Allergic Living magazine tackled this question and more from two reknowned allergists and leaders in the field. An excerpt:
Allergic Living: Parents are also struggling with how to talk with their kids about the potential dangers of their conditions, and cases like Natalie’s. What do you advise?
Dr Robert Wood: My feeling is there’s no benefit to talking about death in the preschool- or school-age years. When the child is literally a year old, the message is that foods can make you sick and you need to be careful. And then it becomes a little more specific: you can’t eat anything that I don’t approve or provide for you, because it can make you sick. As the child becomes late school-age, early adolescence, then talking about fatality is completely appropriate. So depending on the maturity of the child, that’s when they’re 10, 11, 12. All it will do to a 6-year-old is upset them. They can’t conceptualize that to a point that there’s any value to it.
I urge you to read the Allergic Living article in it’s entirety. Being informed arms you and you in turn will arm your food allergic loved ones.
- Discuss the article with your board certified medical provider.
- Go over your anaphylaxis action plan
- Have your epinephrine auotinjector and emergency medications on you at all times
- Don't hesitate to use them
Thank you Allergic Living for your incredibly support and advocacy for the food allergic community.