May 9-15th is Food Allergy Awareness Week! Did you know approximately 12 million Americans suffer from Food Allergies? Eight foods account for 90% of all food allergies. If you see someone showing signs of allergic reaction (all over hives, eyes swelling, trouble breathing, heart problems, etc.) use an epi-pen and call 911 immediately!
Since it is Food Allergy Awareness Week and since food allergies have recently affected my family so much I decided to do a post about it. (Also, because my sister is doing a giveaway on her blog and to enter the giveaway we need to spread the word. I dunno if I am eligible though because I am family, but I am doing it anyway.)
I have the most adorable niece in the world and a few months ago we found out that she has severe food allergies. She is allergic to milk, eggs, wheat, peanuts, almonds, oats and soy. The poor kid explodes with hives if she even touches these foods, it is really sad. We have an Epi-Pen for her in case of a reaction and luckily haven't had to use it yet. She is also on special formula (we swear it has gold dust in it because it's so expensive.) to help her out since she is 11 months old and hasn't yet doubled her birth weight. She continues to be a very chill and happy little baby. I will most likely do a few more post about food allergies this week so this is just the start.
Monday, May 10, 2010