Jan 27, 2017 by Comfort Keepers of Walnut Creek
Senior care professionals are committed to assisting your senior loved one lead a healthy and nutritious life. By helping seniors prepare wholesome meals and providing companionship, our caregivers strive to brighten meal time and ensure that your senior receives the nourishment they need. One way we preserve happiness at meal times is to remain cognizant of any food allergies, and be on the lookout for any developing food allergies.
People who have food allergies can exhibit symptoms after consuming even the smallest amount of the food they are allergic to. When a person is allergic to a specific food, their immune systems forcibly reacts to that food, which can cause some discomfort.
Senior care experts in Walnut Creek, CA, point out that these symptoms, apart from being easy to detect, typically occur within minutes of eating the so-called trigger food. Consequently, food allergies are easy to diagnose.
If you suspect that your loved one might have a food allergy, the first step in treating the condition is getting a proper diagnosis. According to senior care professionals, this normally includes blood and skin tests. To confirm the food allergy, your loved one’s medical team can order an oral food challenge, which is performed under the supervision of medical professionals.
Once a diagnosis has been confirmed, your senior loved one must avoid the trigger food. This is actually the only step your parent can take to avoid an allergic reaction as there is currently no known cure for food allergies. Similarly, medications cannot prevent an allergic reaction to the trigger food.
A senior care provider can prepare meals for your loved one, making sure to avoid foods and recipes that contain the trigger food. A caregiver can also ask about ingredients when your loved one wants to dine outside. Moreover, professional caregivers can do the grocery shopping, carefully reading the labels on foods before making a purchase.
By remaining aware of any food allergies and vigilant of any late-onset allergies, your parent will continue enjoying meal times with their caregiver and family. Knowing that a caregiver All of this can allow your parent to enjoy a nourishing, well-balanced diet without having to worry about their allergy and also give you peace of mind that they are safe.
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