My son has multiple food allergies (eggs, peanuts, watermelon, shellfish, uncooked dairy and Prednisone) as well as asthma. This means always having two epinephrine auto-injectors, an asthma inhaler, antihistamine packets, a copy of his allergy plan and his MedicAlert bracelet. And honestly, this is a lot for any young person to have to accept each and every day. For the most part, until this year when he entered High School, he rarely complained about it (even through the fannie pack days). Not bad for a kid who has self-carried since Third Grade.
Always Find a Solution This is my philosophy with almost anything, but especially with food allergies. I am not that "woe is me" food allergy parent and I don't knock anyone who is because we all need to deal with food allergies in our own way. So after I was done with my second or third mommy rant, I decided to stop yelling and begin thinking. Then I got an email from AllerMates. I adore their products and I was excited when they asked if I would mind sharing my thoughts on a product of theirs. I was a little nervous since NutriSon is older and I wasn't sure if they were age-appropriate for him but then there is was- my solution! One of the products they offer is a solid black Allergy Medicine Carrying Case (happy dance). AND, it has room for an asthma inhaler as well! The same size of NutriSon's EpiPen holder but solid black...you know how teenagers love the color black to be cool. When it arrived, I even got approval from NutriSon and there was no coaxing or yelling involved. As you can see, the case from AllerMates also comes with an emergency contact information card and extra pockets to tuck away other necessities. There is an elastic strap to make sure NutriSon's inhaler stays put and doesn't float to and fro inside the case. Neat, organized, efficient and High School acceptable. I would share a picture of NutriSon wearing it but, as you probably have noticed, he is rarely in any of my pictures since he strongly dislikes photos.
Use Your Resources Another word of advice that I recommend to everyone. Food allergies can be confusing, overwhelming, frightening but they can also be a way to transform your life in a positive way. AllerMates also covers other resources that everyone may need to reduce that tension and share that they are there to help as well. Like what? How about all of this:
- Information for parents & anyone who needs it for allergies, asthma, gluten intolerance & diabetes
- A section just for kids that includes a free gift, allergy book, AllerMate character selfies, videos and more
- Useful resources and tools for schools, doctors or whoever else needs them to show allergy awareness
- Bunches of kid-friendly products (activity books, bracelets, charms & charm bracelets, dog tags, labels & stickers, lunch & snack bags, medicine cases & bags, posters and survival kits
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Be Your Own Mate The great thing about food allergies is that it can empower you to do great things. Always be proud of yourself or the person that you know who has food allergies- they are their own superhero (After all, who else has the superpower to defend themselves from a deadly food with knowledge and epinephrine)! Because everyone has their own way of gathering information, AllerMates can be reached in multiple ways: their website AllerMates.com, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube - choose one or choose all but most importantly, choose what will help you.
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