If your child has a milk allergy, here are some very practical tips for helping them to be safe at school. The main message is to get teachers, other parents, your child’s friends and the school nurse involved, and plan strategies ahead of time so your child doesn’t feel left out when it comes time for pizza and ice cream celebrations.
Below are five high risk dairy foods and situations that occur quite often in most school settings. I’ve included an explanation of the challenges along with some ideas to help you and your milk allergic kid navigate this milk minefield.
The Rochester Red Wings will always be winners in our book. Frontier Field is now the only baseball stadium in the country (that we know of) to offer a peanut and tree nut-free seating section. Fans with these types of food allergies are very appreciative of the new seating section.
The Canadian Transportation Agency recently conducted a study to find out if there is a risk of anaphylaxis due to inhalation or skin contact with peanut, nut or sesame seed allergens, and found there was little or no risk due to anything besides ingestion. However the Agency still recommends buffer zones around passengers with nut allergies.
Despite fears the mere presence of a peanut on a plane could inflame allergies, a Transportation Ministry inquiry has found "limited risk" anything other than actually ingesting a nut will cause an anaphylactic reaction.
The probe, quietly released last month, recommends continuing with measures like in-flight allergic buffer zones because of the "serious health implications" in the event of a reaction.
But the report says it's "noteworthy" that none of the airlines consulted reported any anaphylactic incidents due to peanut, nut or sesame seed allergies.
Day to day living can be dangerous enough for those with serious food allergies, but when you add international travel to the mix, it can be even more challenging. Read about an Irish mother who tried her best to keep her son safe while traveling in France, and was smart enough to administer an EpiPen when he unknowingly ate hazelnuts. We are fortunate that the EATA was passed by the New York state legislature to allow the stocking of EpiPens in all public venues as this mother recommends, but we are still waiting for Gov. Cuomo’s signature.
Arlene Harris recounts a terrifying moment when her son went into anaphylactic shock and argues adrenaline pens should be available in public places
By Arlene Harris August 2nd, 2016
We have just returned from a three week tour around Europe which for the main part was an incredible experience — travelling from Rome to Madrid by train and stopping in various places along the way, it all went off without a hitch — apart from the very serious issue of a language barrier relating to a medical condition.
Never underestimate the power and determination of mothers with children who have life-threatening food allergies. Lesley Solomon of Boston decided to take matters into her own hands after her son dangerously failed a milk allergy test in his doctor’s office. She was dismayed to find out there weren’t better ways to diagnose food allergies and how relatively little was being spent on research into a life-threatening affliction. So she galvanized the help of others in the same situation, and so far they have raised $10 million to fund the Food Allergy Science Initiative at the Broad Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Lesley Solomon sat up all night in her son’s hospital room, reading, searching for answers. Her 6-year-old had just been rushed, gasping for air, to the emergency room after flunking a milk-allergy test in his doctor’s office.