There is a way for moms to put a safe guard in place for their child(ren) with allergies. All parents have to do is fill in the blank on a T-shirt designed specifically with a message saying “Don’t Feed Me.”
This new T-shirt has a checklist of food allergies which tells caregivers what not to serve the child. Parents simply fill in their child’s name and mark the boxes next to the appropriate allergies, such as “peanuts” or “milk.” If an allergy is not listed on the shirt, parents can write the food in one of the blank spaces provided.
Actor/Comedian Kym Whitley, star of “Raising Whitley” on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), first developed the shirt for her son Joshua Kaleb, 2, who was mistakenly fed peanut butter by a nanny. Whitley later decided to share what she’d done with others parents who may have had or come close to a similar experience with their child with allergies. She took the idea and ventured into business with co-creator Rodney Van Johnson. Her priority was to help serve the children who weren’t able to read or voice their needs to caregivers.
Unfortunately, according to FoodAllergy.org, 8 percent of children in the United States have food allergies, and the number is steadily climbing. A staggering 15 percent of the school-aged children have had a reaction in school.
Kym Whitley’s “Don’t Feed Me” shirts are available on her website.