Peanuts While Pregnant?

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When I was pregnant with my children, I ate a lot of peanut butter sandwiches. I didn’t eat meat so I needed protein, so at least two or three times a week, lunch was PB & J. There has been questions over the year, though, if pregnant women should eat peanuts. Though neither of my daughters is allergic to peanuts, one is allergic to tree nuts and they both are prone to skin allergies. Is this related to my peanut consumption? Continue reading…

Allergy Free Halloween Candy

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It’s only a few days away – the big candy day of Halloween. Many schools will be having Halloween parties and festivals this weekend in addition to trick or treating. Candy will be everywhere. Most of us know what is safe for our allergy kids, but you never know when something new to us will pop up. In a post from a week or so ago, I mentioned a friend calling about Swedish Fish. She is a seasoned allergy mom but was unsure about this candy, so she did just the right thing – she called the number on the back of the candy to make sure it was safe. So if you are not sure – call or refrain from giving it to your child. Continue reading…

Worries Never Cease

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Today I was at my sixth grade daughter’s school with a group of mom’s putting together reward bags for the students who received a certain number of behavior points. The bags were made up of candy that was donated by parents. You can probably imagine that there were plenty of peanuts – Snickers bars, Reece’s cups, and then all of the made in the factories, like M & M’s and other chocolates. Continue reading…

It’s Football Season

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Football season is here, and with it comes tailgating. Tailgating is a huge part of the season, but for those with any number of allergies, it can become a dangerous time. Whether it’s food, ragweed, yellow jackets or smoke, there seems to be plenty of allergens lurking around the tailgate waiting to strike. But there are ways to have a good time and not worry, follow these tips and Go Team! Continue reading…

Retesting For Allergies

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My daughter had a doctor’s appointment today and while we were there, I finally had all of her allergies formed filled out so I could get her medication to school. As this is a doctor we’ve only been seeing a few months, we talked about her allergy.

She asked if we had a current allergist, but I told her we don’t really for a few reasons. We weren’t happy with who we had seen, and since my daughter hasn’t had a reaction in years. We sort of stayed away from the allergists. Her suggestion was to see one again, and if she has grown out of it, we will know and can worry less. Continue reading…

Gluten Free Ideas

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I’ve noticed recently all the people trying to cut out carbs like bread and pasta for weight control reasons, but it made me think of all the people with gluten allergies that simply cannot have the wheat in carbs. So they have had to come up with ideas to substitute for reasons other than weight control, but for health and well being. Here are some good ideas that I like for both reasons, and while foregoing the wheat and gluten filled foods, you are getting extra veggies with many of them, which can only be a good thing. Continue reading…

More on Peanut Policies

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I was conferencing with my daughter’s new third grade teacher the other day. This is not my child who has the nut allergy, by the way, but it is the first time for her that she has had an allergy free class. So basically, it is the first time in my family that there is no need to worry about any type of food allergy. Continue reading…

Ice Cream Festival

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This past Sunday, we spent the afternoon at an ice cream festival. There were probably over 100 different flavors of homemade ice cream, all proceeds benefitting a local charitable organization. One ticket got you all the ice cream you wanted. Continue reading…

School Cafeterias

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Many schools are back in session now, and whether it is your child’s first year of school, or 12th, if he has a food allergy, the cafeteria may be one of your least favorite places. It is important to communicate well about allergies with not only your child, but the cafeteria and the school administration and teachers. Continue reading…

Peanut Free Seats

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Baseball season is still going strong, that great American pastime. And with baseball comes peanuts. Peanuts at the park, shells littering the stands. However, over the past few years, quite a few baseball parks have been going peanut free. It may not be the whole stadium, but there are often sections devoted to being peanut free. Continue reading…

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