Food allergy moms are faced with challenges every day. Things like “do these cookies contain egg” and “I wonder if I should let my Sweet Pea go to that slumber party?” ring in your mind. All this while you also are making sure your kiddo knows to look both ways and take the ear buds out of her ears before crossing the street.
Keeping your kiddo safe is your number one priority, and recognizing and responding to the challenges of food allergy can be daunting. To share her experiences and lessons learned, I recently interview food allergy mama Pam Lestage for my new “Food Allergy and Your Kiddo” podcast. Pam and I discuss challenges that she and her family have faced. Has your family faced the same challenges?
You can RISE UP to overcome challenges!
When was the last time you had a problem situation regarding Sweet Pea’s food allergy but didn’t quite know how to approach it? Probably recently! That’s because food allergy is a 24/7 issue, especially with kiddos. Perhaps you are trying to get a favorite aunt to understand that Sweet Pea cannot eat eggs. Or maybe you are trying make the school understand that epinephrine, not antihistamine, is the first-line treatment for anaphylaxis. Whatever it is, you have to start somewhere. If you haven't already done so, check this out! Use it to help you rise up to any challenge!
Additional Show Notes
During the show, we talked about peanut butter. Did you know that peanut in its directly-out-of-the-jar-peanut-butter form should not be given to children under the age of four years? This is because it is sticky and can be a choking hazard! Instead, thin peanut butter with water for a safer consistency. Questions about this? Be sure to ask your allergist about when – and HOW – to introduce/feed peanut-containing foods to your kiddo.
Tune in to the podcast to hear about overcoming the challenges that accompany being a food allergy mom.
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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. This is one of the most important components of a school's food allergy policy!
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?