Allergic to Eggs? Try These Eggcellent Ways to Celebrate Easter
Anaphylaxis Community Experts share ways to celebrate without this key ingredient
Easter traditions often include eggs, either as part of a fun holiday activity or a recipe. For people with life-threatening egg allergies, the key to staying safe is to be aware and prepared for an unexpected exposure.
Approximately 1.5% of young children have life-threatening egg allergies. Creating Easter traditions without the threat of egg exposure is easy to do. A little planning and creative thinking is what’s required to have a fun and tasty celebration.
Kids with egg allergies can participate in Easter games and activities. Consider the following ideas:
- Coloring eggs is a safe activity, as long as the person with egg allergies does not eat the eggs. Touching the hard shell poses no threat.
- Use plastic eggs for your Easter egg hunt and fill them with toys, money, stickers, or candy. Just be sure to read candy labels first!
- You can also use plastic eggs instead of real ones when playing the “egg in a spoon” race.
Getting together with family for the holiday? Be sure to include egg-free recipes when cooking meals and ask about ingredients in recipes made by others. For each egg required in a recipe, substitute one of these mixtures:
- 1 and 1/2 tablespoons water, 1 and 1/2 tablespoons cooking oil & 1 teaspoon of baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1 tablespoon water and 1 tablespoon vinegar
- 1 teaspoon apricot puree
- 1 packet of plain gelatin mixed with 2 tablespoons of warm water.
Source: Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston, TX
Easter celebrations should be fun and inclusive. But, everyone with life-threatening food allergies should be prepared for the unexpected accidental exposure. Preparation includes always carrying 2 doses of your prescribed epinephrine auto-injector and knowing what the signs and symptoms are of an anaphylactic reaction.
The Anaphylaxis Community Experts (ACEs) program is developed by Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA) and the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI), sponsored by Mylan Specialty, LP. The ACEs program goal is to save lives through showing parents, teachers, school nurses, emergency responders, and others how to recognize and respond immediately to anaphylaxis symptoms. To request an ACE team presentation, contact Dr. Zacharisen at 406-451-7017.
Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA) is the leading national nonprofit organization dedicated to ending needless death and suffering due to asthma, allergies and related conditions. AANMA specializes in sharing family-friendly, medically accurate information through its award-winning publications Allergy & Asthma Today magazine and The MA Report newsletter, its web site at www.aanma.org and numerous community outreach programs. Follow AANMA on Facebook at facebook.com/AANMA and on Twitter at twitter.com/AANMA.
The American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology is a professional association of allergists/immunologists and allied health professionals dedicated to promoting excellence in the practice of allergy and immunology. www.acaai.org Dr. Zacharisen is a Fellow of the ACAAI.
This educational information does not take the place of your physician’s advice.