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22 Things Food Allergy Moms Wish You Knew

My son was diagnosed with severe life threatening food allergies when he was only 15 months old. He is peanut, tree nut and shellfish allergic. He is now 5 years old, so we have been dealing with his food allergies for a few years now. I live with the knowledge and fear everyday of what people deem as an ordinary food could be life threatening for my son. People do not take food allergies nearly as seriously as they should. Here are 22 Things Food Allergy Moms Wish You Knew.

  1. Parents of food allergy kids live with constant anxiety.
  2. My Kid has a disease that's real and very serious.
  3. Epinephrine and Benadryl  has to be carried every single place they go.
  4.  Every single label has to be read.
  5. Food Allergy parents do more research than the FBI.
  6.  Restaurants  have to be researched and planned out ahead of time.
  7. We can’t just drop our kid off at a Birthday Party and come back later to pick them up. We have to stay and supervise what they eat.
  8. Attending a party requires great preparation and planning. We usually have to bring our own cupcakes or cookies, because most bakery items are not safe.
  9. Sleepovers most likely do not happen unless we really feel that the supervising parent truly takes food allergies seriously.
  10. I advocate for my son at school and everywhere.
  11. I preach to my son about the severity of his food allergies and to never eat anything without a label or something he is unsure of. 
  12. You can never be too cautious.
  13. My son is also contact allergic,  so hand washing and wiping down tables are very important. Hand Sanitizer does not do the trick, but old fashioned soap and water does.
  14. Yes, even one small bite could potentially be life threatening to my child. Just a small trace amount is enough to cause Anaphylaxis. 
  15. Food intolerance is not that same as food allergies. People get these confused all the time.
  16. No, my child cannot have it if the label says may contain or made in the same facility as his allergen. The chance of Cross Contamination is too great of a risk to take. 
  17. It really does hurt us to see our child not be able to eat the same things as other children.
  18. We love it when others ask us what are some snacks that our child can have, so they can buy something that all of the children can enjoy together. This ensures that no one is left out. It feels nice to be included and makes us very happy.
  19. Food allergy moms appreciate your efforts.
  20. We might not trust you to cook for our child. We would never want you to be offended, we just need to make sure our child's food is safely prepared. 
  21. We pack allergy friendly snacks everywhere we go
  22. If a school or facility is nut free please follow the rules. Don't think your child can be the exception and break the rules. Don't send them to school with peanut butter crackers or Reese's. Your child's snack is not worth risking the life of my child or another child's.

No, parents of food allergy kids are not crazy or just being overprotective. We aren't overreacting either!  If you knew something could potentially kill your child, you would take all the appropriate measures  to keep your child safe too. We aren't trying to be difficult or make your life harder, we are only trying to protect our children and keep them safe.  We want them to be happy, healthy and feel included. They should never have to feel less than or left out  because of their food allergies. 

Please visit the following websites for more information on Food Allergies 

1 comment

  1. One of my coworkers has a daughter has food allergies and I know she also relates to all of these!


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