Posts from ‘Food Allergies’
The allergy community cried out this week when news hit that Sanofi is abandoning the smaller, talking Auvi-Q – which means it may not be returning to pharmacies any time soon. While most families carry EpiPens – the leading epinephrine auto-injector available – many struggle with the size, portability and temperature sensitivity of the device.
While there are no similar products to Auvi-Q on the market right now, there are two epinephrine injectors in development that will interest those at risk of anaphylaxis. In fact, they are both smaller and more portable than the Auvi-Q, and one of them intends to be temperature stable which can withstand both hot and cold temperatures.
You are amazing. Yes, you, the parent of a child with food allergies. It’s not easy. Actually, it’s damn hard. And I want to take just a moment to celebrate how strong and inspirational you are to me and countless others.
I know being thrown into this alternate reality must have felt like the world’s cruelest joke – your child actually getting sick from eating food. And I know you have done everything you can to figure out what was going on and painstakingly research the best doctors in town, labs who work the best with kids for countless blood draws and hunted up and down for coupons and cheapest pharmacies for the very expensive medications you must now buy for your child.
I see you tracking down safety information for food and very cautiously trying out restaurants. I know you drive all over town, to multiple stores, for safe and “normal” food options for your child. I’ve watched you doing your best to make birthday cakes from scratch when you’d much rather order from a bakery. And being worried about who your child is sitting next to in school and if they had peanut butter on their toast for breakfast.
I hope you all had a safe and happy Halloween! It was a busy time around here, trying my best to give my kiddos a fun holiday for themselves and their friends. I’ll admit, there have been years where I’ve been consumed with fear on how to manage Halloween with a little one with severe food allergies. But the good news is, each year it gets easier and easier. And this year was the best yet!
I do my best to keep the emphasis on FUN and costumes and less on food. We had three different times to celebrate – the Halloween party at school, the Food Allergy Resource Fair with trick-or-treating and, of course, Halloween night. That makes three times to dress up in Halloween costumes, three times to have fun with friends and, well, three times to navigate safe vs. unsafe candy.
Holy smokes, I’m getting a lot of questions this week about food allergies and Halloween – which makes me super happy!
What is the Teal Pumpkin Project? Are you doing it?
Do kids with severe food allergies even go trick or treating? How is that safe?
Do you have tips for families with food allergies on how to take some of the focus off of candy?
What are some allergy-friendly candies I could give out this year? Where can I buy it?
What else can I do to make my house an allergy-friendly stop for children with food allergies?
I’ve covered some of these topics in previous posts over the years, but I’m going to take a crack at answering all of these questions in one post. Hold onto your pumpkins, ladies and gentlemen!
To all my friends in Minnesota who have food allergies in their family, I want to make sure you know about the upcoming Food Allergy Resource Fair put on by the Food Allergy Support Group of Minnesota with a special Halloween theme. I’ve attended (and volunteered) at this event for many years and it’s always a great opportunity to see what’s new out there in the world of allergy-friendly products, foods, etc. I always end up learning something new and my daughter has a great time exploring.
Last year the group decided to add a new twist – Halloween trick-or-treating at the vendor tables – with candy free of the top 8 allergens. Kids were invited to come in costume. It was a HUGE hit! You guys, I almost tear up when I think about it. Usually kids with food allergies can’t eat most of the food they collect when they go trick-or-treating on Halloween – but still want to have fun and be a part of the tradition. At this event? Nearly every table has candy they can eat (unless they have more rare allergies than the top 8). My daughter had an absolute blast. Also, getting to wear a Halloween costume more than once is a big perk!
I hope you’ll join us on this special morning. And please share this information with others who might be interested, too! Schools, day care, churches and moms groups. Hope to see you there!