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Yes, it's the most wonderful time of the week: It's FREE STUFF FRIDAY! Woo! And even better than that, for today's FREE STUFF FRIDAY, we're teaming up with our friend Elizabeth Goldenberg of Onespot™Allergy, who will be giving our TWO WINNERS each a free Onespot™ Allergy Best EpiPen belt (adult sizes in black only, children's sizes in black, turquoise, red with white polka dots, and lime green) in addition to the $50 Lauren's Hope Medical ID Jewelry gift certificate they'll each win! THAT'S A $75 RETAIL VALUE FOR EACH WINNER!
Allergy safety is always a serious issue. At Halloween, however, it's particularly important to keep allergy safety in mind, as it is very easy for kids with food allergies to be accidentally exposed to unsafe foods. Today, we bring you some Halloween safety tips from our friends at Onespot Allergy in the hopes that your little ones experience only the fun, safe kind of "scares" this Halloween. And remember, even (and especially) in a Halloween costume, it's imperative that kids with food allergies always carry their medications and wear their medical alert jewelry.
So a few weeks back, I had my six-year-old daughter, Julia, tested for food allergies. She's always had a bit of a weak stomach, and I'd noticed it was worse when she had chocolate, but then she'd drink chocolate almond milk every day (a switch we made after she showed herself to be a bit lactose intolerant) with no problem. So I just wasn't sure: Is this a dairy issue? But she eats cheese just fine. Is it a chocolate issue? But her granola bars have little chocolate chips and she's never had a problem. Is it some additive or processed ingredient? What about those completely-devoid-of-redeeming-value orange fishy crackers and Cheeze-Its that always make her vomit yet which she continues to eat when I'm not around to remind her not to? Is it the "cheeze"? I couldn't quite put my finger on it, so in we went for the blood work.
Let's skip over that part, because if you have a kid and have experienced a blood draw, you know that it really, truly is more painful for the parent than the child 90% of the time. So we did that.
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.
One in every 133 Americans has Celiac Disease, an autoimmune disorder that causes the body to attack itself in response to gluten exposure. This means people with Celiac cannot eat anything containing gluten, which is a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. Some people with Celiac Disease also find that they cannot tolerate trans-dermal (through the skin) exposure to gluten, either, which means they must be vigilant about checking the ingredients in every soap, shampoo, lotion, and cosmetic before using it, as many of these common toiletries use gluten as a binding agent.
If you or your child have a food allergy, you’re far from alone. Current estimates are that about 2 percent of adults and 6 percent of children are affected by allergies, which arise when the immune system reacts after a certain food is eaten. Common symptoms of food allergies include skin rashes or digestive problems, but may include anaphylaxis, in which the breathing passages swell. This can be fatal if it is not treated.
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