Navigating Allergies At Camp, on Sleepovers and Playdates!

NEWS | | April 11, 2011 at 2:00 pm

So although my kids are not allergic, things like artificial food coloring etc is something highly on a red-flag status for me, especially for my child on the Autism Spectrum who it impacts a lot. The thing about allergies is that you think you have it under control, in your home. I mean of course you turned your lifestyle upside-down when you found out to cater for it, but as soon as you settle in your ways (and in your cozy home) you find that there are things like camp, sleepovers and playdates on the horizon.

Navigating these waters is so painful when it is out of your control. At my daughter’s 4th birthday I was bringing in cupcakes from Whole Foods which she requested. The teacher told me that one child had a nut allergy but they had some candy (M&M’s) for her and she was used to it. It broke my heart. I searched for nut-free treats and found some cookies by Divvies (who happens to be on this talk). I wish I found cupcakes but cookies were better than candy. I wondered how tough it must be for that little girl and felt for the parents who constantly deal with it, often from unsympathetic bystanders.

The class will take place on Tuesday, April 12th at 1:00 pm ET for one hour right here: You will be joined by Lori Sandler of Divvies Bakerywill lead a discussion on Navigating Food Allergies: At Camp, on Sleepovers and Playdates with Sandy Rubenstein of Camp Wingate*Kirkland and Renee Flax of the American Camp Association along with LoriSandler, Jo-Lynne ShaneCaryn BaileyJodi GrundigJen Rabulan-Bertram

Disclosure: The class is sponsored by ConAgra and hosted by TheMotherhood.



  1. 1

    All the allergies that have become so common lately are scary. Every other person I know has some of allergy or intolerance. Better prevent and strengthen the immune system.

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    Meghan says:

    Woman – next time, ask me! I bake for my DS’s egg allergy all the time. And, there’s a child in his class with a nut allergy so I have recipes that are nut free and easy to make (it’s all about the brands, baby).

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      Mommy Niri says:

      For a party at home totally – for schools they don’t normally allow home-baked stuff coz they can’t confirm ingredients (I know crazy). So hold that thought, I have 2 more parties.

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    Michelle W says:

    My older daughter and I both deal with food allergies, and when we are out, we just have gotten used to bringing our own food. When she is at school, we try to send something that she can have (if we know ahead of time) and if we don’t know about it, she is used to saying “No, thank you”. I always try to make it up to her later.
    For me, it seems difficult to say that to friends, because they actually get offended that I won’t eat what they have! (???) I do not understand this stance, but it seems that people really want to connect over food or share meals and when you bring your own, they get upset. I, personally, would rather my throat not close up:)
    Good topic of discussion!

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    Kristi says:

    Hey Niri!

    It was great to meet you last night at Brookstone. I just subscribed to your wonderful blog and I look forward to reading your posts! I hope to meet up with you at some other event soon. Your visit to Panera sounded wonderful!

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