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Ask The Allergy Chef: Sending KG Kid to School Seems Overwhelming

Ask The Allergy Chef: New to food allergies AND school, help?

    Hi, we’re new to food allergies AND going to school. Our kindergartner was just diagnosed as allergic to wheat, milk, eggs, and all tree nuts. I’ve been adapting at home (we’ve suspected for quite some time so I was already getting use to some aspects). However, adding the new complication of school is overwhelming. Please help.

    Hi, I’m so sorry you’re feeling overwhelmed. Everyone’s first year at school, at any age, for a free-from kid feels almost impossible at times. I can tell you this: most likely, this will be the hardest it gets where school is concerned. Sure, you’re going to face other challenges in the future. As they come though, you’ll be more seasoned and have a much better handle on how free-from and school work together. I say that to say, have hope. It will get easier.

    Below are some articles and resources to get you started. I’m not going to chat at you a bunch because there’s just too much to say on these topics, hence the resources. RAISE (membership website), also has some excellent back to school resources. You can find them all in one place here.

    School Resources

    Food Allergy Help 101: Back to School Food Allergy Help 101: Lunch
    Food Allergy Help 101: Snacks Food Allergy Help 101: Hidden Allergens
    Back to School with Food Allergies and Celiac Disease Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Top 8 Allergy Free, Sesame Free Lunches
    Packing Gluten Free, Allergy Friendly Lunches for Kids Gluten Free, Top 9 Allergy Free Rainbow Lunches
    The Gluten Free, Allergy Friendly Lunch Box (Options for All) Free From Snack Attack Recipe Pack by The Allergy Chef (Gluten Free, Vegan, Top 9 Allergy Free)

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