Many Play Doughs Contain Wheat & Gluten

Food Allergies at the Crafts Table

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For a child with food allergies, even arts & crafts can be a scary thing. Some are obvious, such as:

  • Macaroni art could be a problem for children allergic to wheat or eggs.
  • Food baking projects.
  • Any project involving nuts, beans or seeds.

But there are some others that you need to be aware of.

  • Craft paste – craft paste can contain wheat starch. Check with manufacturers for their ingredients.
  • Some crayons contain soy. You’ll want to check with the manufacturer.
  • Play-Doh® contains wheat. An alternative is modeling clay.
  • Reuse of empty containers – It seems like a good idea to reuse empty containers such as egg cartons and milk containers. But if there’s any allergen residue left behind, it could be a problem. Better to use new containers.
  • Tempura paint typically contains egg. Look for other paints.

Ingredients can change so it’s a good idea to check regularly with the manufacturer of craft supplies.

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  1. Do your best to avoid things that have very strong odors since that can be an allergy trigger as well. Perfume, hair spray, cleaning solutions and insecticides are just several of the things that you should try to avoid if that is at all possible. If you have to use any of these things only use them sparingly.

  2. Up to 30 percent of people who suffer from seasonal allergies may also experience cross-sensitivity after ingesting certain foods. This leads to a tingling, burning or itchy sensation in the throat and may be a result of a reaction between these foods and pollen. If you are allergic to grass pollens, be wary of melons, oranges and tomatoes.

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