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Halloween Safety for Kids with Food Allergies and Type 1 Diabetes!

Posted by Tara Cohen on Oct, Tue 18, 2016

There’s nothing quite like late fall when the leaves are on the ground, fireplaces are lit, the air is a little crisp, and pretty much everything comes in pumpkin flavor. Seriously. Everything. I saw pumpkin-flavored Frosted Mini Wheats the other day.

Pumpkin-flavored or otherwise, autumn treats are everywhere, especially when it comes to Halloween parties and trick-or-treating. So let’s dive into our…

Five Halloween {Food} Safety Tips For Kids

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What Are Salicylates, and Why Are They Making Me Sick?

Posted by Tara Cohen on May, Wed 27, 2015

A few months ago, I shared a story here on the Lauren’s Hope Blog about being at work when my lips and tongue swelled up due to an allergic reaction. As instructed at Urgent Care, I did follow up with my Primary Care Physician right away, and she ran some blood work to test for food allergies. The results came back: Allergic to milk and hazelnuts.

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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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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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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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