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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