We’ve arrived in Switzerland! Currently, my family and I are living in a temporary apartment until we find a permanent home. For the next few days, we’re enjoying some time playing tourist in our new city before having to focus more on our moving logistics.
Successfully Avoiding Airplane Food
For our two flights to Zurich, my husband called the airline and found out they could not accommodate our son’s milk and egg allergies, as well as his likely peanut allergy (a blood test indicates a positive results, but we still need a skin test). While we probably overreacted, we were concerned about how to keep our 1-year old son away from the airplane food. The best the airline could do was a non-dairy, vegetarian meal (no guarantee on eggs or peanuts not being ingredients or non-exposure to these ingredients).
To prepare for the flight, we avoided the plane food, and I bagged up some allergy-friendly grapes, crackers, dried-fruit cookies, homemade biscuits and a sunflower nut butter sandwich. It ended up being heavy on the starches, but we somehow managed to keep our little guy fed and happy. We also carried two EpiPens with us, as well as some children’s Benadryl (an antihistamine) in case of a milder reaction. FARE has info about airline travel that’s helpful, but I would have been even more nervous for our flights (although maybe more prepared), had I read it in advance.
Rediscovering Refried Pinto Beans
Yesterday, I was excited to find refried beans at the grocery store. Canned black beans were a staple at our house in the U.S. because my son loves them, and they’re quick to prepare. I usually don’t buy refried pinto beans, but we had them for dinner last night. I used leftover rice to make a quick side dish with chicken and steamed veggies. Then, I mixed it all together, and my son ate three servings. Yahoo! I enjoy cooking for both my kids, but I get a deep satisfaction when I make something my food-allergic son absolutely loves.
During our stroll downtown in our new city today, we saw lots of delicious bakeries, cheese shops and chocolateries, but we avoided them all. We ended up with dried mango from the grocery store, which the whole family could enjoy. I’ll have to make time with my oldest son and check out some of these other shops. For now, we’ll just have to leave his baby brother at home. I don’t want to put him unnecessarily at risk of a reaction. Hopefully we can find at least one local shop or restaurant that can provide him with some allergy-friendly options. To be determined…
My son is nearly 14 months old, and I know many of you have been living with food allergies for years. If you have any advice or suggestions for traveling with food allergies, please leave a comment below.
Updated December 8, 2013.