Food Dye Allergies

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You think that there is something that is causing your child an allergic reaction, yet you can’t figure out what it is. He is able to eat nuts and peanuts; eggs don’t bother him, nor does wheat or shellfish. Even milk is agreeable to him. So what could it be? Did you ever consider that the dyes in food could be causing your child allergies? If not, you may want to think about this one. Continue reading…

Two Food Alerts Webpages to Add to Your Favorites

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As I do my weekly news round up each week, I try to include the latest recalls and safety alerts on foods. It’s a bit of a frightening thing to know that manufacturers do mess up and even if we diligently check labels, we can still find ourselves in trouble. The news often catches and reports on the recalls, but if you are like many of us, you don’t always keep up with the news. Therefore, I’d like to share these two websites with you that seem to keep the most up to date information on food recalls. Continue reading…

Elimination Diet for Food Allergies

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The elimination diet is all the rage now, for anyone who needs to “cleanse” their bodies of unwanted toxins, for anyone who wants to lose a few quick pounds or someone who needs to make up for their holiday binges. While these reasons may be questionable, the elimination diet may be a viable option for someone trying to diagnose a mysterious food allergy. Continue reading…

Protecting a Child from Allergens Isn’t an Easy Task

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As I was walking into our elementary school right before Halloween, I was with another mom going to her child’s class as well. We were both going for “Fall Centers” as I guess they don’t like to distinguish them as Halloween parties anymore for fear of offending someone. More to the point, the other mom expressed her concern, and I think wonder, at all the children in her daughter’s class with some sort of allergy. I believe she said there were two children with peanut allergies and one with milk allergies. Continue reading…

Another Allergen-free Thanksgiving Recipe

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As it is the week of Thanksgiving, I’d like to share with you another recipe. It uses two ingredients which showcase the holiday, pumpkin and cranberry and is also free of most of the major allergens. It is dairy and nut free, and you can substitute the flour to meet your needs as well as use an egg substitute. Continue reading…

Grocery Shopping for Food Allergic Might be Easier with Miss Roben’s

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Shopping in your mainstream grocery store for someone with a food allergy has gotten easier over the past few years, but it still can be confusing. Bakeries share equipment, items can be in odd places, managers may not be fully aware of all allergies. You’ve also got your natural and health food stores, but those can be challenging, too. There is still a possibility of cross contamination due to handling and in house preparation, and while there may be a lot of wheat or gluten free products, nuts are a major player in health food stores. And then there is Miss Roben’s. Continue reading…

Teaching Your Children to Avoid Cross Contamination

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After writing the last piece on avoiding cross contamination, I realized that we are not always with our children to look out for them and their allergies. From the time we diagnose their allergy to college, to probably always, we will worry about them and their allergies. If we teach them the skills early on (as in all aspects of life) we can feel more confident that they will make the right choices and stay safe when they are on their own. Continue reading…

Avoiding Cross Contamination of Foods

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Once when bringing cupcakes to one of my daughter’s classes, a friend whose daughter had a peanut allergy inquired about them. She asked, of course, if they were peanut free, then she asked if we used a lot peanut products in our home. She asked this for fear of cross contamination, the same reason some of us avoid foods that have been processed on shared equipment or in plants that process certain high allergy foods. With packaged foods, it may be a little easier due to labeling standards, but when dining in restaurants or with friends, it may be a little more difficult to be worry free. Continue reading…

Kid Talk: How Kids Describe Food Allergy Symptoms

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We hear a lot about the symptoms of food allergies and the terms like anaphylaxis, hypersensitivities, and systemic reactions. Well, we might know what these mean (or maybe not), but do our children? We try to teach our children with food allergies about their allergy from a very young age in order to keep them safe. But in turn, we need to learn from them to keep them safe as well. They have a whole different language they may use in order to express their symptoms. Continue reading…

Milk Allergy Symptoms and Milk Substitutes

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With milk allergies, you can get all of the “traditional” food allergy symptoms, like hives, stomach distress and even anaphylaxis, but you can also suffer from a number of other symptoms. Along with pinpointing the symptoms and identifying the allergy, it’s important to learn good alternatives to milk as well so as not to suffer any nutritional deficits. Continue reading…

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