The Teal Pumpkin Project is Creating Safe and Inclusive Traditions

The Teal Pumpkin Project is Creating Safe and Inclusive Traditions

Spooky season is in full swing as kids are gearing up for Halloween.  Ghouls and goblins may be scary, but there is nothing more frightening than an allergic reaction!  While most kids are overjoyed to go door-to-door stuffing their bags with candy, traditional Halloween treats aren’t always safe for children with life-threatening food allergies.  Many Halloween candies contain common allergens…

Anaphylaxis at School: A Teacher’s Perspective

Anaphylaxis at School: A Teacher’s Perspective

Food allergy anxiety is something that teachers, as well as food allergic students and their families, need to address when planning safe and inclusive activities. It has been a busy couple of weeks with standardized testing, so I wanted to do something special for my class kids.  What better way to let loose and blow off some steam than to…

Anaphylaxis at School: A Child’s Perspective

Anaphylaxis at School: A Child’s Perspective

As a parent of a child with food allergies, it feels as if stress and anxiety come with the territory.   Living with the constant threat to your child’s life can feel downright debilitating at times.  Despite our relentless persistence to carry the burden on our own, the effect a food allergy diagnosis has on our child is simply unavoidable. …

Overcoming Food Allergy Fears: A Parent’s Perspective

Overcoming Food Allergy Fears: A Parent’s Perspective

One day, I walked into a class party organized by my son’s teacher. The sight of brightly colored balloons normally evokes feelings of joy. However, as the mother of a child with a latex allergy, the scene was anxiety-inducing. This anxiety quickly escalated to sheer panic when I discovered my son was having a severe anaphylactic reaction. There he was all alone, desperately gasping for air as the color steadily drained from his face.

Cleanly Consumed: Managing the Emotional Toll of Living with Food Allergies

Watch: Our Founder, Leah Robilotto talk with Kellie Cutsinger, at Cleanly Consumed about the emotional toll living with food allergies can take on families and schools. Cleanly Consumed is an online platform dedicated towards healthy eating. Kellie describes her company in the following way: “Cleanly Consumed helps guide families to clean products and resources that can relieve some of the…

5 Tips for Helping Your Food Allergic Friend.

5 Tips for Helping Your Food Allergic Friend.

It will come as no surprise to any food allergy family that research has proven that food-allergic parents experience increased levels of daily stress, anxiety, and social isolation. It can be challenging as a food allergic family to ask for help. We are sharing with you our top five tips on how you can support your food-allergic friends.

Managing Summer Vacation with Food Allergies

Managing Summer Vacation with Food Allergies

Summer is here!!! The days are getting longer, and you can easily count the days left in the school year or have already started the summer. It’s time to think about how to keep your kids busy and safe during summer vacation with food allergies present. Memories of Summer camp bring up images of swimming, games, hiking, and stories around…

It’s Exhausting. I Get It.

It’s Exhausting. I Get It.

Do you feel like no one gets it? Do you feel like you are always begging and pleading for your child’s safety? It’s exhausting. I get it. I recently had a conversation with a good friend. She is empathetic to the struggles of both food allergy moms and the children they protect from the physical and emotional impact of multiple…

What is a 504 Plan?

What is a 504 Plan?

When you hear other allergy parents and professionals talk about 504 plans for food allergies you may think that those are for children with disabilities. True, the 504 is referring to federal civil rights law, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which among other things provides you the right to have the individual needs of your child to participate in all school activities equally and safely.

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