Dealing with another child's food allergies

Filed under: Health & Safety: Babies, Nutrition: Health

I've been very open with my family's struggles with food allergies. My son has an immediate reaction to milk, which involves hives and vomiting. It is scary and I'm so thankful it isn't more serious.

I have a friend, however, who has a child with a severe life-threatening food allergy. This is the type of allergy where he will die if the product is in his food. He has even had food with undeclared milk (his allergen) in it that almost killed him. She has to be very diligent. She also has a child with a peanut allergy.

When I saw this post at Ask Moxie regarding peanut allergies and parents being (or not being) diligent regarding another child, I started to feel outraged. It is hard to educate someone else. Do you really think people enjoy having to police everything a child eats or could come in contact with?

Peanut allergies are very tricky. For some children, skin contact is enough to cause serious harm, so parents have to be extremely careful when the kids are out in public. So, if you're in a playgroup with a child who has a peanut allergy, bringing a baggie of peanuts probably isn't the best idea, safety wise.

Imagine being the child with the food allergy for a minute. You're five or six. You have to sit by yourself at lunch on some instances. When it is a birthday or celebration at school and the teacher forgot to tell your parents, you don't get a snack. You rarely go to restaurants and constantly hear that you can't have a certain food.

That's something we all take for granted.

As a parent, I constantly have people who don't believe me and have fed my child milk products, only for the allergic reaction to happen. I couldn't imagine how I'd feel if someone wouldn't listen in regards to something that could KILL my child.

Yes. A parent needs to be diligent when it comes to their child. But, if this were your child and that bag of treats equated to being fed candy laced with "rat poison," how would you feel?

Is it inconvenient not to bring peanut butter or allergy-free snacks somewhere? Yes, it is. But, isn't a little inconvenience better than the death of a child at school?

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.