2020 October
Serious Allergies – Natasha’s Law
Category: Food Allergies,Health Author: Carla Date: 12 months ago Comments: 0


One of the many worrying and challenging things about being a nanny is having to deal with one of your charges having allergies or food intolerances. Your always on what seems to be high alert!!.  The thought something happening to one of your kids doesn’t bear thinking about.

There 14 major allergens that need to be declared by food law introduced in December 2014 which if you weren’t aware of are;

  • celery
  • cereals containing gluten (such as Barley and Oats)
  • crustaceans  (prawns, crabs and lobsters
  • eggs
  • fish
  • lupen
  • milk
  • molluscs (such as mussels and oysters
  • mustard
  • peanuts
  • sesame
  • soybeans
  • sulphur dioxide and sulphates
  • tree nuts ( such as almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, brazil nuts, cashews, pecans, pistachios and macadamia nuts

However for one young girl this labelling and accuracy was not clear enough.

In a recent program https://www.channel4.com/programmes/food-unwrapped-investigates” Food unwrapped” it highlighted Natasha Ednan-Laperouse case, a 15 years old teenager who suffered a sesame seed  allergic reaction on an aircraft after eating a pre-packaged Pret sandwich due to poor labelling. Nowhere on the packaging was it clear that sesame seeds were in the flour used to make the sandwich.  Her tragic death has brought about a new legislation called “Natasha’s law” which will come into force by October 21 which stipulates that there must be transparency and complete labelling of all ingredients found in pre-packaged food made on site where it is to be sold.  However, if your walking into a regular cafe or restaurant they wont be forced to declare the ingredient on their menu which seems ludicrous. I f i was looking after a little one with a food allergy I would certainly not be throwing caution to the wind and taking any risks and walking in and buying anything in a cafe /restaurant not being transparent enough.

I came away shocked, after having watched the program to find out that food allergies are on the rise in the UK with almost roughly  2 million of us having food allergies. The hospitalization of children due to allergic reactions to foods has gone up by 72% in just  5 years. What’s worse is that based on the  journalist research in the program, where she rang round 153 pharmacies, she found that none of them had any in stock and that there is a major supply problem of Adrenalin Auto Injectors in the UK.  Parents are struggling to order any in advance either online or in pharmacies. The program highlighted the case of one particular 8 year old boy with 28 allergies who had two out of date Adrenalin Auto Injectors (like most meds they are only in date for a year). Mum was desperately trying to access these everywhere but without luck!  If Seems like the government aren’t taking this seriously enough, either that, or turning a blind eye! These are children’s lives we are talking about!!

If any of you who work with families who have found it difficult sourcing out Adrenalin Auto Injectors it would be interesting to hear your stories!

Halloween 2020!
Category: Halloween,Things To Do Author: Carla Date: 12 months ago Comments: 0
jack o'lanternPhoto by David Menidrey on Unsplash

So with Halloween just around the corner and with the new Tier 2 restrictions here in London Trick or Treating is just let’s say going to be a non starter this year! I mean without Trick or Treating which let’s face it for most families is the pinnacle of the whole Halloween experience. well it is for me! (i’m a big kid at heart like that!!) but anyway lets make the best of it!!

Here are some ideas for the Halloween season which may hopefully be of some inspiration to you!

  1. This excellent idea was launched on “This Morning by Holly Willoughby, Tuesday 27th October 2020.  So clearly am not going to take credit for it but thought this was a great idea to share with you all!  The premis of this is that your kids can  still get out and about with all the Halloween garb on and still following COVID safe rules. Every time your little ones spot a pumpkin painting, drawing or poster in your neighbour’s window, mum/nanny/caregiver can reward that child with a treat from their own bucket.. Hey Presto! Its as easy as PUMPKIN pie!!

If your struggling being creative you can download the “Pumpkin Trail” template from the “This morning” website Click Here to Get The This Morning Pumpkin Trail

2. Why not have a zoom themed Halloween party – face paint on! Dress up in your favourite Halloween outfit, incorporate games and songs ( I know I know it isn’t quite the same as a full blown Halloween party but give it a go. We have to think outside of the normal parameters now. you might enjoy it!  (Elizabeth Lusty – runs online choirs for kids and will be running a Spooktacular Zoom Halloween sing a long on Saturday 31st, with fancy dress and bangers like “Monster Mash and Timewarp”.

3.  Halloween Themed Bone Hunt – in your back garden.  For the bones, you can do your own bone cut-out or if your short of time here is a printable for you Click here. You can buy some luminous glow in the dark paper , if you can’t find any, you can buy some on Click here . Glow in the dark acrylic paint is also useful to have for all your  Halloween craft activities Click here

Once you’ve made your bones scatter these outside in the back garden and place your sweets/treats near or on top of said bones. As the afternoons are drawing in a lot earlier you can get the kids to use torches to find them which makes it a bit more exciting. If the weather is dreadful (this is Blighty after all, then you can do this activity indoors and maybe dim the lights and again use your torches to give it a more spooky edge!

4.   If you really can’t be bothered with any of the above then perhaps just watch your favourite Halloween movie with a bowl of popcorn. No one is judging you! ;)) (Honest!!)

Looking for some Halloween Outfit inspiration (ALL UNDER £15). These are just some suggestions which i thought were fun and a bit different!

    1. Glowing Skeleton – Click here for more info
    2. Marvel (Groot  Guardians of the Galaxy) – click here for more info
    3. Halloween Floral Skeleton Fancy Dress – Click here for more info
    4. Disney Cruella Red Dress and Wig – Click here for more info
    5. Ghostbuster Halloween Fancy Dress Costume – click here for more info