What comes to mind when you hear the term "allergy attack"? Sneezing? A stuffy nose? Itchy eyes? Maybe you know someone with food allergies and think of hives. Perhaps you even understand that food allergies are life threatening. But what about nonfood products?
In my latest piece for Westchester County Mom's Blog, I discuss my child's anaphylactic reaction and how managing food allergies means more than just watching what you eat.
Or, read my other posts about living as a food allergy family and find resources to help your family on The Mindfully Scientific Mama Food Allergy portal.
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Is your family managing food allergies? What is something you would want people to know about living with these conditions?
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Food allergies are terrifying, and trying to protect your child when they suffer from food allergies brings a whole new level of anxiety to the parenting experience. What if my child picks up an allergen at the playground (you’d be shocked how many people leave tree nuts all over the place!)? Can we safely go out to eat as a family? What if one of my child’s classmates brings in food containing one of my child’s allergens (the school is a nut free campus, but is not sesame free, my child’s other allergen)? What if the school uses an unsafe product during an activity? What if one of my child’s friends is wearing body lotion that contains sesame oil? The "what ifs" can feel suffocating.
Until now. Read more about why Social Distancing Helped Ease My Anxiety as a Food Allergy Parent in my latest blog post for The Inclusive Eating Project.
Or, view all my work on food allergies here.
In an effort to support and #amplifymelanatedvoices, Spokin has published a list of Black owned companies that support those with food allergies. I couldn't be happier to share their article with you, and encourage you to check each of these companies out yourself. I've already had the privilege to connect with some of them on social media.
I will keep this post short; ultimately, I just want to direct you all to this great resource. But please, feel free to share your own recommendations or reviews about these companies with other readers in the comments!
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