Food allergies are a huge concern for children and young adults, but you might not know that your senior family member can develop food allergies later in her life, too. Some of those food allergies can be quite severe and limit what your elderly family member can eat.
What Causes the Allergic Reaction?
Figuring out what foods are causing an allergic reaction for your senior can feel more complicated than it really is. The easiest answer is to follow an elimination diet for a period of time. This means reducing her food choices to a bland diet at first and making sure that is tolerated well. Then you can slowly start to add other foods and types of foods back into her daily diet. When she has a reaction, that’s a clue.
Work out a Plan with Her Doctor
Elimination diets are something that you’ll work closely with your senior’s doctor with as you try to figure out her allergic triggers. There might be some symptoms that narrow down the allergic trigger quickly for your senior’s doctor, which can save a lot of time and effort on your part. Her doctor can give you a plan of action for helping your senior to recover and to avoid future issues.
You May Need Emergency Medications
Depending on the type and the severity of the allergic reaction, your senior may need emergency medications. These medications are often injectables that get into your senior’s system quickly if she starts to experience an adverse reaction. If your elderly family member does need these types of medications on hand, make sure that everyone knows where to find them.
Depending on the Allergy, More People May Need to Know
Allergy identification jewelry can be a vital tool for your senior when she’s out and about. If your senior wanders due to dementia, you definitely want to make sure that you’ve got an identifying piece of jewelry somewhere on her person that is obvious. That way if something happens, the people around her will have that information.
It can be so difficult to adjust to having a food allergy suddenly, especially if your senior has been able to eat whatever she wants for her entire life. Elderly care providers can help her to get used to eating different types of foods or make sure that they’re preparing meals for her that don’t include any of her allergy triggers.