Sorry, this is a bit of a rant….
Being the mother of two children with multiple allergies I always get the impression that other parents/people think I’m just being precious and over-protective of my children and it’s a non-existent problem that exists in my head. People tend to look at you as if you are crazy when you mention allergies, I’m sure they think that it’s a made-up modern world issue and we’re just being controlling. I think on the whole the first reaction from other people is one of suspicion, rather than taking you seriously. This isn’t just how I feel – in the latest Anaphylaxis Campaign Magazine other parents express the same sentiments.
I think this is especially the case with a dairy allergy (and multiple allergies) – somehow, people can understand the serious nature of a nut allergy, but an allergy to milk is just incomprehensible. To some extent I blame those people with ‘allergies’ who say “oh I shouldn’t because I’m allergic, but oh go on, I’ll just have a little” – in our experience a true allergy means complete avoidance is necessary, having ‘a little’ of something is not on the cards.
An allergy may change your life, indeed constrain some parts of it, but it doesn’t make you some weirdo who doesn’t fit into society. In fact, I think it’s far more important for someone (especially a child) with an allergy to feel that they are the same as everyone else, just someone who eats slightly different foods and who will not be judged for having to speak out.
Ok, now thats off my chest…. rant over!