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PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2018 8:03 pm 

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Son’s allergy inspires Peterborough mom to write book to share strategies

The experience of raising a child with an anaphylactic allergy to peanuts has inspired a Peterborough mother of two to write a children's book sharing her strategies and information she hopes will foster a broader understanding of the topic.
The Prince's Armor – A Peanut Allergy Awareness Story is the first published book by north-end resident and former teacher Koel M. Upadhyay, who has experienced the helplessness, frustrations and anxieties many parents in her position face.
The oldest of her two sons, who is now 12, inspired the book. He was diagnosed with the life-threatening allergy when he was two years old.
"It was quite a shock in the beginning," she said, explaining how it rook time to adjust to a new lifestyle focusing on his safety.
Upadhyay gathered and shared information, spreading awareness about peanut allergies by regularly talking to teachers, caregivers and community members on effective strategies for preventing allergic reactions.
Many are not aware of many of the many simple strategies – such as checking hidden ingredients in baked goods – that must be implemented daily to stay safe, she explained. "That is where the story idea came from."
The book presents ideas to younger audiences with a narrative style they can understand, Upadhyay said, citing terms like cross-contamination and accidental exposure as concepts that can be difficult for youth to fully comprehend.
It utilizes two styles – one drawing from the experiences of Little Prince, as well as text boxes asking what the character should do, mirroring choices that those with such an allergy will inevitably face in real life.
Food allergies affect about two in 100 children in Canada, while half of Canadians know someone with a serious food allergy.
One cannot control their surroundings or environment, not is it prudent to take it for granted that everyone in shared areas has relevant information about food allergies, Upadhyay wrote ... trategies/


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