• Remembering to Bring Your EpiPen/Auvi-Q ALWAYS!!

    If your child has food allergies, it is vital that they begin, at a young age, to remember to bring their epinephrine autoinjector everywhere! I had a conversation recently with a Food Allergy Mom whose 18 year old son is no longer remembering to bring his EpiPen with him when he leaves the house. She asked me what could she do? It brought up an interesting conversation about food allergies, safety and teenager's brains. Our son, Morgan, is extremely good about remembering his ...

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  • December 31, 2013 Posted on Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis, 0 Comment

    There’s a New Food Allergy Organization You Want to Join!

      There's a new Food Allergy Organization that YOU want to join - FAACT - the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Connection Team. I'm so honored to be a part of this new organization with five other dynamic Food Allergy Advocates! Every one of us manages food allergies in our homes with at least one of our children. Every one of us has been a food allergy support group leader. We know what it's like to live with the threat of anaphylaxis. We ...

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  • September 24, 2013 Posted on Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis, 0 Comment

    Kissing & Food Allergies

    When our son, Morgan, was diagnosed with food allergies at 18 months old, I never thought that kissing my child could cause problems! Yet, if anyone has eaten their child's food allergens and then given a cheek buss - well, you may be in for a big surprise! Even that minimal contact can cause an allergic reaction in a highly sensitive child. Passionate kissing can cause full blown anaphylaxis. So, it's important to know the facts of what works with showing affection for your loved one after you've eaten their ...

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  • July 9, 2013 Posted on Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis, 0 Comment

    Experiencing Anaphylaxis

    When our son, Morgan, was diagnosed with life threatening food allergies, we were lucky that he had 'only' previously experienced a mild reaction to touching peanut butter and had experienced a moderate reaction to his MMR vaccine. The combination of these two events caused our family care physician to realize that Morgan's allergic reactions were beyond his medical training. He sent us to an allergist who diagnosed Morgan with several life threatening food allergies. By following up unidentified sources of mild to moderate reactions with blood and skin prick tests, we ...

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  • April 28, 2013 Posted on Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis, 0 Comment

    How Vigilant Is Your Family With Food Allergies?

    Having read about yet another tragic death from food allergies last week - a peanut allergic 11 year old boy in Utah - it reminds me of the discussions we had with other food allergy families about how vigilant they were. Some families didn't have the benefit of the knowledge about food allergies from an allergist. Some didn't properly know how to recognize the symptoms of an allergic reaction. Some felt that an overly vigilant lifestyle around food allergies ...

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  • January 11, 2013 Posted on Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis, 0 Comment

    Food Allergy Anaphylaxis – A Tragedy

    Some children will have mild reactions to eating a food they are allergic to. They may experience watery eyes, a runny nose or hives, and then quickly recover with a dose of Benadryl®. Still others may vomit and immediately feel better. Other children will experience anaphylaxis, the most severe of allergic reactions and end up in the emergency room receiving shots of epinephrine. Tragically, some children will die. This is a picture of Sabrina Shannon, a 13 year old Canadian girl when she died ...

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