Dropping Off Your Allergic Child at Birthday Parties

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The first time my daughter was invited to a birthday party after finding out she had a food allergy brought on many more questions than what to buy the birthday girl. She was 5 at the time, obviously not old enough to be responsible for her Epipen, much less to give herself an injection. Now that she’s 8, she still doesn’t like to even look at her Epipen, but we’ve gotten much more comfortable with parties.
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To Medicate or Not to Medicate: That is the Question on Test Day

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The fall season brings the return of two things to the lives of many of us: school starts and hay fever kicks in. For many allergy sufferers, fall is the worst time for reactions with ragweed causing itchy, watery eyes, sneezing, and congestion. Unlike colds, allergies can stick around until the first frost. You can’t keep your child home from school every day the pollen count is high, so you need to choose whether to send him to school with his symptoms or to medicate, especially on test days.

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How to Talk to Your Child Regarding Allergies

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Certain topics can be challenging when talking about them with children. Take puberty or sex, for instance, or drugs and alcohol, or death. When we do discuss these things with our children, we’re careful to do it in an age appropriate way so they understand without being overwhelmed or afraid. The same is true for discussing allergies.

When my daughter was diagnosed with a food allergy, I, personally, was terrified. I was unsure how much to tell her or how to discuss the severity; she was five at the time. Continue reading…

List of Steps to Get Ready for the New School Year of Your Allergic Child

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It’s the beginning of a new school year. You’ve gotten the lists for school supplies, snacks, even the students in your child’s class. Here is one more list, hopefully a helpful one, to help you and your child with allergies get the school year started off feeling safe. Continue reading…

Epipens at School

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With more and more school age children needing Epipens at school, some controversy has arisen on how best to handle the keeping and the administration of the medication. Most schools have precise polices on medication, where it is to be kept, who can administer it and the transporting of it. It is important for you to know where your school stands on these policies and even more important that you are comfortable with it and to know what you can do if you’re not. Continue reading…

Writing Letters to School Regarding Your Child’s Allergy

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Your child has an allergy. Perhaps it’s just been diagnosed or you’ve known since early on, but a new school year is about to start and you need to inform the teachers and staff about the allergy. A good way of doing this is through informative letter addressed to all school personnel working with your child, including teachers, principals, school nurse and cafeteria workers. But what are the major points you need to cover? Continue reading…

Managing Babies’ Milk allergies

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One of the most disheartening situations that parents have to go through is managing their child’s milk allergies.

A milk allergy is an allergy to certain proteins in milk. The two allergenic milk proteins are casein (curd that forms when milk is left to go sour) and whey (the liquid fraction left after the curd is removed). Continue reading…

Preventing Allergies in Children

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Once parents can pinpoint what foods or substances cause their child’s allergies, prevention will be easier, although challenging, to manage.

Preventing Food Allergies

Cow’s milk protein is the key culprit in food allergies in children. Continue reading…

Infant Allergy

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A baby’s crying bouts can cause feelings of distress and helplessness on the part of the parents. Although crying is normal for babies, there is no reason to feel concerned unless the crying carries on for hours, and the baby is clearly having a difficult time. This is when parents should start to worry. Continue reading…

Peanut Allergy in Children – a Cause of Concern

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Eating is supposed to be fun for children, but if they experience life-threatening allergic reactions to certain foods, then it’s another story.


A child’s immune system is generally underdeveloped until after the age of three or four. Until then, children are susceptible to allergic reactions to unknown foods. Normally, reactions could be mild to moderate such as rashes, nasal congestion, wheezing, and diarrhea, occurring right after eating. Continue reading…