According to the current care guidelines for allergies applied in Finland, mild symptoms of allergy, such as a passing burning sensation, itchiness or redness of the mouth, are not treated by avoidance but by exposure and gradual desensitization. Only foods whose avoidance is justified because of significant symptoms should be excluded from the diet. The need for an allergy diet will be assessed by a medical doctor or a nutritionist.
A special dietary description is also required for periodic food breaks.
The meal service has no obligation to provide all the rare ingredients used in the child’s home, if at least one nutritionally equivalent foodstuff is available. Experimenting with new foodstuffs must be done in the home.
In a non-dairy diet, cow’s milk and foods containing it are replaced by plant-based oat or soya products.