Children, allergies and Christmas treats

Christmas is fast approaching and shops are filled with selection boxes, chocolates and all sorts of treats. Kids all over Ireland rush daily to open the door on their Advent Calendar and enjoy the scrummy chocolate disc hidden within.

For children with food allergies this is something they would love to experience but is rarely possible.

Christmas is a time when we all look forward to indulging a little but living with a serious or potentially life threatening food allergy really limits the range of products available, whether at Christmas or at other festive times of the year.

Many children have more than one food allergy or intolerance which restricts even further their options for sweets, chocolates, biscuits, cakes and other goodies everyone looks forward to at this time of year.

Thankfully there is some light on the horizon and companies have realised the potential in creating products that are suitable for people with various allergies, intolerances or who are coeliac.

Supermarkets own brands usually have fewer ingredients and are good value so it is worth checking these out.

Christmas is often referred to as a magical time of year for children and I think we can all be a little more creative in our gifts to ensure food allergy or intolerance isn’t preventing our kids from enjoying that experience. As for all children, keep portions small when it comes to treats.

Over the years I have used many of the following ideas, which I hope will give you some inspiration:

For a child who loves little trucks or farm vehicles buy a cheaper version and fill them with suitable sweets and chocolate or home-made biscuits and cover with cellophane and tinsel. A mug with their name on or favourite cartoon character, a little handbag or a nicely decorated box can all be filled and decorated.

The Chocolate Christmas Cake recipes I have included are delicious and you can really let your creative juices take over to make them look special and personalised for your child. As well as plastic Santa’s, Snowmen, Christmas Trees etc, add a little Lego person or cartoon character, car or other toy can be placed on top. What a surprise for them!

Wishing you all a very happy and healthy Christmas.


Posted: 19/12/2013 15:48:49 by Maureen Paul
Filed under: Allergies, Children, Christmas, Intolerance, Recipes

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Maureen Paul
I’m the CE of Allergy NI. We are a small charity based in Newtownabbey, County Antrim but are involved in a lot of vital support for children and families with serious or potentially life-threatening allergies. I myself have multiple food allergies including peanuts, egg, soya, suphites and salicylates so I fully understand the difficulties our members experience on a daily basis. As my role is very demanding I like to relax by walking, baking, and regular trips to Malahide; a great place to chill out!