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Going on holiday with multi-allergic dd

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superoz Thu 18-Jul-13 23:46:42

We are going on holiday in a few weeks with relatives to Andalusia, dd who is 5 is allergic to egg, dairy, nuts and fish.
I have suddenly gone into worry mode as it will be our first time; we did travel to the Far East and Australia a couple of years ago but had been before so knew what to expect.
I have got piriton and epipen, seeing the doc next week for a letter to take with us and getting translation cards printed. I'm just a bit worried about the catering side of things and if we'll find the right food for dd. I'm already planning to stuff some soya milk and food in the suitcase, but would really appreciate any other advice.
Does anyone know how easy is it to find the correct food in shops? Is there a labelling system in place for allergens? Not knowing Spanish is a bit of a drawback.

trixymalixy Thu 18-Jul-13 23:49:50

Spanish supermarkets have loads of soya milk and yogurts, i also saw rice milk and oat milk.

I don't speak much Spanish, but the labelling on foods was good and I found it almost as straightforward as here.

superoz Fri 19-Jul-13 23:19:53

Thank You that"s really helpful. Good to know there is clear labelling in supermarkets, my mind"s a bit more at ease nowsmile

babybarrister Sat 20-Jul-13 00:15:59

The ingredient regulations are EU law so there will be full ingredient lists but get yourself a dictionary smile

superoz Sat 20-Jul-13 08:30:34

Oh yes definitely!

freefrommum Tue 23-Jul-13 09:20:04

We have a house in Andalucia and travel there regularly with DS allergic to milk, wheat, eggs and nuts plus coeliac DD. As others mentioned, EU labelling laws mean that all your child's allergens must be listed on the packaging. The awkward one is nuts as there's no generic word for 'nuts' in Spanish, only the individual nut names or an overarching term 'frutos secos' which also covers dried fruits like sultanas. However, sometimes the terms 'frutos de cascara' or 'frutos secos de cascara dura' are used as umbrella terms for 'nuts'.

The larger supermarkets in Spain tend to have 'freefrom' sections like over here. Mercadona and Al Campo are both very good. Soya milk is widely available although for some reason we've never managed to find an unsweetened variety so DS struggles as he hates the sweetened versions. I speak Spanish so it's fairly easy for us but as long as you get some translation cards and a decent dictionary you should be fine.

egg = huevo
milk = leche
dairy products = productos lacteos
fish = pescado/pescao (but you will need a dictionary to check the different fish names if eating out)
nuts = frutos secos (inc. raisins etc)/frutos de cascara/frutos secos de cascara dura
peanuts = cacahuetes/manies (not technically 'nuts' or 'frutos secos' but a legume or 'legumbre')

Make sure the Piriton bottle has a prescription label on it with your child's name as the last few times we've been they've checked this.

Enjoy Spain!

ukey Tue 23-Jul-13 12:11:37

do you only have one epi pen?

superoz Tue 30-Jul-13 13:20:34

Hi freefrommum that is most helpful, thank you! It sounds like we should be ok on the food front, I am packing lots of snacks from home and luckily dd likes her meat and veg.

ukey we have two epipens.

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