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Gina Clowes

7 Ways to Resolve Food Allergy Issues with Family and Friends

By Gina Clowes

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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Gina Clowes

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

By Gina Clowes

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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Gina Clowes

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

By Gina Clowes

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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Gina Clowes

7 Party Tips for Allergy Safe Celebrations

By Gina Clowes

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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Dr. James R. Baker

FARE’s Dr. Baker: What LEAP Means to the Food Allergy Community

By Dr. James R. Baker

It may be frustrating to change direction on introducing peanut to children, but here’s why it is the right course.  No food allergy studies in the past decade have garnered more news coverage than LEAP and LEAP-On, published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2015 and 2016, respectively. Unfortunately, while generating headlines, these ground-breaking studies have also caused …

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Gina Clowes

Advice on Attending Summer Camps with Food Allergies

By Gina Clowes

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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