Alexandria Durrell: Irritated By Allergies

Nov
27
2015

Let's Just Stop Growing Peanuts

Hamilton Considers Banning Peanuts from Public Buildings

Hamilton Considers Banning Peanuts from Public Buildings - That will solve the peanut allergy problem, right? This food allergy blogger disagrees | YummyMummyClub.ca

You know I'm all for protecting people with food allergies, but I think sometimes our fear takes precedence over reality. Food bans are a hot topic in the allergy community, and I've been on the receiving end of some hate over my hesitation to support them without question. There's actually little proof that blanket food bans really keep anaphylactic people safe: many experts feel they're ineffective.

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Nov
13
2015

The Life Changing Disease You've Never Heard About

Itching, Swelling, Rashes, and More Characterize This Painful Disease

This disease makes life painful, but you've probably never heard of it before. Chronic Idiopathic Urticaria is a challenge for many. | Wellness | Medicine | YummyMummyClub.ca

We all know what hives are, don't we? Raised, itchy patches that can drive allergic people completely bonkers. Most of the time, hives are caused by an allergic reaction. And when that happens, antihistamines reduce the swelling, and the hives disappear within a fairly short amount of time. Some people, however, live their lives with what's known as Chronic Idiopathic Urticaria.

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An adoptee has some things to say to Chelsea O'Donnell about her relationship with her "adopted" mother.

Chelsea O'Donnell was adopted at just two months of age by Rosie O'Donnell. This past summer, she and her mother were at the centre of some hot gossip when Rosie reported Chelsea had run away, but Chelsea claimed Rosie had kicked her out. In every single media headline, Rosie was referred to as Chelsea's "adopted mother". Oof. It would appear from the outside that the two of them clash quite a bit, which frankly is nothing strange for a teenager and her mom.

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Nov
06
2015

Babies, New Foods, and Allergies: What You Need to Know

What we once thought about some allergens is now no longer the case

New Regulations for Food Introduction May Prevent Allergies

When we were kids, television was in black and white, we walked to school uphill both ways (in the snow), and we had no internet. Childhood for my kids - who are now nine- and five-years-old has changed a lot - even since they were babies. One major difference is when we were told to introduce foods to them. We were advised to avoid the major allergens until at least one year of age (and up to three years in some cases).

That is no longer the case.

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Nov
06
2015

10 Lessons I Want My Kids to Learn

(None of them are common core math)

10 Lessons I Want My Kids to Learn - Life would be a whole lot easier if we all learned these lessons. |  YummyMummyClub.ca

Life's tricky. I'm 40 and I still don't have it all figured out. In fact, I make (big) mistakes on the regular, so I might not be the one to start doling out life advice, but since when has incompetency stopped me before? 

Here are some lessons I really hope my kids learn before I did. Because life would've been a whole lot easier had I known this stuff before now.
 

Embrace Your Weird

 

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Nov
03
2015

Turns Out Hanging Around Barnyards is Good for Your Kids

Asthma Less Common in Kids Exposed to Dogs, Farm Animals

Hanging out with animals decreases kids' asthma risk, who knew?

Asthma has increased dramatically over the last few decades, with 500 adults dying of asthma each year (and about 20 kids). That's scary stuff. I know for my family, we tried to keep the indoor air clean when our kids were babies, especially since my husband has a number of allergies and asthma. We figured that keeping the air as clean as possible would help boost their immune systems and hopefully ward off asthma and allergies. Boy, were we ever wrong.

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Oct
30
2015

Happy Candy Corn Day!

Candy Corn is One Seriously Divisive Treat

Love it or hate it, candy corn sure gets people talking.

Hooray! October 30th is National Candy Corn Day!

Created in the 1880s, this tiny Halloween treat sure causes some big reactions. Here are 10 times candy corn has divided humanity:

 

But... I love cole slaw.
 

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Oct
29
2015

Allerject Recall ALERT

20 reports of malfunction

Allerject recall in Canada

Sanofi Canada has issued a voluntary recall of all Allerject units currently on the market. The recall includes both strengths for all customers. Apparently they may have inaccurate dosages, which can be extremely problematic if needed for an anaphylactic reaction. 

There have been more than 20 reports of device malfunctions, which sounds troublesome, but considering there are more than 2.7 million units out there in the market, that's not a huge number. But as we know, there's no room for error when dealing with anaphylaxis. 

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Oct
13
2015

This Probiotic Cures Dairy Allergies

Gut Health Key to Eliminating Allergies

can milk allergies be helped with probiotic

Food allergies are on the rise, but the causes still baffle scientists. Researchers constantly seek reasons why the increase is happening, and how to stop or reverse the trend. In results released in August of 2014, a study from the University of Chicago made huge waves in the allergy community. They found that increasing the amount of Clostridia, a common gut bacteria, protected people against food allergies.

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Sep
29
2015

What You Need to Know About Oral Food Challenges

Top Tips from Dr. Adelle Atkinson of SickKids

oral challenges for allergy testing

Food allergies are confusing. Ask anyone who deals with them, and you'll find that answers vary from patient to patient and doctor to doctor. What we thought were facts have been proven false, and knowledge changes so rapidly, it's hard to stay on top of things. So I went straight to one of the foremost allergy experts for information about oral "food challenges" (OFCs). Dr. Adelle Atkinson is a clinical immunologist in the Division of Immunology and Allergy at SickKids Hospital, and she's also the mom of an allergic kid.

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Sep
24
2015

Student's Death Prompts Food Handling Practice Reviews

Canadian Universities Strengthen Food Allergy Practices

Teen's death prompts Canadian universities to strengthen food allergy management procedures.

First year Queen's University student Andrea Mariano died from an anaphylactic reaction to peanuts, according to her family; she was just 18 years-old. It's frightening to think that an allergic reaction can wipe out a life so quickly. We think that once our kids are out of primary school, they're safer.

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Sep
15
2015
The best cheap and cheerful EpiPen or Allerject case ever!

My son started self-carrying his epinephrine auto-injector in senior kindergarten, and now that he's off to grade one, it was important for him to have a sturdy way to have his life-saving medications on him at all times. The thing is, carrying cases for kids can be so expensive! $20 or more, and then shipping on top of that, since no local stores carry them. I made him one before, but it was flimsy and cumbersome for him to use, so we've been looking for something reasonable for awhile now.

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Sep
11
2015

Are Classroom Food Bans Driving You Mad?

What Schools Should be Doing to Protect Kids With Allergies

school lunch food bans

What kind of person would resist a wheelchair ramp being installed to make the life of one student easier? Is that you? Are you the kind of person who, when asked to turn your music down at 11pm, complains about your rights being trampled on just because a neighbour wants to sleep? Are you against accommodating people with autism or ensuring those who practice different religions are treated fairly and equitably? Who complains that they can't send a food their kid likes to school because it can kill another child?

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Aug
28
2015

I'm So Sick Of Talking About Allergies

Allergies Have Taken Over My Life

Allergies

You know how I came to write this blog, and why speaking about allergies is so important to me. You know that my son (and millions of other people) can die from ingesting an allergen. You may read this blog because you deal with allergies in your family, or maybe you read it because you're just a kind, sympathetic person.

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Aug
25
2015
dealing with food allergies

Food allergies are increasingly common in Canada (more than 2.5 million Canadians have them), but when it's your own child diagnosed with one, it's scary, isolating, and overwhelming. My son was an infant when we discovered he was allergic to many foods, but allergies can happen at any age. When they do, it's difficult to see the positive in a very life-threatening situation, but as someone who has dealt with these allergies for almost six years, I promise it'll get easier.

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Aug
20
2015
Nice choice cookie peanut recall

Canadian Food Inspection Agency has issued a recall notice for Nice Choice Brand Fried Cookie product, seaweed flavour. The product contains peanut, which is not listed on the label.

Food Recall Warning (Allergen) - Nice Choice brand Fried Cookie – Seaweed flavour recalled due to undeclared peanut

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Aug
18
2015

How to Survive Fall Allergy Season

5 Tips for Attacking Allergens

fall allergy season tips

With autumn around the corner, allergy sufferers should take note and start building defenses to minimize the effects of fall allergens.

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Aug
10
2015
dust mite formula

If you're allergic to dust mites, you know how frustrating they are to deal with. They're everywhere, and they feed on our own dead skin and pet dander. How totally disgusting is that? But did you know that allergies to dust mites are actually to dust mite poop? Ewwww!

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Jul
02
2015

Incredible Nut-Free Ice Cream Cake

Never Buy a Store Bought Ice Cream Cake Again!

Make this incredible nut- and peanut-free cake for less than $15!

I'm not lying when I say this nut-free cake has totally changed my life. Both my kids love ice cream cakes, but I've always been really nervous about buying them anywhere because of my son's tree nut and peanut allergies. With this super easy recipe, you'll be an ice cream cake superstar in less than 15 minutes for under $15. Awesome, right?

I use Chapman's ice cream (the stuff in the box) because it's nut- and peanut-free, but if allergies aren't a concern for you, go wild!

Ingredients

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Jul
02
2015
SickKids' Allergy Program Aims to Eliminate Allergies

Fatal allergic reactions are a very real, very terrifying possibility for nearly 300,000 Canadian families. With the prime allergens causing anaphylaxis being nuts, eggs, milk and insects, every day activities can feel overwhelmingly stressful when working to avoid deadly reactions. Allergies interrupt our lives, they're intrusive and annoying (believe me when I tell you I'm mad I can't eat peanut butter, too).

Allergies get in the way of everything.

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