I wish every person in our family and all of our friends would take 20 minutes out of their lives to watch this short video. It’s produced by Linda Ellerbee, and features teens talking about their food allergies, as well as one of the leading food allergists, Dr. Robert Wood.

It’s interesting to hear from the teens how food allergies affect their lives. As a parent of a little one with severe food allergies to egg, milk/dairy, soy and peanuts, I’ll admit I choked up a few times watching this video. Although I already knew the educational content presented, it was eye-opening (and heartbreaking) to hear the impact it has on the kids.

As food allergies continue to increase dramatically in the United States, you will most likely experience food allergies within your circle of friends, children’s classmates or your own family. Although no one expects you to be an expert in what is safe or not safe, it will mean a lot to the children and parents involved if you:

a) ask questions
b) offer to provide a safe food when possible
c) ask to learn the symptoms of a severe reaction
d) ask to learn how to use an epi-pen

Watching this video from Nick News is a great place to start. Thanks for listening!


You can find more of my food allergy posts, tips & recipes on my Food Allergy page. I’d also love to connect with you on my Marketing Mama facebook page and twitter. This post, and all posts on this blog, are written from my experiences as a parent of a child with food allergies. I am not a medical expert and encourage you to consult with a doctor on your personal medical situation.

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2 Responses to “Nick News video "I’m Allergic to My World"”

  1. Roxane B. Salonen says:

    Missy, I listened/looked. My daughter has a classmate who has a peanut allergy. A couple of my kids have medicine allergies (me too). I grew up with a mother with horrible allergies of many kinds. No food allergies that I know of. That would be so hard. I've always realized how big of a trial it would be but this makes it more real. Thanks for educating us. The kids did an awesome job of expressing themselves. They seem mature beyond their ages. Perhaps if anything good has come of it, it's that…they've learned to love themselves despite being "different." Well done!

  2. Rebecca says:

    I have thought about how Avery will deal with this when she is older, is at school, and goes out with friends who just eat and touch whatever they want. This news program showed what I had envisioned in my mind for her. It's something that is going to be difficult for her and for you. I'm glad that you are educating others about this so that we all can be aware, understanding, and accommodating. Great post!



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