My son Tristan is a raving fan of Angry Birds. He had never even played the game (we have since shamelessly given on this), just heard all his friends at pre-school talking about it and so he jumped right in on the fun. He was drawing Angry Birds at school and talking non-stop about the piggies and making all the totally non-annoying sound effects.
So, naturally, when I asked him what kind of party he wanted for his fifth birthday last summer, he jumped up and down shouting ANGRY BIRDS! Me: “What? No, way!!! I NEVER would have guessed. Are you sure?!” Much giggling ensued.
Why not?!!! But we can’t do it without your help!
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A few months back I introduced you to the adorable My Food Allergy Friends book series. Jackie Nevard, the author, was recently telling me about how they’ve been really successful in teaching children about food allergies by reading from her books and discussing the characters during a story time event. I wanted to share her experience with you in hopes that you may be inspired to start a story time event in your area – perhaps it could be at the library, your child’s school, or your child’s extracurricular activities. Any time would be appropriate to help educate more children about the dangers of food allergies. You can use the My Food Allergy Friends books series or another food allergy children’s book. The important thing is just to get out there and teach these brilliant young minds to be aware! Read more
FABlogCon was, well, Fab! The first annual Food Allergy Blogger’s Conference blew me, and absolutely everyone else that I spoke, with away. The only negative is that we have to wait a whole year until we get to reunite in person again. It was beyond humbling to be in a roomful of others who just “get it.” No need to explain the daily stress of parenting a child with multiple food allergies, eczema, and asthma. The 120+ in attendance have the same daily struggles and while I would never wish this kind of stress upon anyone, I was thankful for the unconditional support and simple understanding from everyone at the conference. I’ve been in touch with many of these bloggers for several years now, finally getting to sit down with them and just be together, was phenomenal. Our online community became a tight-knit family during the conference and no momentum was lost as the conference came to a close. Interestingly enough, each day this family just grows stronger as we continue to lift each other up and raise awareness.
There are numerous reviews of the event online, so I’ll just point out a few here. Read more
Today’s guest post is about some of the mild reactions that can present themselves due to a dairy allergy, sensitivity, or intolerance. We know food allergies (an immune response) can be deadly, but mild reactions sometimes go unnoticed and untreated and many times are similar to a more delayed food sensitivity reaction, making it difficult to diagnose a true allergy vs. a sensitivity without a blood test. Allergy testing is a great way to know for sure if your child has a true allergy, but results are often inconclusive and can provide false negatives or false positives. Most the time the only real way to know if you’re dealing with a true allergy is to keep a detailed history of past reactions and to do an in-office food challenge with your allergist or have them help you with an elimination diet. It’s obviously critical to get a proper diagnosis if your child has a severe food allergy, but if your child has more mild reactions to foods, I’m not convinced a true food allergy diagnosis is necessary since allergies and sensitivities can trigger similar mild reactions. Read more
Eczema awareness month continues in November, this time in Canada.
To help support eczema awareness, The Eczema Company will donate $1 from every online order during the month of November to the Eczema Society of Canada. Get to know the society’s director, Amanda, whose children suffer with eczema as well as allergies, through this Q&A post.
The Eczema Society of Canada will be hosting a series of free education sessions across Canada for awareness month. Read more
Have you heard about Namaste Foods? They make pasta meal kits, baking mixes and coating mixes that do NOT contain wheat, gluten, corn, soy, dairy, casein, peanuts or tree nuts. All their products are made in a 100% dedicated gluten and allergen-free facility, owned and operated by Namaste Foods themselves. And all their products are genetically modified (GMO) free. Pretty impressive!
Namaste kindly sent me a couple of products to review. Since my family loves trying new things, we were thrilled. But sending pasta and a cake mix, my kids were over the moon! Read more
I’m excited beyond words. I will be attending the first annual Food Allergy Blogger’s Conference, otherwise known as FAB (which I think is very appropriate because this event is going to be just fabulous!). Thanks to Jenny of Multiple Food Allergy Help for the original idea and the tireless planning she and Homa of Oh Mah Deehness have collaborated on along with many others (you can see the entire list here). Technically this is a conference for bloggers who write about guess what? That’s right, food allergies!! But the conference is open to anyone managing their own or their child’s food allergies. In order to make everyone feel welcome there will be two seminar/workshop tracks – one for blogging and one for advocacy and disease management. I plan to learn as much as I possibly can by alternating between the tracks. Read more