If you or your child have been diagnosed with a food allergy, you’re likely reading food labels daily and researching substitutes for favorite recipe ingredients. It’s important to know that certain allergens can be found in common, non-food items around your home. Here are four common items that may contain food allergens and what you can do about it:
Pet food has evolved over the years to give our sweet cats and dogs more nutritious meals. But, it’s important to know that some pet food may contain allergens such as eggs, fish, and milk. Make sure you read the label on every pet food bag you buy to ensure it does not contain an allergen.
Creamy bath soap, makeup, and even shampoos and conditioners may contain allergens. Because these items are applied to your skin, it’s likely that a rash may be the first sign of an allergic reaction, so it’s vital to be on the lookout. Check the label every time you buy to ensure the manufacturers have not changed the ingredients.
Store-Bought Play Dough
Play dough is a staple to childhood. But did you know that store-bought playdough contains wheat? For those who are extremely sensitive or allergic to wheat, touching playdough could cause an allergic reaction, especially if it’s accidentally consumed. Instead of buying playdough at the store, you can make wheat-free playdough at home and keep the fun going!
Birdseed for Beloved Birdfeeders
Although not one of the top 8 food allergens, seeds can present a serious allergic reaction to those whose immune system overreacts to them. More than just seeds, other birdseed products may include peanuts, nuts, and wheat. Because birds (and squirrels) are messy eaters, birdseed often falls to the ground. This can be dangerous for young kids who don’t understand their allergy yet and come across the birdseed on the ground.