Dr Mark Rosenthal

MD MB ChB FRCP FRCPCH BSc

Consultant in Paediatric Respiratory Medicine

also specialist in Food Allergies & Disorders of Sleep

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T: 0207 351 8832

E: s.harvey@rbht.nhs.uk

A:The Royal Brompton Hospital, London, SW3 6NP

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With the right preparation it is possible to manage food allergies in children when you are travelling.

Travel with food allergy

Who Should You Inform About the Allergy?

Many airlines, hotels and other businesses will be aware of food allergies in children, so they can help you to enjoy your trip safely if you let them know about the allergy before you travel.

  • Most airlines will have an allergy policy, so they will be able to prepare a separate meal for your child if you inform them about it when you book. It is also a good idea to mention the allergy to a flight attendant after you board the plan.
  • Let your hotel know about the allergy when you book. Many hotels have good allergy policies and will be able to cater for your child. It can be very useful to have a reliable hotel restaurant where you know your child can eat safely.
  • Check that your travel insurance will cover food allergies in children, just in case you need medical care while you are abroad.

Packing

Another important part of preparing for your trip is ensuring that you pack everything you need. There are a few extras you might need to carry when your child has an allergy.

  • Carry some safe snacks on fights and day trips, so that you always have an easy option when your child gets hungry.
  • Bring cleaning wipes for tables, aeroplane seats, rental cars and anywhere else people may have been eating.
  • Make sure you have your child’s medication with you at all times, including in your hand luggage if you’re flying.
  • Write down the details of your child’s allergy, medication and contact information for the emergency services and nearest hospital and get it translated into the local language.
  • Do some research on local restaurants and bring a list of allergy-friendly places and dishes that will be suitable for your child.

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