When Your Child Has Food Allergies

A Parent's Guide to Managing It All - From the Everyday to the Extreme

 When Your Child Has Food Allergies

Author: Mireille Schwartz
Pub Date: April 2017
Print Edition: $17.95
Print ISBN: 9780814434055
Page Count: 240
Format: Paper or Softback
e-Book ISBN: 9780814434062

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This is a book written by a parent, for parents. So it is full of practical, honest, first hand information about how to cope, and thrive, with a child who has a chronic food allergy. When treating many chronic conditions in children, parents dispense medication but otherwise play a relatively passive role. That's not the case with food allergies. You, as well as all your children and your innermost circle, are responsible for managing the allergy on a daily basis--and will most likely be the first people to respond to an adverse reaction. In this way, you are your child's best resource, and as a food allergy parent, you are most definitely part superhero--who knew?

Once you incorporate the lifestyle changes that are absolutely essential to keeping your child safe, you will be able to keenly spot hidden allergens from a mile away, you will read food labels at lightning speed without missing anything, and--by advocating within your community for your child's safety--you will have stretched and grown in ways you might never have thought possible.

After initially receiving a food allergy diagnosis, things can get really interesting and challenging in your life. A food-allergic child still needs to live richly and experience a wide tapestry of things, like trips to the neighborhood playground, vacations to foreign lands, celebrations of milestones, plus the regular day-to-day moments that are spontaneous and special. But it can be hard to see how on earth this might fit into a family's food-allergic life, which needs to be maintained rigidly, cautiously, with everyone remaining completely vigilant. How can you avoid a life of high-alert stress and instead relax enough to enjoy each moment with your family? And how can you teach your food-allergic child to overcome his or her fears to live fully?

Excerpted from WHEN YOUR CHILD HAS FOOD ALLERGIES: A PARENT'S GUIDE TO MANAGING IT ALL - FROM THE EVERYDAY TO THE EXTREME by Mireille Schwartz. Copyright © 2017 by Mireille Schwartz. Published by AMACOM Books, a division of American Management Association, New York, NY. Used with permission.

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