Preparing for the New Year with Food Allergies

New Years Eve has always been a time to look back to the past and more importantly, forward to the coming year. A new year is a good time to reflect on the changes we want or need and resolve to follow those changes. It’s the time of the year where we ponder upon the mistakes we have done and work towards not repeating them.

We understand living with food allergies is not easy, but by following a few steps we can make this journey much easier into the new year. Here are some tips:

  • Don’t Lose Hope:When a child is diagnosed with food allergies, everyone in the family meets with new challenges. You have been dealing with these challenges in an exceptional way.Accept food allergies to be a good part of your life and stop feeling sorry for yourself and your little one.
  • Set up a System:  Set up a regular system that works best for you and your kids. This system may include establishing a day to plan meals for the entire week and grocery shopping with food allergies. Also have a plan in place in the event of an anaphylactic shock, including emergency numbers.
  • Factsheet of food allergies: Educate your kids with facts about food allergies. This way, it will be easier for them to explain their food allergies to others. It is helpful to provide younger children with a medical alert bracelet.
  • Find Community:Managing a family with food allergies can feel like a task being done in a vacuum. The good news is you are not alone. It is good to join a community or support group when managing food allergies. Organizations such as Food Allergy Research and Kids with Food Allergies offer both a plethora of information as well as a community groups. The Neocate Facebook page is also a great way to connect with other families managing food allergies.

We hope that with these tips you and your family will have a safe, food allergy-free and proposerous new year!

Published: 12/19/2014
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