It’s Allergy Awareness Week!
This is an exciting time. I feel connected to a larger community of families with food allergies. It’s a time where we can share our knowledge about living with allergies through a changed Facebook photo, shared stories on all forms of social media, and announcements to the world that this week is special – it’s Allergy Awareness Week!
But, you know what I really love about weeks like this? No matter what the awareness is focused on, it’s a reminder that we don’t need a week to be able to share – we are reminded to share all year round!
Speaking of sharing, I’d love to share some great resources with you about Food Allergies. Will you please share these with friends and family as well? This first one is informational… and scary. So many Americans have food allergies and it’s consistently growing. My son knows of kids with allergies in his class of 20+. My daughter has a classmate with peanut allergies in her preschool class of 12. That’s 1 out of every 6. It’s an epidemic. And it’s scary.
For helping kids understand more about kids with allergies, you can print out this great activity sheet from FARE. The aim of this worksheet is to help kids understand how kids eat lots of different foods. It opens up conversations with younger children to help them see that a kid who eats different foods doesn’t make the kid “different” or “weird.”
As parents, we have a ton of responsibilities. I hope more parents will help make the world a safer place for kids with food allergies. We need your help! Will you share information with others to protect kids like mine? After experiencing a trip to the ER because of food, I am acutely aware that awareness is key to protecting my child.
Thank you for spreading awareness!