Ellie had been out visiting her friend Henry who lived a few trees down. On her way home she noticed that the clouds had gotten darker and she quickly scurried under some big mushrooms to avoid the raindrops coming down. As she sat and waited for the rain to stop, she thought about how much fun she had when she was visiting Henry.
It was nice because Henry also had food allergies and she didn’t have feel weird when she told him she couldn’t eat something, he understood why right away why she couldn't have that food. Her other friends did their best to understand but sometimes Ellie got tired of telling them why she couldn't have something. She and Henry had spent most of the day playing outside building forts and playing acorn checkers. His mom had cut up apple slices for them, a food that was safe for both Ellie and Henry, and they had eaten the apples under the blankets of one of the forts.
Ellie was glad she had a friend like Henry to play with and share their experiences of having allergies. It made her feel less alone.
IgE Food Allergies: Did you know that 1 in 13 children have food allergies and that the numbers are rising? Reactions to food can be mild, itchy mouth or GI upset, to life threatening collection of symptoms, known as anaphylactic shock. Anaphylaxis involves at least two systems at once. Symptoms can include but are not limited to: itching, hives, swelling, trouble breathing, changes in BP, GI upset and symptoms (diarrhea, cramping, vomiting). It is important to know that anaphylaxis only has to involve 2 or more symptoms and that you won't always have visible symptoms (swelling, hives, etc). Even the trace amount of a trigger food can cause serious reactions. The idea of "only a little bit won't hurt" does NOT apply to food allergies - a little bit can seriously hurt, if not worse.
Learn more about Food Allergies and Anaphylaxis: Ellie the Mouse is linked with FARE, Food Allergy Research and Education. Their program is incredibly helpful and is raising awareness for all those with Food allergies (non-IgE included). Their website is full of wonderful and helpful information for those who have allergies and those help care for individuals with allergies. Check it out HERE
**Disclaimer: the information shared on site is for informational and educational purposes only, if you feel like you might have a food allergy please talk to your doctor**