Ms. Burbia mentioned this site in her blog today: http://www.kidswithfoodallergies.org/ along with some kid-friendly travel tips. I'm ever so glad she is shedding light on the issue in her blog and I thought I'd bring it over here too.
If you've read The Pancake Incident then you know we are an "allergy family." we are peanut/treenut free. Dairy is at a minimum and clearly labeled. It is very scary to think that a simple snack could kill my baby - but it can.
Ryan has a bit of a PB addiction. poor kid no PB at home and he is in a peanut free classroom at school. We have now discovered Sunbutter. It is made in a nut free facility- and OMG - YUM-O! I can get it in the grocery store and it is SO much yummier than PB -IMO. The other Moms in Ryan's class were ecstatic when I told them about it too.
The hard part of dealing with his allergies certainly isn't at home. I read labels and (mostly) cook from scratch. when we venture out, it is a whole new ball game. restaraunts are likely to have cross contamination - particularly with dairy. Then you have the issue of well menaing loved ones offering your kid a snack - without clearing it with mom or dad first! Sending him to school scares the daylights out of me. Yes, there are PF tables. He is allergic to dairy too. It isn't jsut about sharing food either. Colin has had CONTACT reactions. As in - he didn't eat the food, he just touched it. We all know how good the hygene of small children is. yeah.. one kid has an ice cream that drips all over his hands, gets it on a door, Colin touches the door. and it is epipen time!
Food allergies are serious. They can be deadly. PLEASE try to be considerate - even if it is an inconvenience to you.