Category Archives: Parenting

From Trick-or-Treating to Bribery: Type 1 Diabetes, Celiac, Food Allergy and a Nutritionista Mom

My boys and my husband have always loved Halloween. It’s their favorite holiday. Ghoulish creatures are placed strategically around our front yard, candelabras adorned with spider webs decorate the mantle, jack-o-laterns get carved and giant spiders and rats show up in startling spots throughout the house. And the costumes? They’re discussed for weeks in advance. While candy isn’t mentioned, Halloween

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Flights, Peanuts, Allergic Kids — More Notes From an Anxious Mom

It’s been a worrisome month in the food allergy community. In two separate incidents, a little girl experienced anaphylaxis aboard an airplane as a result of a life-threatening nut allergy. As a parent of a peanut-allergic child, my breath just stops when I read such a story. I know I am not alone. Twitter is abuzz with reactions to these

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Flights, Peanuts, Allergic Kids — and, Yes — Anxiety

Preparations are underway for a wonderful family vacation this summer. But I’ve had an unwelcome visitor in the process this year. Flight anxiety. This isn’t your garden variety flight anxiety — worrying about the plane crashing to earth (I definitely have that one though). This is a fear of bringing my peanut-allergic son onto an aircraft and seeing him experience

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