Saturday, March 26, 2011

Non candy Easter ideas

As Easter draws near, I start thinking about Hannah's Easter basket. Parents whose children who have food allergies must be creative with what goes into the Basket.

Finding peanut free "safe" chocolate or candy in your local grocery seems to be an impossible feat normally let alone during holiday season.

I had a friend call me a few days ago for ideas for (non food) basket treats/toys.

I wanted to share my ideas(variety of age/gender choices) and I would love to hear yours as well :)

*Sidewalk chalk
*New crayons/markers
*Books(I always put 1 age appropriate Easter book in)
*Temp tattoos
*Easter crafts(Joanne's is good place to look, age appropriate)
*Silly Bands
*Small stuffed animals
*Activity/Coloring books
*Easter themed pens/pens/notepads
*Small puzzles
*Cute Bunny/Duck Slippers
*Hair ties/nail polish
*Matchbox cars
*iTunes or other giftcards
*Wii or other gaming system accessories/games.

I would love to hear what you are including in the baskets!!

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Friday, March 11, 2011

This is pathetic--protest of a 6 yr old girl!

It was all over the news last night. A group of parents protesting. Protesting a little 6 year old little girl. A little girl who has a severe life threatening peanut allergy. One that effects only 2% of the population.

But why would a group of parents be protesting a baby? I am saying baby because when it comes to her health condition, she is. She is only 6. She is not old enough to read labels correctly or have the maturity to understand the true severity of her medical condition. She is not able to keep herself safe.

Not familiar with food allergies? I completely understand, either was I before that Easter when Hannah had her first reaction. Watch this short educational video from FAAN so you can comprehend the severity of this condition for yourself.

So why are they protesting you ask again? Because the doctor says in order to keep the girl safe, the kids must wash their hands/swish and spit water after each time they eat is one reason. What on earth is wrong with washing hands after eating? That would actually even cut down on sharing germs as well. And while I have never heard of swish/spit before--I can see how that would benefit as this age group is still very touchy/feely and kissing a friend on the cheek is not a big deal.

Another reason why they are protesting is that they are upset that they can't bring in outside sweets for parties. Which is kinda curious to me because the little girl's mom made "safe" treats for the whole 1st grade class so they could have them at valentines day party. The other parents didn't have to do anything. Yet they are protesting because their kids are not able to enjoy their school life(ie parties) because of this little girl.

One of my online food allergy friends lives in Florida and belongs to the same food allergy group as the mom who's little girl is being protested. Libby normally does not share what goes on in her local group but the little girl's mom gave her permission to write about it since its all over the news. (a huge thanks to Libby for the use of her blog link/picture.)

Please take the time to read the family's side of this nonsense here at Libby's blog. These parents protesting are making up lies about the little girl and how her condition effects their kids.

One protesting parent said "We are all about keeping this little girl safe BUT we have to keep our kids safe too"

HUH? From what? Safe from handwashing? Safe from no-sweets in classroom? Safe from the food-allergy kid?

Here is a copy(courtey of Libby) of the papers that the protesters are handing out. Remember use your common sense while reading this.

I just keep telling myself that these parents need education. That being said, some people refuse to educate themselves on such matters. I can't image what this little girl is feeling or how the parents are feeling as well. My thoughts and prayers are with them.

Wish there is something we could do to help....

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Sunday, March 6, 2011

A yummy dream come true

We recently found out through my local food allergy support group of a Gluten free and Peanut free bakery in Bexley Ohio. Cherbourg Bakery.

We were so happy that we decided to make a trip down that way on a rainy day. I didn't tell Hannah where we were going as I really wanted to surprise her.

She was SO excited and in awe when I told her that everything was peanut free and she could pick whatever she wanted!

There were so many yummy choices. Cupcakes, brownies, coffee cakes, lemon bars, sugar cookies and so much more!

We both tried the chocolate and cream cheese cupcakes with icing on top! Yummy!!

We even took some goodies home with us to share with Daddy and to eat later.

We had a lot of fun and plan to go back :)

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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Sick of being sick "again"

I have been trying to get on here the last few days but Hannah has been sick.

She had a small stuffy nose a few weeks back when I was dealing with the longest head cold ever. But it never seemed more than just sniffles. Fast forward about a week later, she was stuffy again but this time I heard some wheezing.

Now the ped has never came out and said that Hannah has asthma. I know that she doesn't like to "label" at this age and I guess I can understand that. She has said that she has R.A.D. (reactive airway disease) and is prone to things like croup and wheezing when she is sick.

So yea, I am hearing wheezing. Since I know it's her normal MO, I simply give her albuterol. She is running around the house like a normal 4 year old.

I can't tell you what made me call the Ped for an appt. Looking back I can't say why exactly. But I did. Hubby calls it my super mommy instinct lol.

But it turns out that she has a bit of pnemonia on her right side. Now looking at this child, you can't tell that she is sick. She is full of energy and wanting to play constantly.

One of my friends commented "she's sick AGAIN?" and it made me think. I don't think that she is really sick that much but others seem to think so. I thought about my food allergy friends online--their kids are prone to sickness more than "the average"

I did a quick search on google about food allergies and a lower immune system. I only had a few minutes to look but I could not find anything concrete on that correlation. But it makes me think.

Does the allergy itself(the histamine)suppress the immune system or could it be the modified diet that has to be adopted after diagnosis?

I am curious. Do you think your food allergy child is sick more than the "norm"?? How do you help boost their immunity?

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