(Full Disclosure, I am friends with the author so I may be a bit biased.) I was talking about allergies a couple of days ago. Some people did point out to me that clams do not need to be disclosed in nutrition labels, just crustacean shellfish. I guess that it doesn’t make things any worse than what I grew up with. I do find it unusual that a seafood is not on the list, even though a good deal of people allergic to crustaceans are also allergic to mollusks. Oh well.
If you are looking for a book to explain food allergies to a child, I suggest DJs Allergies. (Click on the image to see more about the book.) This book explains food allergies in a way a child can understand. Sadly, children with food allergies need an understanding of their allergy, so they don’t take a bite of the cookie that their friend offered, or have that cake at the birthday party. If you don’t have a food allergy, you might not realize what type of things you have to watch out for. Just looking at the ingredients might not be enough. Some allergies (like mine) you have to make sure that the food you are allergic to doesn’t touch what you are eating, You need to make sure that even a small molecule isn’t in your food. Frying the food in the same oil, or having it on a tray where the shop people may pick it up after touching what you are allergic to may set off an attack. Some attacks can be serious enough to kill you! As you can tell, they are very serious.