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Four tips on how to talk to family about life-threatening food allergies

The holiday season is a great time to visit with family, gathering around to honor traditions and make new memories. Usually, that means food and if you or a loved one has life-threatening food allergies, that can make things … awkward. If you don’t live with life-threatening food allergies, it can be hard to understand […]

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The holiday season is a great time to visit with family, gathering around to honor traditions and make new memories. Usually, that means food and if you or a loved one has life-threatening food allergies, that can make things … awkward.

If you don’t live with life-threatening food allergies, it can be hard to understand how it impacts daily life – and especially holiday parties. Will there be safe food to eat? Will I have a reaction? How can I keep myself safe?

Talking to family about life-threatening food allergies can be intimidating – but it doesn’t have to be. Here are four tips from the experts at Midwest Allergy on how to talk to family about life-threatening food allergies. Read on:

Don’t mince words

If you have a life-threatening food allergy, explain it in simple terms. Talk about anaphylaxis and what it means. Talk about how you keep yourself (or your child) safe. Talk about epinephrine and why it’s used. Offer trusted sources and printouts so your family member can read them.

Ask for help

Most people, when confronted with a life-threatening food allergy, want to understand and be helpful. So, let them. While this might not mean trusting Aunt Martha to make your food, you can talk to her about safe alternatives to family favorites. Here are some tips from Food Allergy Resource and Education, as well.

Listen with an open heart and mind

You probably remember when you (or your child) was first diagnosed with a life-threatening food allergy. It might have seemed overwhelming and impossible. When talking to family members about it, practice empathy and try to see it from their side. Changing food traditions during the holidays can be difficult for many people.

Gauge interest

Sometimes, even a family member might not be receptive to working with you and your life-threatening food allergy. Not everyone can “get it” and while that is frustrating, it’s OK to walk away and try to keep the peace. You can skip gatherings at this person’s home or bring your own food. Either way, your focus needs to be on the people in your life who do “get it” and keeping yourself (or your child) safe.

Midwest Allergy

The medical experts at Midwest Allergy can help you manage life-threatening food allergies. Make an appointment today.

 

 

 

 

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