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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

Tips for a Safe and Allergy-Friendly Vacation

By Gina Clowes

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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Gina Clowes

7 Parenting Tips for Handling Teen Food Allergy Management

By Gina Clowes

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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Gwen Smith

Sabrina’s Law Turns 10 Years Old

By Gwen Smith

It was the food allergy law that became famous across North America, and the hope born from tragedy. Ten years ago this month – May 16, 2005 – a legislative bill to accommodate students at risk of anaphylaxis in their schools in the province of Ontario was put to a final vote. As parents and …

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Gina Clowes

Exclude the Treats, Not the Allergic Child at School

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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