Helping Your Children Live Safely With Food Allergies May 30 2014

While Bing’s ‘Nola is a very fun brand, food allergies are a very serious topic. Severe food allergies can cause anaphylaxis, which is a life-threatening allergic reaction.  If you have a child that suffers from food allergies, it may be hard for them to understand the severity of their allergy without getting scared. Yes, it can be scary, but you can help ease that fear by educating your family on how to live safely with a food allergy.

Spread awareness

Having a food allergy isn’t something to be embarrassed about, and it’s important your kid understands it’s completely normal. They shouldn’t keep it a secret, and should make an effort to spread awareness about it. You can help by spreading the word to their teachers and peers. This will allow everyone to be prepared in the event your child is exposed to something they are allergic to. It can even help prevent your child being put on the spot about  potential food offerings in the future.

It’s OK to say ‘NO’

While you may have told some of your kid’s peers and teachers, there may come a time when they are still offered something they are not allowed to eat. While accepting the snack may seem like the polite thing to do, your child needs to prioritize their health. Teach them polite ways of saying ‘no, thank you’ for when they are offered food they know they cannot eat (or are unsure of).

Help them find alternatives

Food allergies may prevent your child from eating the foods they love. It can be hard to cut out these foods, but you can help them find new foods they enjoy. One way you can help is by creating an alternative to their favorite food item. That is how Bing’s ‘Nola was created after all! Utilize the internet to experiment with different allergy-free recipes, and maybe you will create a yummy recipe all of your friends and family love too!