Drs: Sarah Jessica Parker Son’s Severe Allergy & Health Secrets

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The Doctors: Sarah Jessica Parker Anaphylaxis Campaign

Drs: Sarah Jessica Parker Son's Severe Allergy & Health Secrets

Sarah Jessica Parker sat down with Dr Travis Stork to talk about her son’s life-threatening allergy and secrets to staying healthy and happy. (shankbone / Flickr)

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Sarah Jessica Parker may be best known as Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City, but she’s also a producer, fashion designer, and mother of three children with husband Matthew Broderick. Dr Travis Stork had the opportunity to sit down with Sarah to talk about the day she almost lost her son.

Sarah got involved in the Anaphylaxis for Reel campaign because she has a 13-year-old son, James, who has a severe life-threatening allergy. He was diagnosed many years ago with a severe peanut allergy, and according to Sarah, his condition has become a “minute-by-minute, second-by-second” part of their lives.

The Doctors: Sarah Jessica Parker, James Wilkie Peanut Allergy

Because of the severity of his condition, she knows all-too-well about the small window of opportunity in which you have to know what to do to help someone with a life-threatening allergy. Dr Stork wanted everyone to know that an allergy is a very serious thing, given that someone can die very quickly if exposed to certain allergens.

Sarah explained that the first time James had a reaction, “for better or worse” she wasn’t home. They had a babysitter who is still with them, who made all the right and calm decisions for James. She called to tell Sarah that she had given James some cold, leftover sesame noodles, which have a sauce that contains a high concentrated amount of peanuts. She didn’t know for sure if that’s what he was reacting to, but the babysitter knew that Sarah hadn’t yet introduced him to peanuts.

The babysitter noticed James’ breathing was labored and his mouth was swollen, so she used her fingers to open up James’ mouth and look at his throat. When she saw his throat was closing, she “tucked him under her arm like a football” and ran him to the pediatrician where they were able to treat him.

The next day, Matthew and Sarah took James to a pediatric allergist where he was diagnosed with a severe peanut allergy and a less severe hazelnut allergy. Since then, they’ve been anything but casual about James leaving the house with everything he needs. She shared that she didn’t mind being annoying or telling others to be mindful of his allergy. James has two epinephrine auto-injectors that he always has with him. Sarah understood that the diagnosis is scary, but said it doesn’t have to control your life. If parents have a plan in place, everything should be okay.

The Doctors: Sarah Jessica Parker Health Secrets

Dr Stork then asked Sarah Jessica Parker about her health and beauty secrets. Sarah shared that because she lives in the city she walks a lot, and that’s about all the exercise she has time for. But she also lives in a house with about 4-5 flights of stairs and wears a FitBit, hoping to get to 10,000 steps each day. She also loves to swim and kayak in the summer. She was slightly concerned with bone density, but Dr Stork shared that walking was definitely good!

As for Sarah’s go-to food, she absolutely loves almond milk. She said she can’t decide if it’s a meal or dessert or thin and refreshing or thick like a milkshake. She joked that it’s the “gift that keeps on giving” before shared that she also loves artichoke hearts, hearts of palm, salami, and Tootsie Rolls and York Peppermint Patties. She also shared that her daughters eat close to three whole avocados a day, each! Dr Stork is a fan of avocado himself so he was pretty happy to hear that!

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