Making allergy friendly lunches for back to school

San Antonio, TX – August 23, 2016 – With 1 in 13 kids affected by food allergies, it’s more important than ever to determine what’s safe for children to bring to school in case of other children’s food allergies.

“Even the crumbs from a bag of peanuts can cause a major allergic reaction in a child,” says Dr. Christopher Thompson. “Being aware and avoiding allergenic foods in your child’s lunch could prevent serious reactions.”

When making food for children when they are around others and could be sharing food, a good rule is to avoid using anything from the big 8. The big 8 is a group of 8 foods that account for 90% of all food allergies. Here’s a list of alternatives for each of these 8 types of food.

·        Peanut: Sun butter and other sunflower seed products

·        Tree Nut: Seeds like chia, sunflower, and flax

·        Milk: Coconut Milk

·        Egg: Commercial egg replacement products like Ener-G Egg Replacer

·        Fish: Other meat proteins like beef and chicken. Non-meat proteins like lentils and beans

·        Shellfish: Other meat proteins like beef and chicken. Non-meat proteins like lentils and beans

·        Soy: Lentils and quinoa

·        Wheat: Gluten-free forms of bread or use a corn-based wrap like a tortilla

About Texan Allergy & Sinus Center:

Texan Allergy & Sinus Center is a statewide allergy and sinus clinic that started in 2012 under the care and supervision of Dr. Christopher Thompson. The company has grown exponentially since then, adding several locations in Austin, San Antonio, Waco, Midland, El Paso, and Dallas-Fort Worth. Having cared for tens of thousands of patients,Texan Allergy & Sinus Center specializes in sublingual immunotherapy for allergies by creating personalized allergy drops that can be taken by severely allergic patients of all ages.

About Christopher Thompson, MD:

Dr. Thompson is a Board Certified Otolaryngologist, Head & Neck Surgeon with over 20 years of experience practicing medicine in Texas. He earned his undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering from Texas A & M University in College Station and went on to receive his Doctorate of Medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. Dr. Thompson completed his residency with the Department of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.

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