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I received a copy of PBS Kids All About Allergies on DVD for review.  All opinions are mine.

As a mom of a child with life-threatening food allergies, I know how important it is to help children become more aware of how serious they are and how to live with the daily challenges they bring.  

I am grateful for FARE's National Food Allergy Awareness Week, which encourages respect, promotes safety and helps improve the quality of life for our children who are at risk for life-threatening anaphylaxis.

My baby girl was only 15 months old when she had her first anaphylactic reaction to peanut butter.   My other children all tried peanut butter sandwiches as toddlers without any issues, so I had no reason to think that she would be any different when she tried her first sandwich.  

I had no idea that within minutes of eating just a bite or two, her lip would swell, her eyes would nearly swell shut, she would need a shot of epi, and that she would end up in the hospital for 6 hours (all of this while my husband was 2 hours away for work). It was one of the scariest days of my life and is burned in my memory.    

The photo below shows what she looked like after a dose of epi and benadryl on her way to the hospital in the ambulance.   I took photos in my panic so I would remember exactly what it looked like in case of future reactions.

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We went through allergy testing and found out that she not only has a severe peanut allergy, but also a severe egg allergy as well.   I have to read every single label for every food and be aware of not only those ingredients, but also how the food was prepared in the facility or restaurant and watch out for cross-contamination. 

We carry two epi pens everywhere we go, as well as snacks that we know are safe for her.  Eating at restaurants is more complicated; we have to ask about food preparation and gloves, and there is always a risk. Any time we go out, we have to wipe down surfaces and make sure hands are washed to avoid peanut proteins that stick to surfaces. Having a little one who puts things in her mouth is nerve wracking.  Our daily life has changed in many ways, and we have the huge task of teaching our little one that she can't eat everything her big sister eats. 

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As part of Food Allergy Awareness week, PBS Kids released its lastest DVD, All About Allergies, which features five stories from Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, Arthur, Peg + Cat, and WordWorld.  This dvd helps little ones understand more about allergies and how to cope with them in a not-so-scary way. 

Episodes include:

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Daniel’s Allergy
When Daniel tries a peach for the first time, he learns he is allergic to the fruit. Dad and Doctor Anna take care of him, and Doctor Anna tells Daniel how he can take care of himself, too. 

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Allergies at School
Daniel is celebrating the 100th day at school. He tells Teacher Harriet and his friends that he is allergic to peaches. Teacher Harriet, Katerina, Miss Elaina, O the Owl, and Prince Wednesday take care of Daniel by helping him avoid peaches. They all take care of each other in different ways throughout the school day.

Arthur: Binky Goes Nuts
When Binky discovers that he’s allergic to peanuts, he has so many questions: will he be forced to live without Chinese food? Will he ever again be able to eat with his friends? And most importantly, will his Mom ever calm down? Binky learns that the best way not to go nuts is to be well informed, and to understand his allergy.

Peg + Cat: The Allergy Problem
When Peg is told she’s allergic to Cat, Cat leaves home! Ramone flies Peg around the world in his flying machine that runs on 100 pebbles, in search of her friend.

WordWorld: Achoo!

Pig is allergic to peaches! Too bad Sheep doesn’t know that! When she brings Pig a big bag of peaches to make pies, Pig starts sneezing so much that he can’t even tell Sheep what he really needs is a…a…apples. Sheep tries to guess what Pig needs, imagining a silly array of a-sounding words!

AB's favorite is Daniel Tiger; she loves the music and the simple explanations make it easy for her to understand.  The Allergy Song is wonderful; it describes how she needs to avoid her allergens, what to do if she feels sick, and how to ask about foods that are offered to her.  

While she is not in school yet, I know that the Allergies at School episode will be very helpful for her to remember hand-washing, not taking food from others, and sitting at a peanut-free table.

I also love the Arthur episode Binky Goes Nuts, which deals specifically with peanut allergy.  PBS Kids also has more information for parents and kids on their website, as well as a Peanut Allergy coloring sheet, Understanding Peanut Allergies placemat, and a Peanut Allergy Quiz.  These resources are very helpful as a concerned allergy parent!

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The WordWorld and Peg + Cat episodes aren't as detailed about allergies as I would like.  WordWorld shows sneezing as a reaction to a food, which isn't really an indicator of a reaction like itchy rash, stomach ache, vomiting, swelling etc.  so it was a little confusing.

Overall, All About Allergies from PBS Kids is a great learning tool for kids who have allergies, but also very informative for kids who don't have allergies themselves.  It's so important to teach kids how serious food allergies are and to be understanding and respectful of those kids that have them.


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8 comments on "PBS Kids All About Allergies {Food Allergy Awareness Week} @pbskids #PBSKids #sponsored #TealTakeOver"
  1. Yes, this would be for my cousin!


  2. OMGoodness that pic is so painful to look at. I can't believe that was the after photo. Poor baby! I'm glad you got her to the hospital in time.

    I would like this DVD for my kids. They don't have food allergies just seasonal. This DVD is a great and important learning tool for kids :)

  3. Glad she was okay--I do know a child with allergies but she is not mine. I would give this to my youngest daughter so she could become educated in case she ever has friends with allergies.

  4. I do not know a child with food allergies. I will give this to my nephew if I win. Thanks for the giveaways. I hope that I win. Bernie W BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

  5. I've taught at schools where numerous classrooms had children with peanut or tree nut allergies. This DVD would be for our family. It is important for all children to learn about food allergies.

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  6. yes i sit for kids and then my neighbor kids all have it for one thing or another

  7. Yes, my daughter has peanut/tree nut allergies. I will give this to her.

  8. My granddaughter has food allergys. I think this would be good for her to see. She is aware of them and does a super job with it! Thanks!


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