Monday, July 6, 2015

Dairy or Milk allergy eduction - Allergy Fun picture book on

Does your child have a dairy allergy? Meet Matthew from Allergy Fun - he can't have cow's milk. He has soy milk to make him grow bigger. His brother has rice milk. What kind of milk do you have?

These are the types of conversations that can help a child with allergies feel like they are not the odd one out, but that everyone is unique. These discussions can be extended to "What kind of bread do you have? What kind of cakes or cookies? What kind of snacks?" No matter what particular allergy your child has, Allergy Fun will encourage them to understand more about their allergy and to always remember to have fun with friends and family.

 To download Allergy Fun, click here.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Egg allergy education - Allergy Fun picture book on

How do I teach my child about their egg allergy without scaring them?
How do I teach my child not to eat unsafe food?
How can my child still have fun if they can't eat the birthday cake?

Here's a sneak peak at one of the pages of Allergy Fun - Growing up with multiple food allergies. This page can be used to discuss how some foods can contain egg, without looking like they do. Explaining to kids that they must always check with their parent about the ingredients before they eat any new food. It is also important to explain for example, that the chicken nuggets we have at home don't have egg in them, but others can, and that there is no way to tell, unless you read the ingredients list.

I am proud to say our 3 year old always asks me to "check the ingredients!" One time, he actually located it on the packet before I did! Education can start at any age, and the more books you can read to them about food allergies, the more normal they will feel about having those food allergies.

If you have specific questions or scenarios that you find tricky, tell me about it! The food allergy community needs to lean on eachother for all our everyday challenges :-)

To download Allergy Fun, click here.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Allergy Fun - Growing up with Multiple Food Allegies Facebook page

We have an official Facebook Page - Please head over to that, LIKE it, and also GET NOTIFICATIONS.

I will be posting extra tips on how to use our book for further discussion with young children.

As with educating young children in anything, repetition is the key!

Here is a fun page from the book if you have not had a chance to look at it yet :-)