Helping Your Kids Cope with Food Allergy Anxiety: “Not Today, Butterflies!”


Nicole Ondatje — a prominent food allergy advocate for over a decade — has published a new book to help young children understand and cope with the anxieties that come with a diagnosis of food allergy.

She describes the book this way:

Living with a food allergy is challenging! Nine-year-old Quinn experiences several anxiety-provoking food allergy scenarios including her annual visit to the allergist, navigating a play date and a birthday party, being different from her friends, and having to speak up about her food allergies. These experiences generate uncomfortable feelings of butterflies in Quinn’s stomach.

Quinn learns different tools to help manage her anxiety and tame the butterflies. Not Today, Butterflies! A Book About Food Allergy Anxiety provides an engaging and relatable experience for children who are coping with fears and anxiety about their own food allergies. Intended for children ages 4-8 as well as parents and caregivers, this book offers some guidance on identifying signs of food allergy anxiety and helpful ways to teach kids how to manage it.

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Nicole founded S.A.F.E (Supporting Allergic Families through Education) of Boulder County, a community-based organization dedicated to improving the health, safety, and well-being of families with food allergies through increased awareness and education. She has served as a collaborator on an Emergency Medical Services Anaphylaxis Task Force, and as an Allergy & Asthma Network ‘Anaphylaxis Community Expert’ and trainer. Nicole lives in Colorado with her husband and her daughter who is severely allergic to peanuts and pine nuts.

You can learn more about “Not Today, Butterflies” and purchase your copy on Amazon.* (Make’s a great Easter gift for that someone special!)

* is an affiliate of Amazon. We donate 100% of our proceeds — including those received from purchases using the link above — to the Food Allergy Fund.

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