Courtesy Don’t Feed Me
Kym Whitley‘s latest production is definitely a bit of food for thought.
According to the first-time mom, the risks of a child consuming the wrong things is something she knows all too well: Unfamiliar with Joshua’s allergies, his nanny fed him peanut butter, one of the many foods he cannot eat.
“Luckily, I was home,” Whitley tells ABC News. “That’s the thing: I heard that cough that sounded like what we had before he was tested.”
Her brainstorming led her to create a line of Don’t Feed Me shirts — retailing for $10 and available in red, blue, gray and orange — which provide caretakers with a visual aid of a child’s allergies.
Along with the colorful tops, which allow a parent to fill in their child’s name and then check off which foods could cause a reaction, Whitley has also put together similar packs — complete with the ‘Don’t Feed Me’ chart — where EpiPens can be stored.
Proceeds will go toward a college fund for Joshua, who proudly sports the shirts each time he has a new babysitter or attends a birthday party.
And soon fans will get a glimpse into Whitley’s world as she tackles the tough job of parenthood, a journey that began after a young woman she had been mentoring surrendered her newborn son at the hospital with the actress as the only contact.
– Anya Leon