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How to Manage Your Child's Life-Threatening Food Allergies: Practical Tips for Everyday Life Paperback – May 1, 2004
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An extremely thorough and helpful handbook that belongs on the shelf of every parent of a child with food allergies. -- Asthma & Allergy Bulletin
Essential reading for anyone dealing with a child with a food allergy, including parents, relatives, teachers, neighbors and caregivers. -- Large Print Reviews, July 2004
Every parent of a severely food-allergic child should have this book! -- Safe Haven Childrens Institute
Filled with information about how to keep [food allergic] children safe and alive. -- Bookviews.com, July 2004
Invaluable resource for parents of children with life-threatening food allergies. -- MedicAlert Magazine, 2006
Seasoned parents and those with newly diagnosed children will find plenty of value here. -- Anaphylaxis Canada
This book prepares you to bypass all the food allergy minefields in a detailed and doable fashion. -- Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics Newsletter, June/July 2004
This book provides practical tips for staying safe while still participating in everyday events. -- Support for Families of Children with Disabilities Newsletter, Winter 2005
Well thought out and comprehensive. I have been recommending it to all our members. -- Mimi Akaba, RN, MS, ANP, FEAST (Food Education Allergy Support Team) support group leader
From the Publisher
Imagine finding out that your child has severe, life-threatening food allergies that eating even a tiny amount of a common food can cause an almost immediate potentially fatal reaction and that the only "treatment" is complete avoidance of the specified allergens. What would you do? How would you care for your child?
As the incidence of severe food allergy rises, an increasing number of parents are faced with this very challenging situation. After the dust settles and the enormity of the diagnosis sets in, parents often feel quite overwhelmed. "Completely avoiding" trace amounts of common foods is a daunting task.
To teach parents and other caregivers the "ins and outs" of food allergy management, Plumtree Press is pleased to present "How to Manage Your Childs Life-Threatening Food Allergies: Practical Tips for Everyday Life." Written by food allergy author Linda Coss, this easy-to-use reference manual provides parents with the practical, detailed information they need to handle the day-to-day logistics of this chronic condition.
Topics covered include preparing for and treating allergic reactions, purchasing and cooking food, making your home a "safe haven," teaching others about your child's allergies, handling parenting issues, creating a safe school and day care environment, having a social life, dining in restaurants, traveling, and more.
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I love her tone, too. She is clear and easy to understand. She is so realistic, and so calm, "Don't expect too much from other people" is so true, because even well-intentioned people just make mistakes. Unfortunately, you always have to be on guard.
One option she did NOT mention regarding school lunches is for your child to sit at a tray table placed at the end of the cafeteria table. This is what my child is doing, plus they do not let children drinking milk or eating yougurt or "spillable" dairy products sit near her. So far, this has worked well for our daughter.
My daughter is now eight, and she is starting to seem depressed about her food allergies, and I would have loved more information about how to help her deal with the emotional aspects of food allergies. And perhaps more information about what to expect when she reaches puberty, the age when some kids start to be rebellious and to take risks. Although, the author was writing from personal experience and her son outgrew his dairy allergy at age 11.5 (so there is hope yet, dear Becca), so perhaps that is why the book ends where it does.
Anyway, this is the number one book I will recommend to parents of children who are newly diagnosed with food allergies - and even those who have been dealing with it for a while but want some new ideas or advice about specific problems.
I am normally a very organized person and as I found out about her allergies it was very overwhelming to me of how I was going to deal with her allergies on a daily basis. This book gave me a "jumping off" place for figuring out how to "swim" with food allergies. Her suggestions/experiences made me look like I had it "together" long before I did. I figured out which of her tips worked for our family.
The first six months is ALWAYS the hardest. Whether it is adding or losing an allergen. Some allergens are a lot harder than others. But figuring out how to wade through it helped me tremendously.
I now believe that I will be able to save my grandson's life, if needed. I heartily recommend this book to anyone who cares for a child with life-threatening food allergies.
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