nowadays some children have to follow specific and special dietary requirements, due to the fact that they have food allergies, religious, and cultural preferences and in addition to this others are vegetarian. one of the most common problems with food allergies is that some young people are allergic to cows milk, wheat products , eggs, nuts etc and if they swallow one of these foods they might have a bad reaction . the reaction could be just a rash, to difficulty breathing or it might lead to something more serious and life threatening. for this reason all childcare workers have to be aware of the children they have in their setting.