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Developing Allergies at 40

Posted by Tara Cohen on Jan, Wed 14, 2015

So, I'm turning 40 this year, and overall, I'm good with that. To me, 40 is an achievement. I've earned 40. It's a number I'll wear with pride. 

I'm not thrilled that my night vision isn't the same as it used to be, and I'm more than a little annoyed at the adults who lied to me at 15 when they said acne was just a teenager thing. But overall, even the little health changes like these aren't a big issue. I'm almost 40, and it's pretty fabulous. 

The one thing that does seem to be an actual problem, however, is my allergies. As a child, I had lots of allergies. My poor mom was a parent pre-EpiPens, so she learned to carry (and force me to take) Benadryl at the first sign of a reaction. She dutifully suffered through holding me down for the allergist's scratch tests. She dragged me to the pediatrician every. single. week. for my allergy shots. She dealt with it, and so did I. I'm pretty sure, looking back, that it was worse for her than it was for me, as I was no picnic when it came to doctors and shots. Side note: call Mom more often.

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Tags: allergy bracelet, allergy alert bracelet, allergy medical alert bracelet, allergies, allergy, food allergies, drug allergies, ALLERGY ALERT, allergy testing, adult-onset food allergies

Halloween Safety for Kids With Special Circumstances

Posted by Tara Cohen on Oct, Mon 20, 2014

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.

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Tags: Halloween, Medical ID Jewelry, safety, autism, allergies, Safety Tips, developmental disabilities

July 4th Safety Tips

Posted by Tara Cohen on Jul, Wed 02, 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. 

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Tags: medical ID bracelet, safety, allergies, Sunscreen, Fourth of July, July 4th, Fireworks, Fireworks Safety

Planning Summer Fun For Special Kids

Posted by Tara Cohen on May, Mon 19, 2014

Whether you're cheering or groaning over the end of the school year, it's here, and for parents of children with chronic health conditions or special needs (as, let's face it, with everything else for us), there's extra work to do. As the mom of a third grader with severe, nonverbal autism and the mom of a first grader with a chocolate allergy, I'm not just wrapping up the year and looking forward to summer vacation. I'm doing year-end IEP meetings and coordinating with summer camp personnel to make appropriate arrangements for their care all summer long. Don't get me wrong. We have a healthy dose of FUN planned for the summer, but making that happen ... well, it just takes a bit more planning when you're a special-needs parent. 

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Tags: diabetes, autism, allergies, allergy, 504 plan, IEP, special needs, medical alert jewelry for kids, summer, summer camp

May is Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month

Posted by Brittany McNeal on May, Thu 08, 2014

Spring has sprung, and that means it’s time for blooming flowers, budding trees, freshly cut lawns, itchy noses and tight chests. Spring is the peak season for those living with Asthma and Allergies, so it’s a great time to spread awareness about the diseases that affect over 60 million Americans.

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Top Ten Tips For A Safe Halloween

Posted by Tara Cohen on Oct, Mon 28, 2013

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.

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Tags: Halloween, epilepsy, safety, T1D, autism, food allergy safety, allergies, allergy, type one diabetes, food allergies

A Chocolate-Free Halloween?

Posted by Tara Cohen on Oct, Fri 25, 2013

Those of you who follow the Lauren's Hope blog may recall me writing earlier this fall about my six-year-old daughter, Julia, and how she was recently diagnosed with a chocoalate allergy (specifically, a cacao allergy). When I tell people Julia is allergic to chocolate, the most common response from adults is something completely reasonable and calm like this: "Chocolate? She's allergic to chocolate?! I would DIE." So, I've learned to phrase it differently, especially when Julia is within earshot. I say, "Julia is allergic to chocolate, and boy, removing it from her diet has made her feel so much better! And she's trying lots of great new flavors now!" or something similar, and that's helping my daughter stay positive about it while giving adults the cue that I'd appreciate them doing so too. 

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Tags: allergy bracelet, allergy bracelets, allergy alert tags, allergy medical alert bracelets, allergy medical alert bracelet, allergies, allergy, food allergy, Halloween medical alert bracelet, epipen

When Asthma Doesn't Look Like Asthma

Posted by Tara Cohen on Oct, Wed 23, 2013

A few weeks back, we shared some information about asthma here on the Lauren's Hope blog. As we usually do when we post about a specific condition, we asked our fabulous readers to write in and share their own stories with us. This time around, we heard from Jennifer McGlothlin (right), who explained that she wears Lauren's Hope medical ID bracelets because she lives with asthma that doesn't quite present the way most people expect.

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Tags: allergies, asthma, asthma medical ID jewelry, asthma medical ID bracelet, asthma medical alert bracelet, asthma medical alert jewelry, steroids

National Bullying Prevention Month

Posted by Tara Cohen on Oct, Mon 14, 2013

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Although bullying is in the news regularly these days, many people aren't truly clear on what constitutes bullying and why these anti-bullying programs are in place. 

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Tags: bullying, what is bullying, allergy alert bracelets, allergy alert bracelet, allergy medical alert bracelet, allergies, allergic reactions, allergy, allergy bullying

A Pre-Halloween Safety Guide

Posted by Tara Cohen on Oct, Mon 07, 2013

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.

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Tags: Halloween, epilepsy, safety, T1D, autism, food allergy safety, allergies, allergy, type one diabetes, food allergies

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