers is located, Spring is in full bloom now. For us, Spring weekends bring tee ball games, which inevitably lead to team snacks. My four-year-old, Max, has egg and peanut allergies, so it’s a little trickier for him to participate in group snack activities most of the time.
We were responsible for snack this week, and we got some yogurt pretzels, Goldfish and snack mix and some Capri Suns. We didn’t want to embarrass him by bringing the usual Apple and Eve Berry Berry juice that he drinks at home. Somehow Capri Suns seemed cooler to the preschool athlete set.
While shopping for egg- and peanut-free foods, I remembered a list that I had of common “hidden” names for different allergens on food labels. It’s hard enough to find suitable foods without having to decipher which covert term the manufacturers are using on which product. Here are a few code words for eggs that you may see in your pantry: albumin, livetin, ovalbumin, lysozyme and globulin. Ugh. Why won’t they just admit they use eggs in the product?
Though we don’t have a corn allergy in our house, I realize that this one is very tough. Think of all of the foods that have corn syrup in them. And did you know that disposable diapers have corn starch in them? Take a look at these hidden “corn” ingredients. I bet you have them all over your pantry: baking powder, dextrin, fructose, lactic acid, grits, maltodextrin and Equal.
These are some of the tricks you learn when you discover that your child has a life-threatening allergy. It does take a little while longer at the supermarket. Thank goodness for allergy-free foods. The list is growing, which makes it easier for our kids to participate and not be singled out (as much).
It is so thoughtful when parents ask if any kids in a group have special dietary needs. Sometimes, I just bring Max’s snack anyway, but it’s very touching when we at least have a choice. Meanwhile, I will be happy to provide snack as often as needed if it keeps him in the fold.
Wish us luck tomorrow! Go River Cats!