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If you’re like many parents of children who have severe food allergies, you worry about how this condition will affect your child as they grow up. Will the food allergies make your child anxious or miserable? Will they be afraid to leave the house? Will they take risks? How will it affect them?

I have good news for you. It really is possible to raise your child in a way that they accept their food allergies as just another part of who they are. Your child can turn out “well-adjusted” in spite of the food allergies! And there are things you can do to help make that happen.

Life-threatening food allergies affect every aspect of your family’s life. Managing this is a constant and sometimes overwhelming challenge. As a parent, you may not realize that how you handle day-to-day food allergy management is important. But it is. Because you’re the parent, you set the tone and lead by example.

A few years ago, I had the honor of presenting a Kids With Food Allergies webinar: Raising a Well-Adjusted Child Who Takes Food Allergies in Stride. I recently gave this same presentation live at a local food allergy support group meeting.

A 28-minute video of this presentation, complete with an updated slide show, is now available on YouTube. Watch this video for parenting advice that can make a real difference for your family.

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My own son with food allergies is now 26 years old. He has a great job in human resources analytics, lives with a crowd of roommates, cooks his own meals, has a social life, etc. He also carries his emergency medicine and takes all the appropriate precautions. If you ask him, he’ll tell you that his food allergies are “no big deal.” In fact, he’s been saying this for years. In this video I share the 10-step approach I took to make this happen.

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When Linda Coss’ son was diagnosed with life-threatening food allergies in 1991, this condition was so rare that food allergy resources didn’t really exist. Recently honored as one of the “pioneers” in the food allergy world, Linda has a wealth of food allergy management insight and information to share. Linda is the author of three popular food allergy books, including “How to Manage Your Child’s Life-Threatening Food Allergies” and two dairy-, egg-, and nut-free food allergy cookbooks. Find them on

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