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Pink Says Son's COVID-19 Diagnosis Led to Food Allergy Diagnosis

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What Happened: Singer Pink and her 3-year-old son Jameson are on the mend after getting COVID-19. On Saturday, Pink shared that in the course of Jameson’s COVID-19 diagnosis and treatment, they discovered her son has “bad food allergies.”

Jamo has, turns out, pretty bad food allergies, which we were able to find out in some of the blood testing that we had to do recently because of COVID. So he’s allergic to wheat, dairy and eggs. — Pink

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The Frontlines: Food allergies are common among children, and can have a major impact. An estimated 5.6 million children under age 18 have a food allergy.

  • The most common food allergies include shellfish, milk and peanuts
  • About 40% of kids are allergic to more than one food
  • More than 40% of children with a food allergy have had a serious allergic reaction, which can be life-threatening
  • One in three kids with a food allergy report they have been bullied as a result

A Mighty Voice: Our community member, Natalie Allport-Grantham, shared that sometimes others don’t understand managing food allergies for you or your child. “Don’t be insulted if I bring my kid’s food! It is easier and less stressful for me to feed him safely than to face a potluck with fear and a billion questions.” You can submit your first person story, too.

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Other things to know: Want more insight into what it’s like to live with a food allergy? These Mighty articles can help:

More helpful thinking: Having a child newly diagnosed with a food allergy can be intimidating. For advice on what to do now, check out Food Allergy Research & Education’s resources.

Header image via Pink’s Instagram 

Originally published: May 20, 2020
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