Preparing for the Child with Food Allergies & Sensitivities
Until my sister and niece were diagnosed with Celiac Disease I didn’t understand how significantly a food allergy or food sensitivity could impact a person’s life. The vast majority of churches include children with notable dietary restrictions. In the past two years I have had at least one child participating in every children’s ministry setting I served in that had a life-threatening peanut allergy. While we often don’t consider food allergies as “special needs” in a traditional sense, the probability of having a child experience an anaphylaxis reaction is a risk management issue faced in virtually every church. Karen Bransgrove wrote an excellent article featured in The International Network of Children’s Ministry’s Insight E-Mag: Allergy Alert. Bransgrove shares some great tips for accommodating and protecting children with food allergies. This is an especially important topic for churches that serve snacks in VBS!