Allergy Moms & Sleep Training: 10 Reasons Why We Say No CIO

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

Review of an Allergy-Friendly Bakery: Dolly Doll Cupcake Co. (Ottawa)

Restaurants that appear on AllergyBites may have updated their menu or changed management since a review was posted. Please confirm that they are still allergy-friendly & that menu items don’t contain your allergen(s) before visiting or placing your order. The Shangri-La of Allergy-Safe Places By Lisa Ienzi Editor's Note: While Dolly Doll's owner seeks out … Continue reading Review of an Allergy-Friendly Bakery: Dolly Doll Cupcake Co. (Ottawa)

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)

Profile of an Allergy Parent: Shannan Davis (Top 10 Challenge Committee)

A lifelong resident of Toronto, Shannan lives with her husband of 10 years, her (almost) 3-year-old daughter, and an aquarium full of fish named after characters from John Hughes movies. Having had no experience with food allergies, Shannan never anticipated that she’d be an allergy mom one day. Here's her story... AllergyBites: What foods is … Continue reading Profile of an Allergy Parent: Shannan Davis (Top 10 Challenge Committee)

Profile of an Allergy Parent: Dr. Abby Herzig (Belay)

Dr. Abby Herzig spent her professional life working with children as a clinical psychologist. Over the 10 years she practiced psychology, she worked in psychiatric hospitals, special schools, the court system, her own private practice, and with UNICEF. But shortly after her 1-year-old son was diagnosed with life-threatening food allergies, she walked away from it all. … Continue reading Profile of an Allergy Parent: Dr. Abby Herzig (Belay)

Dear Friend, sorry not sorry for opting out of your event… yet again.

This blog post was inspired by "Dear Friend, Sorry Not Sorry for Declining Your Invitation During This Season of Life." Thanks to Casey from Etched in Home, for writing something that made me want to hop on my computer and write my own version. I can't take my kid most places. I really, really want to. But … Continue reading Dear Friend, sorry not sorry for opting out of your event… yet again.