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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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…

Get Ready for the New School Year of Your Allergic Child

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I hate to think it, but summer is on its way out. It seems I was just blogging about the beginning of summer and enjoying those first days of no alarm clock. Well, school is just around the corner and that means many things. For those of us with kids with allergies, one of the things it means is a place where we can’t monitor everything they do or come into contact with. But there is a lot we can do, beginning with letting all those who deal with our children be aware of their allergies.
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Writing Letters to School and Camp 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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Symptoms

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.

Causes

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…