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Alice Bast

Never Too Early to Start Educating Kids

By Alice Bast

From grocery games to toy food parties and tending the garden, nurture your child’s gluten-free awareness. The gluten-free diet is confusing for anyone of any age. So it’s tempting to spare your child the details. Instead, you choose her food. You talk to her teachers. You grill the server. While the precautions are both necessary …

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Gina Clowes

Fun Doesn’t Need Food: Excluding the Treats not the Child

By Gina Clowes

Birthday cupcakes, pizza parties, candy rewards and holiday celebrations. Not a week goes by without some kind of edible treat in the classroom. For some, the solution is the “safe snack box”, a stash of safe snacks that parents of an allergic child will provide for times when unsafe food is served in the classroom. I’ve never been a fan. At my house, if we have …

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Gina Clowes

After Anaphylaxis

By Gina Clowes

Emotional wounds heal like physical ones when given the proper time and attention. That candy made my mouth feel funny,” said my 6-year old, Daniel. With a look of worry, he handed me the wrapper from a mini package of chewy candies. The next 15 minutes were a blur as I injected him with epinephrine and we sped to the emergency room …

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Alice Bast

Sibling Blues and Celiac Disease

By Alice Bast

When the focus turns to one child’s celiac diagnosis, brothers and sisters can suffer feelings of neglect. Your child needs support. I’m not talking about the one who has celiac disease. I’m referring to the other child, the one who doesn’t have to worry about gluten. I recently spoke with my friend Dr. Ritu Verma, a pediatric gastroenterologist at our …

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Gwen Smith

Food Allergy Awareness 2013: There’s Much Work to Do

By Gwen Smith

Food Allergy Awareness Week is a great time to take stock. We have come so far in the last decade on food allergy awareness. It’s now common for schools to make food allergy accommodations to protect at-risk kids, while colleges in the United States are also moving in that direction (following a key ADA decision), …

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Gina Clowes

Lesley U. Decision: A Victory for Allergy, Celiac Access

By Gina Clowes

A settlement quietly reached between Lesley University in Massachusetts and the Department of Justice is big news, with monumental implications. The agreement lays the foundation for establishing the rights of Americans with food allergy and celiac disease. Here’s how the settlement came about. A number of students initiated a lawsuit against Lesley University because its …

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Gina Clowes

Allergy Moms: Let’s Resolve to Stress Less and Schedule in Real Life

By Gina Clowes

The new year’s arrival gives us the perfect opportunity to create a life that we love. Our kids only grow up once, and as overwhelming as food allergies can be, we don’t want their whole lives to revolve around their medical condition. To find room in life for the things that really matter, we often …

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