Situation Food Allergy: Would your child say something?


Situation Food Allergy. Bread Crumbs in the Safe Butter

BLOG POST #185 — Your mother is awesome accommodating your child's food allergy, regularly buying dairy-free, "safe" foods that your 10-year-old son can eat. One morning, after sleeping over Nanna's house, your son is sitting at the table ready to eat breakfast.

"I made your favorite 'uppy' eggs," Nanna announces as she places the food on the table. "And of course I just bought safe bread for you to dip it in."

She brings the butter from the stove and places it on the table. She had used the butter to make the eggs. 

"I know you like butter on your bread," she continues. "I bought safe butter last week. It's actually the same butter your grandfather and I eat every day now."

Your son grabs the knife and looks at the butter. There are toast crumbs in it... and the crumbs aren't from his 'safe' bread. 

What does he do? 

JJ Vulopas is a rising senior at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. An advocate for young people, JJ has lived with food allergies his entire life. He is the author of the children's book, Land of Not. You can read his daily blog at and follow him @thelandofcan on Twitter and Instagram.