by Kelley Lindberg
Part of what makes living with food-allergic children
challenging is trusting the people who care for our children when we are away.
Teachers, day care workers, babysitters… they all hold our children’s lives in
their hands and act as surrogate parents when we are unavailable.
Making sure those caregivers are informed about how to avoid
your child’s food allergens and prepared to act quickly to an accidental
exposure is critical. Fortunately, awareness has been growing dramatically over
the last decade, to the point where food allergies are becoming an important
topic even in online communities that aren’t food-allergy-centric.
For example, I recently met Sarah Tucker online, who runs a
blog for nannies: www.4nannies.com. She let me know about a blog post she wrote last
week that instructs nannies on the importance of learning about their charges’
food allergies. She also includes several helpful tips on avoiding allergens
not just in the child’s home, but at playdates or restaurants, too.
You can read her post at “What Nannies Need to Know AboutFood Allergies.”
People like Sarah are helping keep our smallest generation
of food-allergic loved ones safe by making sure that nannies everywhere are
informed and prepared. If you know a nanny, babysitter, or day-care provider,
be sure you let them know about Sarah’s blog. It’s an extra helping hand for a
stressful situation, and we can all appreciate that!