Monday, May 6, 2013

Are You a Careful Kisser? A Celiac Fact of the Day, and a Big Shout Out!

Are you a careful kisser??
(Teens and food allergies/gluten sensitivities: Celiac Awareness Month)

For most people kissing can be a fun and harmless activity, but when you have food allergies, sensitivities, or the such, kissing becomes a very dangerous thing.

Although developing a severe reaction from a kiss is rare and unusual, it is not unheard of. When kissing someone with a food allergy (whether it be a grandparent, parent, sibling, or date) try to avoid eating the food allergen.

Kissing safety for food allergic children and teens:
Before you pucker up:
  • Remind your kissing partner about your allergies;
  • Suggest your partner avoid eating serious allergens, if possible;
  • Ask your partner to minimize allergen exposure, such as by washing hands and face, or brushing teeth thoroughly, before kissing;
  • Carry appropriate medication and know how to use an injectable epinephrine kit;
  • Wear emergency medical identification (such as a Medic Alert® bracelet). 
Although food sensitivities are different than food allergies, it can be very helpful to follow the same rules above. Cross contamination of gluten, for instance, can happen in a variety of ways including kissing and even trace amounts can make a person with Celiac Disease very sick.

Celiac Fact:

Celiac disease is caused by the consumption of gluten a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. It is estimated that 83% of Americans who have celiac disease are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed with other conditions.

A Big Shout Out- Thank You!

During the A to Z Challenge in April I received a blogging award from the wonderful, sweet Mary Hill of Mary-adering Mary is a mother, wife, dreamer, and writer. I met her during the A to Z Challenge and am so grateful.

Thank you, thank you Mary for this wonderful honor. You made my day!

Here are a few of my favs...daisies, yellow, frozen yogurt, superhero movies, Walking Dead, great music, the river, sitting by the swimming pool on a hot day, dogs, summer, sunshine, and happy people.

I will tweet my nominations as I pass on this great award to other wonderful bloggers! Thank you again Mary!


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