Holiday Hat Tricks: A Guide to Allergy-Friendly Celebrations

Happy Holidays Everyone! How are the Holidays with family going? Successful? Stressful? Not to worry! Here are some tips to help you if you are struggling:

1) If your child is very sensitive to certain foods and want them to be kept away, just ask! I myself am allergic to tree nuts, so when I go to visit family they know to leave the nuts in the pantry for the duration of my stay.

2) Set boundaries. It’s OK. Tell your family members not to feed your child anything without your approval. Especially for the family members that “don’t believe in food allergies” – make this very clear!

3) If you feel the way your child’s allergies are going to be managed at a relative’s house is not on par with your desires. It’s OK to stay in a hotel. Remember – they are your family, they want the best for your child’s health too.

In an ideal situation, your family is completely understanding of your child’s food allergies and try their best to accommodate and keep him/her safe. 🙂 Unfortunately, sometimes family is less aware/understanding. In this situation one must NOT compromise. They are your family, be nice, but stay true to the way you always handle your child’s allergies.

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