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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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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 the past 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 […]

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Spring 2015 – U.S. Edition

To subscribe to the American edition of Allergic Living, click here. To subscribe to the Canadian edition of Allergic Living, click here. Hay Fever Handbook: Our comprehensive guide has the tips and treatment options to let you reclaim spring. Pollen Tablets: Are under-the tongue (SLIT) pollen tablets for you? Adult Allergies: When food allergies arrive in adulthood, life as you know it […]

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Clawson Finds New Footing Following ‘Joke’ About Shooting Allergic Children

Board members and staff recently received educational training from FARE, one of the positive outcomes following the controversy.

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Winter 2015 – U.S. Edition

To subscribe to the American edition of Allergic Living, click here. To subscribe to the Canadian edition of Allergic Living, click here. New Year, New Allergy Attitude: Start 2015 off right by learning how to talk the most effective allergy talk.  Holiday Gift Guide: Sensational shopping ideas for the allergic and gluten-free ones on your list this year. Renovating Your GF […]

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7 Mistakes to Avoid When Advocating at a 504 Meeting

Allergy advocate Gina Clowes offers advice on how to successfully negotiate a 504 plan to ensure that your child stays allergy safe at school.

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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. 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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Food Allergy: 5 Steps to Get From Horrified to Hopeful

“Your son has more than a dozen food allergies. Some are life-threatening.” It has been nine years since I heard those disturbing words, uttered by one of the country’s leading pediatric allergists. In an instant, my life changed. Thoughts of every upcoming birthday, vacation and holiday flashed before me as impossible dreams. I had no idea howl could make a life for a little boy […]

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After Anaphylaxis

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

A settlement quietly reached between Lesley University in Massachusetts and the Department of Justice in December 2012 was big news, with monumental implications. The agreement has laid 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 […]

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