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When it comes to Summer, aside from the warm weather and pretty flowers, my favorite part is cooking out with friends and family. Since I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease, however, I look at barbecues a bit differently. Instead of seeing a delicious spread of potato salad, coleslaw, and chips, I see unknown cooking surfaces, mystery seasonings, and cross-contamination risks.
May 11-17 is National Food Allergy Awareness Week. Nearly 6 million children live with Food Allergies— That’s one in 12.
Yes, it's the most wonderful time of the week: It's FREE STUFF FRIDAY! Woo! And even better than that, for today's FREE STUFF FRIDAY, we're teaming up with our friend Elizabeth Goldenberg of Onespot™Allergy, who will be giving our TWO WINNERS each a free Onespot™ Allergy Best EpiPen belt (adult sizes in black only, children's sizes in black, turquoise, red with white polka dots, and lime green) in addition to the $50 Lauren's Hope Medical ID Jewelry gift certificate they'll each win! THAT'S A $75 RETAIL VALUE FOR EACH WINNER!
Lately, we've talked a bit here on the Lauren's Hope blog about creating an allergy-friendly or chocolate-free Halloween: wearing medical alert jewelry while trick-or-treating, talking with teachers and caregivers, planning special food and non-food treats, and so on. For kids with food allergies, epilepsy, type one diabetes, special needs, and chronic health conditions, there are a lot of considerations this time of year, however, there are lots of things we can also do to keep everyone -- those with medical conditions and not -- safe this Halloween.
Allergy safety is always a serious issue. At Halloween, however, it's particularly important to keep allergy safety in mind, as it is very easy for kids with food allergies to be accidentally exposed to unsafe foods. Today, we bring you some Halloween safety tips from our friends at Onespot Allergy in the hopes that your little ones experience only the fun, safe kind of "scares" this Halloween. And remember, even (and especially) in a Halloween costume, it's imperative that kids with food allergies always carry their medications and wear their medical alert jewelry.
Halloween is a fun time, filled with treats and crafts and excitement. For adults and children with chronic conditions such as food allergies, type one diabetes, autism, or epilepsy, however, Halloween is sometimes a little scary, and not in the fun way. Protecting our kids and ourselves from the very real dangers of this fun season can be a real challenge, which means planning ahead is essential.
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