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I will never forget the day my son had his first allergic reaction to food.  He was only 6 months old and I had just started feeding him baby food.  It upset his stomach and he threw up multiple times that day.  Instead of running a pin prick allergy test the doctor suggested that we try an elimination diet to figure out what food caused the reaction. It turned out bananas was triggering him to throw up.  For us, the simple solution was to avoid bananas.  He was a happy and healthy baby for a couple more months, until he started getting this mysterious rash.

Again we tried an elimination diet and discovered that he had to avoid several different foods to prevent the rash.  The good news is that today at age 8, he has outgrown all but one of his food allergies and he is a happy and healthy bit boy.  Not all youngsters are as fortunate as my son.  Some children live with multiple food allergies for the rest of their lives.

If you have a young child with food allergies there is a great book that can help you teach your child about his allergies, and let him know that he is not alone.  “BLUE the monkey who was allergic to bananas,” written by Katia Dabdoub Hechema and illustrated by Oswald Iten, is a beautiful story about a howler monkey named Blue and how he learns to cope with his food allergy to bananas.

Parents and instructors can use this book as a great tool to prepare youngsters for allergy tests, or to just educate them about food allergies.  I love the vibrant illustrations and the positive story in the book.  It is suggested for children ages 2-8.  You can purchase “BLUE the monkey who was allergic to bananas,”
on or anywhere books are sold. For more information about Blue the Monkey visit

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*Disclosure: I received a copy of the book, “BLUE the monkey who was allergic to bananas,” in exchange for this review. All opinions are accurate and 100% mine.

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