Food allergy and parenting – the parent needs…

When it comes to parenting a kiddo with food allergy, remembering that epi is only one of the many challenges faced.

Three common themes amongst parents of kiddos with food allergy.

When it comes to food allergy, parents have needs surrounding three themes: anxiety, the need for resources, and the concept that the experience is truly a journey. These themes were recently identified and discussed in the article “Parents of Children with Food Allergy: A qualitative study describing needs and identifying solutions.” This was published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology in 2020. In reading this article, both my co-host Pam (who is a food allergy mom) and I (a mom and an allergist) nodded our heads the whole read. This article and the themes the authors identified are spot on.

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What’s your question on food allergy and parent needs? On anxiety?

Do you have a question about food allergy and parenting, or maybe you’re specifically thinking about the anxiety that can occur? Would you like your question answered on the podcast? Submit it here!

Be a part of the solution – participate in this research survey!

The amazing researchers at the Kent State Pediatric Anxiety and Allergy Research Clinic are studying the impact of school food allergy policies on quality of life in kiddos with food allergy. Awesome, right?!

“School Policy for Parents with a Child who has Food Allergy” is the name of the study. It’s trying to determine how policies impact parents so parent needs ultimately can be met. The details… Firstly, parents of kiddos ages 5-12 years are welcome to complete it. Secondly, it’ll take about 20 minutes to complete. In other words, pretty short! And thirdly, researchers will hear YOUR VOICE! This can then inform BETTER policies for kiddos like your kiddo!

BTW, 1 out of 10 participants will win a $25 Amazon gift card! Woot woot!

Be a part of the solution by taking the survey HERE!

Additional Show Notes

I have talked about a non-profit…

The non-profit is The Teal Schoolhouse, whose primary program is Code Ana. Code Ana equips schools for medical emergencies like anaphylaxis. Our primary program is the Code Ana School Program, which is a comprehensive approach to school-focused medical preparedness. This program guides schools through the process of creating a medical emergency response plan.

A medical emergency response plan is important for all kiddos and for adults at any school! Our primary goal is to share the School Program, and Code Ana’s Online Epinephrine Training Program helps support that goal. Through this program, you will educate yourself while you support this important mission! (BTW although Pam and I serve in leadership roles of Code Ana and The Teal Schoolhouse, our time/effort/work is completely voluntary). Does your kiddo’s school have Code Ana?

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