Food allergy families typically build a good support system within their own homes, but when it comes to extended family…things can be a little rocky at first. It often takes a lot of time and work to build a strong allergy team of grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins. But it’s worth the effort so keep educating and asking for help. They will come around.
Food allergies can naturally put a damper on the holiday spirit if you let them. Couple that with lack of support from family, and talk about salt to the wound. I’ve spent a few holidays subjecting my immediate family to lack of care and honest ignorance of loved ones who don’t deal with allergy stress day in and day out. And it can be tough.
Let’s not forget that really, the top priority everyday of our food allergy journey is to keep our children safe from life-threatening allergens. If a holiday gathering is going to put a child’s life literally in jeopardy, it’s not worth it. Celebration alternatives may need to be found until you can get to a better place with your family and how they conduct holiday events.
In our early years, all three of these important components weren’t always in place. And we had to come up with some creative ways to keep the holidays positive and special. That’s why I share six different ways we have chosen to celebrate family holidays with severe food allergies.
These suggestions are full of “happy mediums” and “simple compromises” until you really have all three of these vital checks down pat. Don’t feel guilty doing what you have to do. And with some time, your situation will most likely improve.
Head over to What to Expect to read our article, 6 Options for Celebrating the Holidays with Food Allergies.
And let us know in the comments if you have further ideas or suggestions. Allergy moms would love to hear!
Original Post 11/27/13