Detecting Allergies in Children

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I recently wrote about detecting allergies in infants and toddlers, however, not all allergies are diagnosed or even suspected at that young age. My daughter wasn’t diagnosed with her tree nut allergy until late in her kindergarten year, though she had had a few episodes of hives and vomiting incidents that we connected to the allergy. Continue reading…

Off To College With Allergies

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This year we experienced our first graduation. A good family friend’s son graduated high school this year and will be off to college in the fall. Though he does not have allergies, his mom and I were talking and the subject of contact lenses and medication did come up, which made me think of not allergy medication, but allergies themselves and going off to college. Continue reading…

Homeopathic Remedies For Allergy Treatment

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I’ve often written on some alternative treatments for allergies, including foods, like those filled with Quercetin and Vitamin C. I recently came across another article that lists some other things that can help with allergies and reiterates some of the homeopathic benefits as opposed to decongestants, expectorants and antihistamines. Continue reading…

A Letter for Camp

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Many of you are getting ready to send your children off to camp, whether it is for a sleep away camp or a day camp, and those of with kids with allergy have just one more thing to worry about. I have found that it never hurts to write a letter with specifics regarding kids medical conditions, whether it is allergies, asthma, whatever, in addition to filling out all of the camp forms. You can then send it to multiple people at camp, including counselors, directors and medical staff to insure the information is well known and your child taken care of. If it is sleep away camp, you would also want to include the kitchen staff. It’s very similar to what you’d do at school, giving it to the teacher, administrators, lunch staff and nurse. Continue reading…

Time To Say Thank You

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The end of the school year is quickly approaching us, and amidst all of the field days and parties and end of the year events, we need to remember to say Thank You to all the teachers, staff and nurses who have made our children’s school year a  little safer. Continue reading…

Allergy Free Easter

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It struck me the other day that Easter is right around the corner. Stores are full of bright candy, baskets and bunnies. But what to do if your child is allergic to milk or nuts or peanut butter, things often found in chocolate. Even depending on the severity of the allergy, your child may have to stay away from candy that’s made in a factory with those things even if the candy does not contain any due to risk of cross contamination. And no one wants an allergy episode on Easter. But, just like anything else, you can work around it. Just be creative! Continue reading…

iPod Allergy Apps

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The other night I was searching for some new iPod apps, and I searched “allergies.” I guess it’s no surprise considering what’s out there, but you wouldn’t believe how many allergy apps showed up, and here are just some of them: Continue reading…

Doctors and Allergies

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We had an interesting morning today. It was my younger one’s (not the food allergy one) well check up. We had the appointment set and confirmed, I checked her out of school and off we went. We get to the pediatrician’s office where we have been going for over 10 years and they tell us, “Sorry, we don’t take your insurance anymore.” Continue reading…

Valentine Treats

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When most of us think of Valentine’s Day we either think of flowers or chocolate (I tend towards the chocolate). But with nut allergies, peanut or tree nut, it can get tricky. Even if the chocolate has no nuts in it, there’s always the cross contamination and trace factor. Nobody wants their Valentine to end up with a food allergic reaction! Here are some other options if you have to forego the chocolate: Continue reading…

Baby Allergies

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Last evening I was with some friends and of course, talk turned to babies and children, allergies and asthma. It still amazes me how many children are diagnosed with allergies of one type or another and how many are diagnosed with asthma. But how do you know? How do you know when to take your child to the allergist? What symptoms would he be displaying and what should you watch for? I currently have one friend with a baby undergoing food allergy testing and another friend with a 4 year old undergoing preliminary asthma testing – yikes! Continue reading…

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