Be Kind to Food Allergy Families

4 years ago

As much as we all like to think of ourselves as inclusive and sensitive, ask a parent of a child with a food allergy if they've gotten the eyeroll, the sigh of frustration, or the argument when they ask for steps to be taken that could protect their child from a life-threatening situation, and most have a story. No one likes their ability to eat limited -- neither those with food allergies nor those who live alongside them -- but not having those limitations in place may mean a very scary health situation for the former group. Sisters Raising Sisters has a great post on why you should be kind to a family with food allergies.

So, next time you see a Food Allergy Momma swapping out a cupcake, or asking you about the ingredients in your potluck dish, please don’t roll your eyes behind her back. She has a story, probably very similar to mine. A story in which she may have thought she could lose her baby to a monster she couldn’t identify.

Read Sisters Raising Sisters' whole story, and then tell us your own tips for navigating the world with a child with food allergies.

Image: Stevendepolo via Flickr

Melissa writes Stirrup Queens and Lost and Found. Her novel about blogging is Life from Scratch.

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