A Nana’s Perspective: Christmas Baking & Food Allergies

Hi, everyone, Kathleen here! I'm excited to share with you this blog post written by mom, a.k.a. Allergy Nana. She's been so wonderful at accommodating my son's multiple allergies, making us feel safe and comfortable at her home, that I wanted to hear what it's been like from her perspective -- especially at a time like … Continue reading A Nana’s Perspective: Christmas Baking & Food Allergies

What the Top 10 Challenge Means to Me

As a busy allergy mom who has little to no time for self-care, rarely hangs out with friends anymore, forgets the meaning of "date night," and never ever has a clean house, I'm sure most of the people in my life thought I was crazy when I announced I was working to bring a version … Continue reading What the Top 10 Challenge Means to Me

Profile of a Food-Allergic Kid: Danielle Barry (Top 10 Challenge)

Research librarian Danielle Barry has been allergic to peanuts for as long as she can remember. When she was still in her teens, she outgrew a kiwi allergy. And in recent years, she's added soy, peas, chickpeas and lentils to her list. Still, this travel lover certainly doesn't let her allergies stop her from doing … Continue reading Profile of a Food-Allergic Kid: Danielle Barry (Top 10 Challenge)

Profile of an Allergy Parent: Kathleen O’Hagan (Top 10 Challenge)

AllergyBites: Tell us a little bit about your food allergy journey. Kathleen O'Hagan: Neither myself or my husband has food allergies, so I never even considered that my little one would react to a food that was once a staple in my household. Considering my biggest worry while pregnant was having a picky eater, you … Continue reading Profile of an Allergy Parent: Kathleen O’Hagan (Top 10 Challenge)

Introducing Common Allergens to My Baby The ‘Inspired Start’ Way

By Allison Venditti Our food introduction journey with Inspired Start started in May of 2017, but in reality it started the moment the boxes arrived at our door. I have 2 older boys, aged 6 (allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, sesame, egg and soy) and 4 (allergic to peanuts) and we have NONE of their … Continue reading Introducing Common Allergens to My Baby The ‘Inspired Start’ Way

Food Allergies & Anaphylaxis: When the Medical Response Is a Mystery (part 2 of 3)

This blog post is part 2 of a 3-part series. Read part 1 and part 3. Since I first wrote about my son's first anaphylactic reaction (and the doctor's mysterious reaction to his reaction), I've done a lot of following up. Because as helpless as I felt when all this went down, the truth is, it was up … Continue reading Food Allergies & Anaphylaxis: When the Medical Response Is a Mystery (part 2 of 3)

10 Allergy-Friendly Brands I’d Devour If It Weren’t for Our Sunflower Allergy

My son is allergic to sunflower. And it is currently the bane of our allergy existence. I've mentioned this before, but sunflower is in the majority of "allergen-free" products... which can really suck sometimes. I've learned to live with it most days, but once in a while, I get a reminder of all the fun … Continue reading 10 Allergy-Friendly Brands I’d Devour If It Weren’t for Our Sunflower Allergy

Food Allergies & Anaphylaxis: Mystery Reactions Can Come In Many Forms (part 1 of 3)

This blog post is part 1 of a 3-part series. Read part 2 and part 3. Last Friday, my son experienced his first anaphylactic reaction. I didn't even realize it was truly an anaphylactic reaction until I arrived home and reviewed the symptoms of anaphylaxis. Why didn't I know? Because the whole experience was a … Continue reading Food Allergies & Anaphylaxis: Mystery Reactions Can Come In Many Forms (part 1 of 3)