Food allergies aren’t a joke A child with a food allergy isn’t just a picky eater—in some cases, merely coming into contact with the food could cause a serious reaction. “We’ve met people who think that someone who eats a food he’s allergic to will just feel a little sick,” says Nicole Brennan; she and her son Oliver, 2, are both allergic to soy, corn, seafood, wheat, and dairy (and they’re each allergic to other foods as well). “But an allergy really can be a matter of life or death, so we aren’t being overly cautious.”
A heads-up means a lot Food allergies are more common than ever, but it doesn’t stop the kids and families who deal with them from feeling like the odd men out sometimes. When it’s your turn to supply snacks for the soccer team, for instance, let all the parents know what you’re bringing. “We would never expect someone to rearrange anything to accommodate us, but when we know what’s coming, we can plan for ourselves accordingly,” says Hope Hill.