Hey guys! Sorry I have been absent for so long. In previous posts I talked a bit about oral desensitization and I thought I would share our OIT (oral immunotherapy) journey with you. Kenna was born allergic to milk and eggs. Over time, and with the recommendation from our allergist, Kenna was able to outgrow…… Continue reading Our OIT Experience
Did you know?: Eight foods account for 90 percent of all reactions: peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, soy, wheat, fish and shellfish. You may often hear these allergens referred to as the “top 8”. Food allergies affect 1 in every 13 children (under 18 years of age) in the U.S. That’s roughly two in every…… Continue reading 10 Facts About Food Allergies
The Emergency Room. Just thinking about those words gives me anxiety. Although my family has been to the emergency room for various reasons, I want to share with you what it was like when Kenna experienced a food reaction causing her to go to the ER. This was our first serious reaction, and it could…… Continue reading My Journey: The First ER Visit
I am in the middle of frantically making Thanksgiving food substitutions for my family, but I thought I would give you a quick glance of what a “food allergy Thanksgiving” is for us. This year I am not hosting (yay!) but that only cuts out a portion of the work. You see, when I host,…… Continue reading A Food Allergy Thanksgiving
Elementary school = a new level of anxiety for a parent of a child with food allergies. If you have a child with food allergies, you know what I am talking about. For those that don’t, I’ll let you in on a little (not so secret) secret. It’s hard. Really hard. As children grow up,…… Continue reading My Journey: Elementary School
In the future I will be discussing an allergy treatment plan we decided to pursue for Kenna. It is called Oral Immunitherapy and is a form of desensitization. I wanted to explain what desensitization is and how it works. You have probably heard about this form of allergy treatment as “allergy shots”, used for environmental…… Continue reading What is Oral Desensitization?
By the time Kenna started preschool, she was able to convey the message that “milk and eggs make me sick”. I don’t think she had a sound understanding of this concept, and she definitely did not know how to decide if a food had eggs or milk in it. As parents, we still made…… Continue reading My Journey: Emily