Julie has been an allergy mom for close to 4 years now. Neither she or her husband have food allergies, so she was "completely blindsided" when her son was first diagnosed. Plus, she says she had bought into the theory that if you consume top allergens while your baby is in utero that it would help … Continue reading Profile of an Allergy Parent: Julie Pliotas-Ferguson (Top 10 Challenge)
I've never felt comfortable with the idea of letting a baby cry it out (CIO). But, for many allergy moms, this form of sleep training isn't an option... even if they wanted it to be. In many cases, our little ones are diagnosed with a food allergy when we are first introducing solids -- at around … Continue reading Allergy Moms & Sleep Training: 10 Reasons Why We Say No CIO
AllergyBites: Tell us a little about yourself. Kyle Dine: I’ve had my allergies since I was about two years old and have gone on a real allergy roller coaster. When I was young, my parents did a great job at keeping me safe. As a teenager, I let my guard down and took many risks … Continue reading Profile of a Food-Allergic Kid: Kyle Dine
Food allergy blogger and entrepreneur Amanda Orlando was diagnosed with multiple food allergies as a very young baby. Her parents knew something was wrong because she was constantly ill from feeding and covered in eczema. Throughout the course of her life, Amanda has experienced several severe reactions, but she began blogging about life with food allergies after … Continue reading Profile of a Food-Allergic Kid: Amanda Orlando (Handled With Care)
Food Allergy Therapist Samara Carroll has lived with life-threatening food allergies since she was a toddler. Now that she’s all grown up, Samara helps children with food allergies navigate the ups and downs of life as a food-allergic kid. AllergyBites: What foods are you allergic to? Samara Carroll: I have had anaphylactic food allergies to … Continue reading Profile of a Food-Allergic Kid: Samara Carroll (Carroll Counselling)
Andrea is mom to “two beautiful daughters”—Danielle (2 years) and Talia (5 months). Her eldest is allergic to peanuts, whitefish and trout. Her youngest has no confirmed allergies to date. UPDATE: As of June 1, 2018, Andrea has moved into an official role at CAAIF as Managing Director. Even more exciting, under Andrea's leadership, CAAIF has … Continue reading Profile of an Allergy Parent: Andrea Waserman (CAAIF)
Last month, I wasn't feeling very good about this whole food allergy situation. So when this contest came up in my Twitter feed, I wondered if I could honestly answer the question: "Tell us why food allergies rock." Good timing, though, because it forced me to think about the good that has come out of my … Continue reading Food Allergies… Rock?
Planning a trip? Treat food allergies the way you would a pre-existing condition—because they are one. Read this post for an amazing update. When it comes to buying a new food for your food-allergic little one, you always triple check the ingredient list, right? Well, if you're planning a family trip, I highly recommend you … Continue reading Travelling with food allergies? Triple check your travel insurance.
Allison Venditti is the mom of 2 little boys who are allergic to various foods. She founded a local support group after her first son was diagnosed with food allergies in the double digits. AllergyBites: What foods are your children allergic to? Allison Venditti: My oldest - peanuts, tree nuts (some), eggs, soy, sesame and … Continue reading Profile of an Allergy Parent: Allison Venditti (Toronto Allergy Support Group)
One month later: In response to this post, I decided to write about the brighter side of food allergies. If you're needing a pick-me-up or would like to check out a list of supports, feel free to read this. May is Food Allergy Awareness Month. It's also Mental Health Awareness Month. So I decided to write about … Continue reading How Raising a Child With Food Allergies Impacts Mental Health