The First Year at School: Advice from a Food Allergy Mom

Amazing article regarding a topic that is currently causing me much anxiety even though TJ is only 15.5 months: the start of school. It serves as another reminder and voice of encouragement that I am indeed an allergy mom, and that is more than okay. It is my job. Being TJ’s advocate and support is my most important role right now. As September approaches, we smile on in confidence that everything is going to be okay…Thanks so much for this post FARE and for all of your great resources.

By: Amanda Painter, president and director of Education & Development of the Food Allergy Community of East Tennessee (FACET) support group


How did you prepare for the first year your child went to school with food allergies?

Sending my daughter to school for the first time was one of the most challenging times I’ve had as the parent of a child with food allergies. There was a great amount of anxiety, worry and concern. My daughter, Lila Kate, is allergic to milk, peanuts, tree nuts, sesame and mustard. Her allergens come in many different spillable, spreadable, sticky, messy forms that are likely being consumed by most of her classmates. How could she sit with others that were eating her allergen? Would she have hurt feelings due to being different? Would her teacher treat a reaction correctly if it did happen?

Through great preparation and communication, we were able to create a…

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