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Sunday
Nov092014

'Food Allergy Roundtable' Refreshes Food Allergy Families 

Papoose Publishing LLC releases award winning author A. Anderson's new book, 'Food Allergy Roundtable.' This innovative electronic guide helps parents and support group leaders win the day-to-day war supporting food allergic children.

Southbury, CT (PRWEB) November 05, 2014

 

Saturday
Oct182014

Food Allergy Research

Perhaps there is hope!  The National Institutes of Health granted $2.2 million to research food allergy triggers and possibly a way to eliminate allergies!  This was announced in October 2014. 

"Benaroya Research Institute receives $2.2 million to discover biomarker that triggers allergies."  Erik Wambre, PhD states, "If we can identify the biomarkers at the beginning of the allergic chain reaction we can get ahead of the symptoms and try to find a therapy that will eliminate the allergy at the first step."1

Let's keep our fingers crossed.

 

1 "Benaroya Research Institute receives $2.2 million to discover biomarker that triggers allergies"

Wednesday
Oct012014

Baked Milk Challenge Test

Yesterday we were to have a challenge test of eating baked milk in a muffin.  We were disappointed, at least I was, not to complete the actual eating of the muffin because the skin prick with the muffin was large enough to stop the test.  The doctor and my son decided that we would try again in six months.  I was outvoted.  I’ve been crabby the rest of the day—disappointed, frustrated and worried.

After a bit more reading, I learned that now most kids outgrow their dairy allergy by age 16.  I’ve also learned that baked milk consumption can improve the odds and can accelerate the outgrowing of the dairy allergy.  So I will put my worn-out, old, invisable “patience” hat back on and wait for the next opportunity to try again. 

Normally I can carry on with my day-to-day activities without giving much thought to my eleven year-old’s allergies.  But these visits to the allergist really stir up that pot for me.  It is so draining emotionally.  So many worries about kids and this just adds another big ingredient to that list with which parents must contend.

Sunday
Aug102014

Starting School

Whether starting pre-school or kindergarten, it can be an alarming event for any parent.  For parents of young children with food allergies it can be a very frightening experience as well.  After all, it seems like just after the child has learned his or her first few steps or words, we parents, now have to contend with the fact that there are imminent dangers in our world where otherwise we might have been safe from seemingly distant dangerous, worldly events. 

There are things that we can do to help ensure our beloved children are safer in pre-school and kindergarten.  Here are some items to address prior to the event:

  • Contact the teachers and discuss the allergies;
  • Contact the on-site nurse and ensure she or he understands the severity and your expectations;
  • Provide all of the paperwork, authorizations from doctors and medications;
  • Ensure the medications do not expire until June of 2015;
  • Talk to your child about your expectations for their behaviors, i.e. they cannot share other children’s food or drinks; and
  • Talk to other parents in your area about their experiences—this can help you understand which establishments are more aware and trustworthy as well as whether there are any support groups that you can join which may help you plan and understand how to deal with all of the various issues related to raising a child with food allergies.

Also, download or order Flourishing with Food Allergies, which contains interviews and information from professionals on these issues are more.  

Saturday
Jun212014

Allergy Definition

What is an allergy?  To my generation and my parents' generation it basically meant a runny nose.  But over the past forty years, a lot has changed.  There can be much frustration in trying to explain the seriousness of a true allergy to adults and grandparents for this reason.  To exacerbate the problem, there is no good way to prove the point.  In other words, one cannot show another person or grandparent what a reaction looks like because it is simply too dangerous. 

Here are a few definitions that likely contribute to the misunderstanding of serious food allergies: "A damaging immune response by the body to a substance, especially pollen, fur, a particular food, or dust, to which it has become hypersensitive." Or, "An allergy is a hypersensitivity disorder of the immune system. Symptoms include red eyes, itchiness, and runny nose, eczema, hives, or an asthma attack."

Instead, I'd recommend explaining a real food allergy--one that can result in anaphylaxis--as a "serious allergy" or an "anaphylactic allergy."  Then if someone asks what is meant by serious or anaphylactic, part of this definition from WebMD can be provided, "Anaphylaxis is a sudden, severe allergic reaction. It's a medical emergency.  Most people with allergies never have anaphylaxis. But when it happens, it works like this:  Within minutes or hours of being exposed to your allergy trigger, your body starts a chain reaction that temporarily widens your blood vessels, which can lower your blood pressure. You may pass out. You may get hives and swelling, especially around your face and throat. You may have trouble breathing, talking, or swallowing."

Part of our responsibility as parents or people with serious allergies is to educate others.  We can't give up.  Thank you.

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http://www.webmd.com/allergies/understanding-anaphylaxis-basics