FOR CHILDREN WITH LIFE-THREATENING FOOD ALLERGIES
LAKE FOREST, CALIFORNIA — For most parents, dropping by a friend’s house for a visit, accepting an invitation to a child’s birthday party, or planning a trip to a children’s museum are not anxiety-filled occasions. But for a growing number of parents, each of these situations can feel like stepping into a potential minefield. Why? Their children have life-threatening food allergies – and ingestion of even a tiny amount of a common food could be deadly. Because food, and food residue, is everywhere, keeping their children safe is a constant challenge.
“How To Manage Your Child’s Life-Threatening Food Allergies: Practical Tips For Everyday Life,” by Linda Marienhoff Coss, reveals numerous potential dangers that parents may not have thought of – and provides practical advice regarding how to minimize the risks of these situations. As the Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA) explains, “Linda Coss covers the obvious…the not-so-obvious… and everything in between. This book prepares parents to bypass all the food allergy minefields in a detailed and doable fashion.”
For example, how many parents would realize that:
• Pet food with allergenic ingredients can pose a danger to a curious toddler.
• Many children will react to minute amounts of food residue – including traces of allergens transferred to the child’s food from other products made on the same production line, or from utensils, cutting boards, or even the chef’s fingers.
• Most bakeries do not wash out their bowls, baking sheets, and utensils between batches; items are merely wiped off before being used to make a different item and are then washed thoroughly by the end of the day.
• Entertainers at children’s birthday parties sometimes throw food items (such as candy or peanuts) to the crowd.
• Some interactive exhibits at children’s museums contain food-related items (such as ground up walnut shells in paleontology displays).
“How To Manage Your Child’s Life-Threatening Food Allergies” is a detailed, easy-to-use-reference manual. The Midwest Book Review calls it a book that “combines experience, solid advice, anecdotes, and tested tactics into one no-nonsense package. An enthusiastically recommended, absolute ‘must read’ for parents of food-allergic children.”
“How To Manage Your Child’s Life-Threatening Food Allergies” is available at www.FoodAllergyBooks.com, from Amazon.com, and from various online and bricks-and-mortar booksellers nationwide.
Linda Coss is also the author of the popular “What’s to Eat? The Milk-Free, Egg-Free, Nut-Free Food Allergy Cookbook.” The mother of a teenage son with multiple potentially fatal food allergies, Ms. Coss has over ten years of experience as the leader of a support group for parents of children with severe food allergies.
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To request a review copy of “How To Manage Your Child’s Life-Threatening Food Allergies: Practical Tips for Everyday Life” (ISBN 0-9702785-1-9) and/or a press kit, please call 949-699-2749, or send your request via e-mail to LindaCoss @FoodAllergyBooks.com.