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November 15, 2017

This may be the most important post I ever write.  Epinephrine is a life-saving medication, period.  While the thought of using an epinephrine auto injector is incredibly intimidating to most people, including those with allergies and those without, the truth is it doesn't need to be. Each year, millions of people take CPR classes and learn life-saving strategies for managing emergencies like choking, and this k...

October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween!  Sweet little ghosts and goblins everywhere will hit the streets for some trick-or-treating fun this week. As a food allergy mom, I have always respected the fact that each food allergy family must decide for themselves how to handle this night - it's a very personal decision. For me, I always felt that if I could make Halloween safe for my boys, I wanted them to have the experience of dressing up and trick-or...

October 17, 2017

There are countless things that make the fall holiday season fun, especially for our school-aged kids. All of the field trips, festivals and class parties that encompass the months of October through December make these some of the most festive moments of the entire school year.  But, for children with food allergies, all this celebrating gets a little complicated... because food is almost always invited to the party. The...

October 11, 2017

When it comes to life with food allergies, I am passionate about so many things.  But, on the very top of the list is the importance of finding the right allergist to walk with you through your food allergy journey.  It's so interesting because when I talk with other food allergy parents, a majority of them have either not been to an allergist at all because don't think it's necessary, or they have had a bad experien...

October 4, 2017

You've seen it these past few weeks... In the midst of jack-o-lanterns, witches and goblins, a very non-traditional color is peeking out from the spookiest of store shelves. Yep, teal is taking over! If you're like most people, you're probably wondering if all the teal pumpkins you're seeing are just a new decorating trend, but the story behind it is so much bigger than that. It all started with an incredibly clever food aller...

September 29, 2017

This is a tough one - traveling may be one of the most difficult things any food allergy family must navigate.  While extreme levels of planning are second nature and a daily practice for food allergy parents, the degree of preparation necessary increases by leaps and bounds when taking the family on the road.  And, I'll be honest: we don't totally have this one down. As with anything, we've learned much through trial and erro...

September 18, 2017

Birthday parties are such a fun part of childhood... and it was one of my biggest concerns when my oldest son was first diagnosed with his allergies. How was this going to work when he certainly wasn't going to be able to eat the birthday cake and probably much else that was being served at the party? How could I make him feel truly included and a part of the fun with these variables floating around?  Well, I'm here to tell yo...

September 5, 2017

The playdate: a rite of passage for any preschool or elementary school-aged child, but a real source of anxiety for many food allergy families. I absolutely love when my kids meet new friends and want to spend more time with them outside of school. I also really enjoy meeting new moms. But, my stomach flip-flops every time I have to open the proverbial food allergy "can of worms" for the first time with the parent of one of my...

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