Archive | April, 2012

Dining Out With Food Allergies

29 Apr

Dining Out With Food Allergies

If you have a food allergy, you understand how stressful eating in a restaurant can be. Uninformed servers, a mix-up with your order, or cross-contamination in the kitchen can turn an evening out into a trip to the emergency room.

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Boy Tries To Harm Step-Mom By Causing Peanut Allergy Reaction

24 Apr


A 12-year-old boy tried to hurt his new step-mom by hiding peanuts in her toothpaste, knowing that she had a severe allergy to peanuts. According to the Courier News, a court has been told that the “attention seeking” boy, who is now 14, tried to trigger a life-threatening allergic reaction between February 1st and March 12th, 2010

Food Allergy and Field Trips: How to Keep Kids Safe

23 Apr

via the Nut-free Mom blog.

Field trips for kids with food allegies can be a real concern for parents. Visit Jenny’s post here.

I’ve chaperoned many field trips over the years and I’ve learned a lot about avoiding potential food allergy field trip pitfalls. Even if you can’t personally attend the field trip, you can still take steps to create a safer experience.


Have your child eat lunch in view of the teacher. Many allergic kids will get an “honor spot” next to or near to the teacher at lunchtime so that the teacher can easily keep an eye on them.

Young Adults May Not Be Outgrowing Food Allergies As Expected

22 Apr

Young Adults May Not Be Outgrowing Food Allergies As Expected.

A leading immunologist recently warned that young adults are increasingly carrying into adulthood food allergies that earlier generations outgrew as children. Dr. Richard Loh, a pediatric immunologist, says that adult allergy specialists are about to be swamped by rising number of adults living with food allergies that they never outgrew.


Study Uncovers Link Between Peanut Oil in Baby Lotion and Peanut Allergies

15 Apr

Study Uncovers Link Between Peanut Oil in Baby Lotion and Peanut Allergies.

Among the many discoveries to arise from the wealth of data collected was the association between peanut oil in baby lotion and the rise of peanut allergies.

The Tragedy of Peanut Allergy Anaphylaxis

8 Apr

via allergicchild

This month’s main article will touch many hearts. Dee Benson, mom to Laura, lost her beautiful 18 year old daughter to peanut-induced anaphylaxis in 2004. She’s never told Laura’s story and wanted to tell all of you about her. It’s heart-wrenching to realize that we really do deal with life and death when managing food allergies.

Interview: Alison DiBiasio of Allergy Essentials USA

6 Apr

Interview: Alison DiBiasio of Allergy Essentials USA.

Alison DiBiasio is the creator of the Epissentials auto-injector holder, winner of the 2012 Reader’s Choice Award for Best Auto-Injector Case.

The Nut-Free Mom Blog: Food Allergy Memoir: “Feeding Eden” by Susan Weissman

6 Apr

The Nut-Free Mom Blog: Food Allergy Memoir: “Feeding Eden” by Susan Weissman.

Feeding Eden,” by Susan Weissman is a new memoir that speaks to the heart of what it means to parent a child with severe food allergies, everything from finding safe foods to exploring medical care, and ultimately, learning to live with your new normal. 

So much in this book is validating for the food allergy parent, who is often ridiculed or taken to task for their cautious approach to what others think of as harmless activities. Says Weissman in her book, “When I break from routine, there is always a risk particular to Eden. Whether I hire a new baby-sitter, purchase a new brand of tortillas, or plan a family day trip by ferry, I chance the unforeseeable.” Well said and truly understood only by another parent facing food allergies. 

New Research Offers Insight Into Why Peanut Allergies Develop

6 Apr

New Research Offers Insight Into Why Peanut Allergies Develop.


A study funded by the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (or FAAN) recently uncovered potential clues to why peanut allergies develop in some children, but not others. Researchers are trying to answer this question in order to learn how to prevent peanut allergies from occurring in the first place.

Researchers at the Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, St. Thomas’ Hospital in London, looked at the blood cells of children with peanut allergy and compared them to children who are not allergic to peanuts. They keyed in on the immune cells that respond to the peanut allergen, and learned that these lymphocytes appear to carry a surface marker – an “address” offering clues about where the peanut allergen was first encountered. They found different markers depending on whether the exposure occurred through the skin (environmental exposure) or through the gut, and learned that the marker for skin was associated with a peanut allergy diagnosis.

get allergy wise: Disneyland: Our Food Allergy Experience

3 Apr

get allergy wise: Disneyland: Our Food Allergy Experience.

read about a families recent experience with a trip to Disneyland.

Because I hadn’t planned in time to make the 14 day advance special accommodations for multiple food allergies, uncommon food allergies, or multiple guests with food allergies, I decided to accept their other option and just book reservations through their reservation hotline, have the allergies noted on the reservation tickets, and speak to the chefs when we arrived at the restaurants.