Saving your marriage and parenting a child with food allergy

The emotional aspects of managing a child’s food allergies will challenge even the best of marriages.

When a child is diagnosed with life threatening food allergies usually the mother becomes the "overprotective" parent looking out against all enemies, and the husband is more than often viewed as one of those opponents.  The mom monitors what food allergens the husband eats and how well he cleaned up afterward.

The good news is that it will take time, but couples can unite with the purpose of finding a way to manage food allergies in our household.
  Coping with any life-threatening medical condition in a child is a heavy burden especially on the parent doing the bulk of the daily childcare. 

As a couple,  it is crucial to have frequent discussions and find common grounds.   Use the list of potential conflicts below to begin these discussions. Keep adding questions of your own as situations that cause conflict come up to make sure you don't forget to discuss how to manage it next time it happens.  Review it on a regular basis to ensure 100% compliance.  

Is your fault that our child was born with food allergies.

Every day a new study is published about what causes  food allergies. Results range from genetics, to living in an extra clean environment, food additives,
pesticides, and even the water we drink.  Bottom line, more research is still on the
works, so don't waste your time on this subject.

You don't even know what our child is allergic just don't care.  

Both parents need to be exposed to the same facts and experiences regarding children’s health. Both parents should go to the doctor appointments or therapies, school meetings and other important activities so that they get the same experiences and input.

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by Marlena Delgado Coen 

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