How can we manage the difficulties of having a child with food allergies?
The emotional aspects of managing a child’s food allergies will challenge even the best of
When a child is diagnosed with life threatening food allergies usually the mother becomes the
"overprotective" parent looking out against all enemies, and the husband is more than often
viewed as one of those opponents. The mom monitors what food allergens the husband eats and
how well he cleaned up afterward.
Mothers will be told that they need to relax while most fathers will be viewed as too relax when it
comes to managing their kids food allergies. What couples need to always remember is that both
of you want to keep your child safe. Agree to disagree but you must make the plan. Dealing with
food allergies is not as simple as dealing with seasonal allergies that cause sniffing or skin
rashes. Food allergies can kill a person in just few seconds after ingesting the foods they are
Work together and trust each other. The main objective is to keep your child from having a
anaphylaxis life threatening reaction. Therefore, make sure you put in place a plan and stick to it.
Most importantly, accidents do happened. Please don't hide from each other if you believe your
child had an accidental exposure to any of the foods he is allergic to. Reactions usually happen
immediately but sometimes it could be hours after exposure.
The good news is that it will take time, but couples can unite with the purpose of finding a way to
manage food allergies in their household. In order to do so, you must take the time to create a
plan. The chart below will help you start the process.
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Coping with any life-threatening medical condition in a child is a heavy burden especially on the parent doing the bulk of the
daily childcare. As a couple, it is crucial to have frequent discussions and find common grounds. Use the table below to begin
these discussions. Make a list of your own, and keep adding to it as situations come up. Review it on a regular basis to ensure