Saturday, July 4, 2009

Nathan at the July 4th parade

Today we went to a parade, the one that throws tons of candy. Some of the candy was fine for Nathan to eat but some of it was not. So as he put it in his bag, I would take out the stuff he can't eat (tootsie rolls and gum mostly).

The children next to us were also getting candy and were nice and shared with Nathan since they were faster and older at getting the candy. But many times I told the children "that is ok, you keep the candy, he is allergic."

My famous words at the parade "He can't have that he is allergic"

Maybe I should have just taken the candy and switched it out at home. There are always new experiences when dealing with food allergies.


Susan said...

If you participate in Halloween, this comes up too. My daughter did her first major door-to-door trick-or-treating last year (age 4) with a boy from our neighborhood who also has a food allergy. The two of them started asking each homeowner if the food had peanuts or tree nuts in it and then said "I can't have it, I'm allergic!" We told the kids to not ask - just take whatever and move on. We'd donate whatever they couldn't eat. But they wanted as much junk as they could get and noticed people would go look for stuff they could have without nuts in it, so they kept asking. It was kind of embarrassing, and I think we might just find carnivals or other activities to do going forward instead of walking around the neighborhood.

Jeanette said...

Yes, this Halloween we will take whatever and just switch out the candy when we get home.
Thanks for your comment.