Educating my little men about their food allergies is not only one of my highest priorities, but at times my greatest challenge. I can’t be in all places at all times, especially now that my oldest is in school full-time. So outside of educating his teachers and having an Emergency Allergy Action Plan in place, I know that when I’m not around he is his own best advocate. But how do we educate our young children without scaring them? In my opinion, they don’t yet have the emotional maturity to fully handle the life/death component of their disease. However, they need to understand the urgency in which to ask lots of questions when food is involved and to refrain from eating what they don’t know.
Outside of having lots of conversations with my little men, one of the best ways that I’ve found to educate them about their allergies is through books. We love to spend time reading together and so books have been my greatest educational tools. Here is a list of some of my favorite children’s books about food allergies:
- Nutley, The Nut-Free Squirrel – by: Stephanie Sorkin
- Food Allergies and Me – by: Juniper Skinner
- Joey Panda and His Food Allergies Save The Day – by: Amishi S. Murthy MD and Vivian Chou MD
- The Princess and the Peanut Allergy – by: Wendy McClure and Tammie Lyon
- The Bugabees: Friends With Food Allergies – by: Amy Recob
- Gordy And The Magic Diet – by: Kim Diersen, April Runge, and Carrie Hartman
- DJ’s Allergies (a board book) – by: Jennifer Ormond and Curt Walstead
- Patty’s Secret: A Tale About Living With Food Allergies – by: Leneille Moon and Brandon Fall
Despite having some incredible books about food allergies, I’ve so often wished there was something more. Another way to teach our elementary kiddos about their food allergies. Well…soon there will be!!
I’m excited to share with you Kyle Dine’s plan to create an educational video about food allergies and celiac disease for elementary school students. I seriously did a happy dance in my kitchen when I received the news! Finally an answer to so many prayers. Check out the promotional video of Kyle sharing his vision for his new educational video.
If you don’t know Kyle Dine – YOU SHOULD! Kyle has grown up with life-threatening food allergies to peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, seafood and mustard. He is also an incredible singer/songwriter and food allergy educator. Kyle has suffered many allergic reactions and loves to share his story and educate others (especially children) about food allergies through songs, puppets and games. Kyle has performed for over 500 schools across the continent and has professionally recorded 2 albums: Food Allergies Rock and You Must Be Nuts. I haven’t seen Kyle perform in person, but hope to soon. You need to check out his music and follow along – he is doing incredible things for the food allergy community.
If you are as excited about his soon-to-be food allergy video as I am, I would encourage you to hop on over to his KickStarter page and support him by making a donation. I’ve already joined the Kyle Dine & Friends team by making a donation because what he is doing for our children is not only amazing but life-saving.
Kyle, thanks for what you are doing for our children. You are a blessing to so many families.