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Food Allergy Awareness Week

Posted on: May 8, 2016

 

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May is National Allergy & Asthma Awareness Month and

May 8-16 is National Food Allergy Awareness week, sponsored by FARE.

1 in 13 children in the U.S. have food allergies. That’s nearly 6 million children! My oldest son is one of them. Until he developed his food allergies, I never knew just how serious food allergies really are. Many children who suffer from food allergies also have asthma (including my son). This puts them at a higher risk for anaphylaxis.

Far too often food allergies are made light of and mocked. People think of them as food preferences instead of what they really are; a potentially life threatening condition. Food allergies, whether they affect adults or children, should ALWAYS be taken seriously. That’s why the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America and FARE designate the month of May to educate people about the dangers of food allergies and spread awareness.

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If you’re not familiar with the seriousness of food allergies, why not take some time to do some research and get more information. FARE has many fantastic resources on their website, including THIS poster with some important facts on food allergies. You can also seek out those you know who are affected by food allergies and ask them questions. I love when others ask me questions about Giovanni’s allergies! It gives me the opportunity to educate them and raise their awareness so they know how best to support Giovanni and our family.

What are ways you can help?

  1. Pledge to “React with Respect” to those with food allergies. Treat food allergies as a serious condition, not a food preference or choice.
  2. Get involved and raise awareness about food allergies. Check out THESE free resources by FARE to help spread the word.
  3. Help bring understanding and education to others by spreading the word on social media. HERE are some great resources for that purpose.
  4. Do all you can to support those you know and love with food allergies. Make any get together’s involving food allergen free. Not sure how to do that? Ask the person with the allergies. They will be more than happy to help you! It’s always better to ask which foods are safe than to assume.
  5. Learn the symptoms of anaphylaxsis and what to do in case it occurs.
  6. Get involved with FARE. There are many ways you can be an active supporter of FARE and those with food allergies. Check out THIS page for some ideas.

 

Check out my allergy related blog posts and allergy page for more resources.

 

What will you do this week to help raise awareness about food allergies?

 

 

 

 

 

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