1. Stay vigilant when buying non-food products: Egg substitutes or egg protein can be in paints, soap, cosmetics, hair masks, shampoo and conditioner, dog food and creams. Certain vaccines contain egg proteins too.
2. Contact restaurants in advance: Tell the restaurant about your egg allergy, so kitchen staff know well in advance to prepare your food on a separate workstation. Don’t forget to also mention your allergy as your food is served. Please avoid self-service buffets as they may pose a risk of cross-contamination.
3. Follow kitchen food allergy etiquette: Store egg-free food separately and clearly label containers to avoid cross-contamination. Because egg can remain on sponges, use antibacterial wipes to clean surfaces, pots, pans and cutlery. Always wash your hands before eating at a clean table.
4. Take extra care while travelling: Bring your own food or request an egg-free meal on trains, buses and airplanes. Wipe down surfaces before eating and always have your allergy medicine (and spares) to hand. If you’re bringing your own medication, you may need to show a doctor’s note to customs and security. Translation apps can help you read allergens in other languages.
5. Create a food allergy action plan: Speak to your child’s healthcare provider about creating a food allergy action plan. If your child is old enough, encourage them to make their own decisions by starting conversations around different foods and egg-containing products. This builds their confidence to raise egg-allergy concerns on their own.
6. Don’t be shy to tell someone special: Trace allergens can linger in saliva. So, it’s essential you tell someone about your egg allergy before you share a kiss. Just don’t share food, glasses and straws or cutlery.