Parents often feel alone in the battle against food allergies. Even though there are 15 million people who suffer with food allergies, it can still feel like a lonely journey. It doesn’t help when friends and family don’t seem to fully understand the seriousness of food allergies. Most parents would agree that the holidays are particularly difficult. Food is everywhere, from Grandmother’s house to Aunt Jane’s Thanksgiving dinner. And, much of the time, it is the challenge of hidden foods that’s the culprit. It’s a sad reality that many relatives and friends simply don’t ‘get it’ when it comes to the dangers of food allergies.
This lack of public awareness and understanding of the seriousness of food allergies often forces parents to limit their child’s social activities. Birthday parties, school outings and family gatherings, once thought to be fun and harmless, become potentially hazardous situations.
As a parent of a food-allergic child, you know the importance of reading labels to avoid hidden foods. Since there are numerous alternate names for hidden foods, being familiar with them will help you know what to look for when reading labels. It’s good to share this knowledge with your food allergic child as well as family, friends and caregivers who may take care of your child in your absence.
Be informed and aware without giving way to undue anxiety. Stress over food allergies is not the answer. It can affect the well-being of everyone in your family. There are things you can do, starting with education. Educate yourself, others in your life, and your children when they are old enough to understand. This will reduce the risk of a dangerous reaction and also alleviate some of the stress.
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