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7 Ways to Resolve Food Allergy Issues with Family and Friends

The diagnosis of a family member with food allergies doesn’t happen in a vacuum. If relationships are strong and communication is open, the adjustment period is minimal. But when relationships are already strained, it can take longer for the dust to settle. Working through these issues is worth it, though. And for children with food […]

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7 Tips to Help You Let Go of Food Allergy Fears & Anxiety

It’s time to warm up to the idea of experiencing life with food allergies. My friend Melanie* was traumatized by her son Nick’s reaction to a peanut butter cookie at 18 months. Although the allergist never recommended it, they completely avoided activities like birthday parties, football games and visiting relatives. Melanie even hired a sitter when she went to the grocery store […]

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Prepare to Meet the School on Allergy Needs – In 10 Easy Steps

Before a school meeting on allergy accommodations, do your research — and plan how you’ll win them over. Have you ever watched Food Network chefs and wondered why it seems so easy and fun when they’re preparing a complex dish? The reason is that you are only seeing the very last step of the process: the actual cooking. We don’t see all the […]

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7 Party Tips for Allergy Safe Celebrations

Visions of balloons, big smiles and a brief respite bless the minds of many parents when a birthday party invitation arrives. But if your child has food allergies, that invitation may look more like a warning notice that the countdown of calling, planning, cooking and baking has officially begun. For years, I dreaded those invitations, convinced that I had to make everything perfect […]

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Advice on Attending Summer Camps with Food Allergies

Follow these tips to suss out safe adventures for your allergic child. From daytime activities to sleepaway journeys, summer camp can create lifelong memories and give parents a brief respite. Of course, adequate planning is essential when food allergies are on the table, but sometimes simple observation and a mother’s intuition play an even bigger part in assessing the safety of a situation. […]

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Finding the Positive Side of Food Allergies

They say when the student is ready, the teacher will appear. Little did I know that my continuing education would happen at a local coffee shop with my new friend, Lisa*. We met at a seminar for parents of children with disabilities and instantly clicked. But this was the first opportunity I’d had to hear her family’s full story. As we […]

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Tips for a Safe and Allergy-Friendly Vacation

It was the most memorable meal of my life. My son Daniel’s eyes lit up as the Disneyland chef presented him with a plate piled high with allergen-free Mickey Mouse waffles. Like icing on a very special cake, the stack was dolloped with dairy-free whipped cream and served with a tall glass of rice milk. Daniel was in heaven, a 3-year-old out enjoying […]

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7 Parenting Tips for Handling Teen Food Allergy Management

It’s not easy to hand over food allergy management to your moody, eye-rolling teenager. Here’s some crucial advice for the transition. My mind raced when I spied white residue on the living room coffee table where our teenager plays video games. Were my food allergy concerns about to be trumped by substance abuse? Bracing for the worst, I picked up a crumpled brown bag […]

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Food Labels: Required Reading With Food Allergies or Celiac Disease

In the confusing landscape of food labels, assumptions are risky but knowledge is power. Every day for a month, my son reiterated his discomfort – “My stomach hurts, Mom.” Finally, I identified the culprit. The dairy-free margarine we had used for years was now listing one of his allergens as an ingredient: pea protein. We stopped using the product immediately and the […]

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Exclude the Treats, Not the Allergic Child, at School

Birthday cupcakes, pizza parties, candy rewards and holiday celebrations. Not a week goes by without some kind of edible treat in the classroom.

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