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Last Halloween was my daughter’s first big holiday since being diagnosed with a chocolate allergy. I was more than a little nervous about her school parties, expecting a call from the nurse at any moment. Thankfully, she navigated the events (with the help of her terrific teacher) without incident, and our trick-or-treating went off without a hitch as well.
Much of this is due to the fact that Julia, then 6, was already well aware of her allergy and comfortable self-advocating. She always asks whether foods have chocolate in them and takes the extra step to explain that it’s an important question, as she is allergic. Of course, that’s all well and good when a child self-advocates this way. But many children do not or cannot, which can make Halloween more than a little intimidating for their parents.
It's July, and for most of the country, that means we are not remotely done with swimming weather. By this time of the year, the standard social media articles have made the rounds, reminding us all to wear sunscreen, stay hydrated, and take breaks from the heat. Some other great tips have surfaced recently, though, so today, we're lising our Top 5 Summer Tips of 2014.
This Friday is the 4th of July, and throughout the US, that means BBQs, picnics, sun, swimming, fireworks, and so much more. It's a day of recreation and relaxation, and it's a time to celebrate with family and friends. Of course, all of that celebrating can get out of hand quickly. But a little preparation and some safety savvy can help everyone have more fun while staying safe.
If you're like the majority of Americans, you've likely made (and maybe even broken) some New Year's Resolutions & Goals for 2014. Eating better is one of the most common resolutions people make. But there's just so much information and so many options out there that choosing a "diet" or deciding what way of eating will not only be better for you but also feasible for you to stick with can be overwhelming. We're not nutritionists here at Lauren's Hope medical ID bracelets, but we've done some leg work to help you get started figuring out your options. Just because it's January 10th doesn't make it too late to set some better eating goals for the new year!
I woke up yesterday to my six-year-old saying, "Mommy!! It's December!! Yesterday, it was November, but now it's December!" Kids seem infinitely excited about the passing of seasons. Adults, though, we seem consistently surprised. How often do you hear some version of, "Can you believe it's December already?! Where did the year go?" Time just flies by, each year somehow faster than the last. So, knowing this, I'm thinking even though it's the first week of December, it's time to talk about New Year's Resolutions!
Lately, we've talked a bit here on the Lauren's Hope blog about creating an allergy-friendly or chocolate-free Halloween: wearing medical alert jewelry while trick-or-treating, talking with teachers and caregivers, planning special food and non-food treats, and so on. For kids with food allergies, epilepsy, type one diabetes, special needs, and chronic health conditions, there are a lot of considerations this time of year, however, there are lots of things we can also do to keep everyone -- those with medical conditions and not -- safe this Halloween.
Halloween is a fun time, filled with treats and crafts and excitement. For adults and children with chronic conditions such as food allergies, type one diabetes, autism, or epilepsy, however, Halloween is sometimes a little scary, and not in the fun way. Protecting our kids and ourselves from the very real dangers of this fun season can be a real challenge, which means planning ahead is essential.
Several months ago, as I was driving to work, I came over a small hill in a light morning rain to see a small truck, steam pouring from the engine, crushed around a telephone pole in a ditch. I pulled up several yards past the accident scene and over to the side of the road, putting on my hazard lights and grabbing my cell phone. A former lifeguard and childcare provider, I've been through dozens of first aid and CPR trainings in my life, and I immediately began running through scenarios in my head of what to do first and how best to help.
When you are on multiple medications, your risk of a drug interaction increases. This is a major factor in an emergency, but even on a day to day basis, when making decisions about over-the-counter (OTC) cold medicines and pain relievers, you need to consider your other, routine medications and whether they might interact with these short-term treatments. Having this information on hand at all times serves as a reminder as well as a safeguard.
Summer is (finally!!) almost upon us after a particularly long winter, and for many, that means it’s time to start traveling. For people with tree nut and peanut allergies, this can be particularly challenging because airlines still serve peanuts and some meals that may contain nuts. Although allergy advocates are working to change the airline status quo, in the interim, the onus for safety falls squarely on the traveler.
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