Birthday parties and food allergies

When C was diagnosed with a nut allergy, I cried for two days. I remember being particularly devastated that he would never have Reese’s peanut butter cups and that he’d probably never be able to go to Thailand (even though I haven’t even been myself).

One of the things that worried/saddened me the most was how we’d cope with birthday parties. Well, five years on we’ve attended loads of birthday parties, and we’ve just had our first couple of parties where I didn’t stay to help supervise.

For me, the key to success has been close cooperation and clear communication with host parents. That’s why I’ve put together this infographic below highlighting five questions you should ask a host parent when your allergic child is invited to a birthday party.

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How this allergy journey started

I’ve wanted to get back into writing for a while, but you know what it’s like… there’s always excuses and never enough time. Well, last night I decided to take the plunge and now here we are.

Managing allergies makes up a huge part of my life. It’s well and good saying “don’t let allergies define you” or “it’s ok to relax once in a while”. But if it’s your kids who suffer from a reaction, you’d do anything to make it stop.

I guess a good start would be to tell you how we started off in this world of food allergies.

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