March '07 Bulletin
(Meeting held: 3/21)

"It's All About Support"


Parenting a Food Allergic Child

  • How to deal with other family members and our spouse.
Everyone had a chance to share their story.

Support Tips:
Leave books/articles out.  Seek professional help.  Set boundaries.  Never leave your child with anyone who doesn't get it.  Someone you can trust needs to follow special instructions.  Bring family/friends to our monthly support group meetings.

Spouse Tips:
He should try to be at every allergist appointment/school meeting that involves food allergies.  Have a date night.  Go to the gym together.  Maintain good communication, respect that his feelings may be different than yours.  Work as a team.  Get him involved and be on the same page when it comes to your child's needs.

  • how to teach your child about food allergies. 
Referenced How to Manage Your Child's Life Threatening Food Allergies: Practical Tips for Everyday Life by Linda Marienhoff Coss.  See pgs. 62 & 195.

How to hire a babysitter. (Click)

How to deal with your emotions and get involved in a positive way. 

Tips: Volunteer as Class Representative.  Do all the baking for class parties.  Sign up with the PTA.  For example, you can do breakfast duty once a week.  Be a volunteer at our Upcoming Events.

Help make a difference..
1) Please download FAAN's sample letter to the governor regarding declaring
MAY 13 - 19 Food Allergy awareness week.

2) Please copy the letter and send to the 3 politicians:

Subject: Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Management Act

I am contacting you to urge you to move the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Management Act, bill A4051/S298, out of the Health Committee.  I have a child with life-threatening food allergies.  If a miniscule amount of the food that they are allergic to enters their body, they are at immediate risk of having an anaphylactic reaction that could be fatal.  There are presently no state-wide or federal guidelines for New York schools to use to help manage the safety of food allergic children.  I hope that you as Chairman will move this bill out of the Health Committee.

Disclaimer: The information contained herein is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical/legal advice. Please seek the advice of your physician regarding any treatment for allergies and asthma.

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