Seeing a child diagnosed with a food allergy, whether it be Celiac Disease or an intolerance of some sort, can be very difficult on a parent. What we sometimes forget, however, is that it is often even more difficult on the child with the food allergies. This is especially true when they get to the age where they are attending school and find out just how different their eating habits are.
As parents, the best way to handle a situation like this is always with your approach. How you talk to your child will go a long way towards making the best of things. Today I was enjoying a nice article over at Jewish Experiment, which discusses the book Food to Some, Poison to Others by Terry Traub.
Here is a portion of their post that I wanted to share with our readers:
Traub says it doesn’t have to be this way, for kids who must live with food allergies or for the parents who must prepare safe, nutritious meals for them.
“There are two ‘Ps’ to remember: positioning and planning,” explains Traub. “The way you talk to your child about his condition will make all the difference in how he handles it. And how organized you are will determine the quality of his food — and how crazy it makes you to shop for and prepare it!”
Traub speaks from hard-won experience. A dental hygienist and the mother of two sons with celiac disease (gluten intolerance) and one with lactose intolerance, she wrote her book and created her Web site — eattobeallergyfree.com — to help families and individuals who struggle with food allergies.
The first step, of course, is getting educated. Traub’s book helps parents figure out what’s causing their kids’ distressing symptoms — food allergies can take the form of runny noses, coughing, asthma, itchy throat, diarrhea, abdominal pain, excessive sweating, mucus in the chest, eczema, constipation, and/ or vomiting — and provides a wealth of recipes, pantry lists and meal-planning menus to combat the condition.
I haven’t read this book yet, but after reading this article I may just pick it up and add it to my reading list. If you are interested in more about the book, you can read more here.