Child health and safety advice for families heading to family-friendly festivals
Bringing your own food cuts down on costs and means you know exactly what your toddlers are eating. Fruit, cartons of juice, cereal bars, rice cakes and packets of raisins make good snacks and are all recommended by experienced festival mums. If you’re cooking yourself, bring a small camping stove and focus on non-perishable foods, such as tins of baked beans, tins of rice pudding and packets of custard. To avoid tummy upsets you may want to avoid meat. But going veggie doesn’t mean you won’t encounter nasties – bacteria thrive in milk and milk products, eggs and cooked cereals like rice. Watching the food being cooked in front of you is one way to ensure it is fresh.Make sure your toddler washes their hands before eating and don’t let them eat anything that has fallen on the floor. If you don’t have access to water use a hand gel or wipes but be aware that, according to the Health Protection Agency, not all gels and wipes remove the bacteria E. coli, which is found in dirt. There is no substitute for soap and water!
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