By Debbie Bruce (Director, Canadian Anaphylaxis Initiative) For those with life-threatening allergies, a sporting event can be a welcome and much-needed distraction. I know, because both of my food-allergic boys loved sports. Unfortunately, the ballpark can also be a dangerous and stressful place for people with peanut and nut allergies, specifically. Buy me some peanuts … Continue reading Take me out to the (allergy-friendly) ballgame!
Jessica Gray Schipp was first diagnosed with multiple food allergies in 2010. Having no idea how to start navigating her new life, she created a one-stop resource to help manage the dangerous complications of food allergies. AllergyBites: What foods are you allergic to? Jessica Gray Schipp: Gluten, wheat, oats, eggs, corn, soy, shellfish. AB: Can … Continue reading Profile of a Food Allergic Kid: Jessica Gray Schipp (#AllergicToEverything)
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. Hype Food Co. lives up to the hype By Kathleen O'Hagan I've been excitedly awaiting the … Continue reading Allergy-Friendly Restaurant Review: Hype Food Co.
For parents of children with food allergies, finding free time can be tough. But finding a caregiver we feel confident leaving our children with can feel like mission impossible. That's exactly why our Allergy-Aware Babysitter Series was born. Because capable, local help does exist. And allergy parents deserve a night out too. Read our first post in this … Continue reading Yes, Allergy-Aware Babysitters Do Exist
While researching an article I was writing for Today's Parent Magazine, I decided to survey parents across Canada to gain a better understanding of how raising children with food allergies impacts anxiety levels. More than 200 parents from across Canada responded, and I found myself touched by so many of their words. I'm not kidding … Continue reading Food Allergy Parents Are No Stranger to Anxiety
As this petition to WestJet nears 1,000 signatures, I've been thinking a lot about why I felt the need to create it. See, my son has a number of food allergies, and almonds isn't one of them. But I don't think that matters. If you're part of the food allergy community, your battle is my battle. … Continue reading Safety Over Snacks: Why I created the online petition to WestJet
A few months ago, my little boy went for his very first oral challenge at Sick Kids Hospital. If all went well, we would be crossing soy off of the long list of allergies he had accumulated in his short life. (Woo hoo!) Yet in the weeks leading up to his appointment, I was a … Continue reading When It Comes to Food Allergies, It’s All About Perspective
April is Oral Health Month. So we asked dentist and allergy mom Jyoti Parmar how to make sure a dentist appointment for a child with food allergies is safe and low-stress. She kindly agreed to share the inside scoop (and some great tips!) with us. Please note: The below information is subject to change at any time. … Continue reading Going to the Dentist When Your Child Has Food Allergies
Editor's Note: When a fellow allergy mom shared this beautifully written post in a private online support group, I couldn't help but tear up as I read her words. Because they could have been my words. Or your words. Suddenly, I felt like I had to share her message with the world. A huge thanks to … Continue reading From the Mouth of an Allergy Mom: “The Day My World Turned Upside Down”
It's been over a year since my son's diagnosis. But it's still rather surreal to me that many of the foods society is encouraged to eat for their fabulous health benefits could, in fact, kill my child. And seeing that March is Nutrition Month, it's been pretty much impossible to escape all of those "helpful" … Continue reading Nutrition Month & Food Allergies: When Their Superfood is Our Kryptonite