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HVP March 2016

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Page 22 of 39 n Hudson Valley Parent 23 Evan Hershkowitz, DDS, MPH 1001 Route 376 • Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 We'll make your child's dental visit playful, fun, & stress-free! Specialize in infants through adolescents and children with special needs General anesthesia available in our fully-equipped suites State-of-the-art facility offering the latest technology Ahoy, Matey! Come Sail the Seven Seas with a Smile! We'll ma Specialize in infa Specialize in infa pe i ize i i General anesthe General anesthe State-of-the-art fac State-of-the-art fac We listen. We care. We educate. We support you. We are with you. The Hudson Valley Offi ce of Capital Region Midwifery Obstetrics and gynecology for women of all ages • Accepting new patients • Free Consultations • Most insurance accepted • Delivering at Kingston Hospital Are you pregnant? 63 Hurley Ave., Kingston • 845-383-1231 • menu. Never assume that safe foods will be served. Once you know what's being served, plan something similar (so your kids aren't looking longingly at pizza while they're eating a turkey sandwich) or bring your family's favorites, if they prefer. We find bringing a special treat of our own helps us not feel left out, as does our promise to recreate any special foods that were off-limits at the event. Restaurants have made great strides to accommodate food aller- gies, but their preparedness and limits vary greatly. Use social media to research allergen-friendly menus and identi- fy ones that are known for making accommodations. Also, call ahead and inquire, as some restaurants have substitutions (gluten-free buns, nut-free dishes) whereas other restaurants can only make foods "plain." Reaching out Turning to support groups, both online and physically, is a great way to get advice from trusted friends and professionals who can discuss safe protocols. Also, medical iden- tification bracelets can be worn by young children whose allergies may be too complicated to explain. As children grow, it's essential to role-play how to inquire about ingredients, or how ask an adult to contact a parent to check on a food in question. "Let everyone know right away about a child's allergies," Sandra says. "You won't always be there." She also emphasized the importance of teaching her granddaughter to "ask about everything she's given." Give kids the knowledge and confidence to become his or her own advocate by modeling clear and respectful communication. Stephanie Sandler is a clinical psychologist and Fishkill mom who blogs weekly about gluten-free cook- ing and more. Did you know… • According to Food Allergy Resource and Education (FARE), close to 6 million kids in the United States – about two children per classroom – have some type of food allergy? • Food Allergy Awareness Week was created in 1998 to educate the public about food allergies and will be held this year from May 8-14? • Resources for helping young chil- dren understand food allergies are available through FARE's website at • An online community forum for parents of children with food aller- gies can be found at community.

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