Dining together with family and friends can be the best part of the holiday season. But if others are unaware of the dangers of anaphylaxis it can create some tense moments if your child has food allergies. Here are some great tips from Gina Clowes, the founder of AllergyMoms.com, on how to educate others while protecting your family.
By Gina Clowes
December 5th, 2015
A food-filled family gathering need not be a minefield for those with allergies. Here are six key steps to safe celebrating.
I grew up in a huge Italian family where love was spelled F-O-O-D. About a year after my son was diagnosed with more than a dozen food allergies, I hosted Christmas Eve. Every table of my house was filled with pasta, cookies and candy. But unlike past family gatherings, this was not a happy holiday.
One niece roamed the house leaking her bottle of formula everywhere; another toddler left a trail of Honey Nut Cheerios. My sister fed her baby a jar of green pea baby food – the very food that had caused my son’s most recent allergic reaction – and left a dirty spoon on my kitchen table. My home became a minefield.