Food allergies make holidays hard for some

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Cheyenne, WY (KGWN) - The fourth of July is supposed to be a time of carefree childhood memories, but for these young girls, the carefree part doesn't exist.

"We've had to carry epi pens for my 5 year old since she was 10 months old," said Janice Dickinson, the mother of two young girls who have severe food allergies.

Everyday these little girls have to deal with avoiding foods like peanuts, eggs, wheat and milk. All of which are items that are hard to avoid.

"We home cook everything, we don't go out to eat. And that's the only way to deal with them is avoid them," said Dickinson.

And unfortunately in today's world, these food allergies are becoming more common. "Over the last 7-10 years about 18% of individuals showing up with more food allergies and general allergies," said Julie Whitesell, a physicians assistant at Express Care in Cheyenne.

The allergies these little girls have can hurt, or even kill them. "I gave my 5 year old a pistachio to try, i thought she had been tested, it was negative, I didn't check. She was complaining her throat really hurt, her chest hurt, her stomach hurt. We had to go to urgent care to have her looked at. I was afraid it was going to get worse,it can always get worse," said Dickinson.

So if you know anyone who suffers from food allergies coming to your fourth of July BBQ, try to accommodate them because you could be saving their life.

"Just go out and have fun and be aware of what you're eating and what you're putting in your mouth and have a good time," said Whitesell.

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