photo credit: Dano
I have some wonderful memories when I was a child, especially starting Kindergarten when I turned 5. Unfortunately, I also remember at 5 suffering from anaphylaxis shock after eating a cashew nut. I still recall the emergency room episode and the panic from my parents.
Today, many children suffer from food allergies, including nuts, peanut butter, soy, gluten, wheat, strawberries, milk, and dairy. My children have yet to be tested for food allergies as they are still young, but our pediatrician has agreed that we should keep nuts out of the family diet. Since I still suffer from peanut allergies, we just don’t have the need to buy peanut butter or other nuts. I have also experienced anaphylaxis shock as an adult twice, and it reminds me of the caution we need to take with our children and friends children who suffer from food allergies. After consuming a product containing nuts, anaphylaxis shock for me, starts with an itching of my eyes, hives, and throat closure. If not treated quickly, the airway can swell shut.
Food allergies, and especially for me, peanut allergies are a real hazard and can be life threatening. We have taken the steps to notify our daughter’s preschool and friends and family about her allergies, but what else can we do? Our church has been using stickers on the back of children as notification of any allergies, but I thought about creating a permanent reminder. Cafepress has a wonderful solution for parents that are wondering how to better protect children from accidental exposure. I have created several buttons, stickers, and even t-shirts to bring awareness and safety for my children and others, that are concerned about allergies. In many settings the person that you notified about your child’s food allergy, may not be the same person interacting with them.
These buttons, stickers, and shirts can be perfect for parents who want to take the extra precautions with:
If you have an idea for a food allergy that I may have missed, please let me know, and I’ll add it to my cafepress store called Daddy Time. Creating buttons, stickers and t-shirts can be a fun way to make some passive income or alternative income. If you already have a Cafepress business, I would love to hear how you are doing.