OK I admit it, I am bias. But how could you not love a face like this? My sister and nephew are helping us out this week as our guest blogger. I look forward to when Joey is old enough to write his own blog. In the meantime, take a peak at how my sister handles my nephew’s food allergies.

1. What is your baMy 2 yr old nephewckground (age, race, married, etc..)?

My background is Irish and Polish. I live in Canada. I am 36. I have two children under the age of three, one boy and one girl. My son is allergic to sesame, mustard and peanuts.

2. Do you have allergies? Does your spouse? I am allergic to nuts. My spouse has no allergies. My sister has food allergies and my mother has allergies to medications.
3. How did you find out your child had allergies? Unfortunately the hard way, he ate it.
4. What was your first thought? I was disappointed. I was hoping he would not have allergies, as I know what it’s like. It sucks but it is not the end of the world.
5. How has this changed your life? It has not changed at all.
6. How does your child cope at daycare? My child does not struggle at daycare. No outside food is allowed in. Sometimes they will give him a different menu but it is rarely needed.

7. What would you like parents to know – whether they have allergic kids or not? I would like them to know that the effects of food allergies can be quite serious.
8. Do you think your child will be all right? Yes, he will be fine.
9. How concerned is your family? Do they understand the situation? My family has dealt with food allergies since I was a child so they have a good understanding. My spouse’s family does not fully understand it but they will with time.
10. Will you travel with your child? If you have, what precautions did you take? I do travel as my spouse’s family lives in Europe and my sister lives in the US. I always have Benadryl and his Epi-pen. Sometimes, depending on where I am going, I will bring extra food for him.

If you would like to be a guest blogger, please email tarah@allergictraveler.net

Author: Tarah Jakubiak

After working for 20 years in the corporate world, Tarah Jakubiak founded Allergic Traveler. Jakubiak, president of Allergic Traveler has traveled the world since the age of two. She has been to 25 countries and 34 states. Jakubiak has been to all inclusives, gone on cruises, gone camping; backpacking through Europe, gone to the big cities, and little hidden gems. She has multiple food allergies but it does not stop her from seeing the world. Jakubiak is allergic to eggs, nuts, mushroom, soy, garlic, corn, sesame, potatoes, celery, shellfish, chicken, pork, peanuts, and many fruits. She is originally from Montreal, Quebec and now lives in Greensboro, NC with her husband.