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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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Tags: Halloween, T1D, food allergy safety, allergies, allergy, food allergy, type 1 diabetes, food allergies, t1 diabetes

Let's Talk About Food Allergy Bullying

Posted by Tara Cohen on Oct, Tue 11, 2016

Bullying is a big topic in schools and the media alike. In my own little corner of the world, I know my daughter and I have to review and sign her elementary school’s anti-bullying policies and safeguards document every fall, as do all of the other kids and parents. Taking a few minutes to read over this document, discuss what bullying is and how it impacts people, remind kids of the consequences, and talk about constructive ways to help prevent bullying and support other kids is definitely worthwhile in my book. This last time, it actually led to a really interesting conversation with my 9-year-old 4th grader about how she perceives other kids, what she does in social settings when she feels bullied or sees that type of behavior.

The thing is, bullying isn’t only about social behavior and feelings, which are in and of themselves very serious issues. Bullying can be also physically dangerous, and this is highly apparent and concerning when kids have food allergies. According to FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education, Inc.), approximately, “...a third of kids with food allergies report that they have been bullied specifically because of their allergies.” Even worse, sometimes that bullying includes use of the food allergens themselves. FARE’s “It’s Not A Joke,” campaign features two stories from young men who, as kids, were threatened with allergen exposure as a form of bullying.

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Tags: food allergy medical id, allergy alert ids, food allergy, food allergies, food allergy medical alert bracelet, kids with food allergies, ALLERGY ALERT, food allergy bullying

Free Stuff Friday With Kyle Dine & Lauren’s Hope

Posted by Guest Author on Oct, Fri 16, 2015




And our winner is... Christina Ortiz! Congratulations, Christina! Please email tara@laurenshope.com to claim your prizes!


Today's Free Stuff Friday features a guest blog post by Allergy Awareness Entertainer, Kyle Dine! 

You are entering to win a $50 Lauren's Hope Medical ID Jewelry Gift Certificate 


A copy of Kyle's AWESOME new Allergy Awareness DVD in which he (and his puppets!) wear LH gear!

Entering is easy! Each activity will earn you one entry, and we will randomly select a winner to be announced Monday, October 19, 2015. All entries must be received by midnight Sunday night. And  of course, there are some rules, which you can read here

1. Leave an allergy safety tip in the comments below.

2. Visit and "like" Lauren's Hope on Facebook.

3. Visit and "like" Kyle Dine & Friends on Facebook.

It's that simple! And now, a super fun guest post from Kyle Dine!

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Tags: medical ids, medical alert jewelry, food allergy safety, food allergy, ALLERGY ALERT, Kyle Dine

What Do IVs Have To Do With Corn Allergies?

Posted by Tara Cohen on Sep, Tue 01, 2015

Food allergies are seemingly always in the news these days as their prevalence continues to increase. Food labeling improvements certainly help, but they are only one part of making life safer for those with food allergies. These requirements are also quite limited, necessitating only the listing of items considered a “Major Food Allergen,” which the FDA lists as follows:


  1. Milk
  2. Eggs
  3. Fish
  4. Shellfish
  5. Tree nuts
  6. Peanuts
  7. Wheat
  8. Soybeans


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Tags: food allergy, top 8 allergens, corn allergy, corn, corn allergies, top eight allergens

The Scoop About Oral Allergy Syndrome

Posted by Tara Cohen on Jun, Wed 03, 2015

I’m allergic to stuff. If you follow the Lauren’s Hope Blog at all, you already know this, as I seem to talk about it ad nauseam. But allergies are a big deal! And as I mentioned recently, I’ve just been diagnosed with Oral Allergy Syndrome.

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Tags: food allergy medical id, food allergy, food allergies, adult-onset food allergies, DIAGNOSIS STORY, oral allergy syndrome, salicylate sensitivity, salicylate intolerance

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