This great basket contains peanut and nut free snacks, a $5 Amazon site coupon, a portable phone charger, a stress ball, and pens and pencils from Darlington. To learn more about Darlington snacks, visit their site here.
Guest Blog by Iris Shamus, Founder and CEO of AllerMates
Did you know that physicians recommend two shots of epinephrine be carried at all times?
This is not because the pharmaceutical companies tell them to say that, but rather because two auto-injectors are truly a must-have for kids with food allergies and other severe allergies which could make the difference between life and death. In fact, a study done a few years ago found that of the 150-200 deaths caused by anaphylaxis each year, a delayed or inadequate dose of epinephrine is most often to blame!
Before I get into why it’s important, let me introduce myself. My name is Iris Shamus, and I’m the founder of a company called AllerMates. More importantly, I’m the mother of a son with multiple, life threatening food allergies whose diagnosis inspired me to create our line of medical alert bracelets, charms, medicine cases and more. Our mission at AllerMates is to provide parents simple, friendly and reliable resources to help kids understand allergies and other health concerns, so naturally, epinephrine news is a hot topic of conversation within our team!
If you’re wondering why two shot of epinephrine are needed for kids with food allergies, here are four situations to consider:
The bottom line is that no one should find themselves in any of these situations without an extra dose of epinephrine, so be sure to have two in reach of your child at all times. It will provide the best line of defense in the event of a severe allergic reaction and help you protect your kid as best as you can before getting expert medical attention.
To comfortably and conveniently carry two doses of epinephrine, grab one our AllerMates medicine cases and attach it to backpacks, lunch bags or strollers. Each case also comes with a handy emergency contact and allergy medication card so kids can stay protected on-the-go! These cases can be found in our online store, or in select CVS stores across the country in the cold and allergy aisle!
All the best,
P.S. If epinephrine and anaphylaxis are two important topics for you, sign up to receive our AllerMates newsletter. Every month, we’ll send the latest news, product updates and allergy-friendly product reviews directly to your inbox!
Iris Shamus Wife, mother to three awesome kids and founder/CEO of AllerMates. Based in New York, Iris and her team create helpful content, answer emails, ship their products and obsess every day about keeping kids safe.
We are happy to host a great giveaway from MadeGood. 10 winners will be selected to receive 6 boxes each of MadeGood granola snacks. To learn more about their products, please visit their website.
Guest Blog by Sue Lein, Owner & Camp Director at Camp Emerson
If you’re the parent of a child with food allergies, I’m betting that you prepare all of her meals. You do this so that you know her meals will be safe. Class trips, sleepovers and parties make you very nervous, right? And summer camp, well, that’s never been possible... But what if it was?!
Summer camp is an opportunity for independence and growth. Whether you go to a local day camp or an overnight program, it’s a time when kids can be carefree and indulge in laughs and friends. I promise that your child can have this too. Summer camps are in the business of keeping up with kids and supporting families. They are well aware that there are an increasing number of children with life threatening food allergies. You’ll find many places that will work hard to listen to your needs and to prepare your child’s food safely.
To ensure the program is right for you and your child, make a list of requirements and questions. There are plenty of things to keep in mind. Ask if they’ve ever handled children with peanut or tree nut allergies. Some camps will expressly talk about their support and have a kitchen staff professionally trained in cross contamination and segregated food preparation. Get a copy of the camp menu and discuss substitutions. Find out who would handle your son’s food. Your son should be able to read any label before he eats something – that’s what you’ve taught him right? When you speak with the Camp Director, get names of campers with food allergies that have been to the camp. Learn about their epi-pen policy, staff training, medical staff, emergency plans and communication.
Your input is critical to a successful experience. Give the program a copy of your Food Allergy Action Plan. Make sure they have up-to-date medical records, medication and a history of any reactions. Tell the camp about your child’s typical meals and offer to provide food if needed. I also highly recommend visiting the camp ahead of time with your child to review how it will all work.
Ask a lot of questions and, only if you are satisfied, take the step to send her to camp. While you are worried about your child, remember she is also nervous. One of the most important things you can do is to tell your daughter that you have confidence that the camp will prepare her food just like you would and she will be safe. Conveying your trust is key to her success.
A positive camp experience will mean so much to your child but also to you. Knowing that you can trust someone to care for your child can be the first step towards future independence. There comes a day when all parents let go of their children. With peanut and tree nut allergies, you may have thought that would come much later, but why not now? It would mean so much to your child and to you!
For a more detailed list of questions for the camp, email Sue Lein at email@example.com.
I am the Owner & Camp Director of Camp Emerson in Massachusetts. Camp Emerson is an overnight summer camp for boys and girls age 7-15 and they are peanut, tree-nut, shellfish and sesame free. Camp Emerson is not just a camp for children with food allergies but we support many, many of them including children with up to 12 anaphylactic allergies and Celiac Disease. Children travel from all over the US and the world because of their expertise. I am allergic to eggs, so I get it! I have made it my mission to help children with food allergies enjoy camp and be themselves without worrying about the food. Our camp experience helps the children reduce their anxiety about their food allergies, meet peers who share their experiences and gives them an opportunity to demonstrate their independence. I also employ young adults as staff with food allergies.
For more information about Camp Emerson go to:
http://www.campemerson.com/, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-782-3395.
Allergy Superheroes is excited to offer a 10% discount to all No Nuts Moms Group members and followers! Use code NONUTS2015 at checkout! We believe that everybody has a weakness, even superheroes. Just having a food allergy doesn't make a child any less super! We sell products to Empower and Protect allergic kids of all ages!
On October 3-4 the Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly (GFAF) Expo will take over the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, NJ. The GFAF Expos are the largest and fastest growing special diet consumer events in the US. The event will allow attendees to sample hundreds of gluten-free products, receive coupons and discounted products available for purchase, attend informative classes related to the gluten and allergen-free lifestyle, and meet their favorite food manufacturers, authors and bloggers.
All vendors at the Expo are 100% gluten free, and many will also showcase products free from the top eight allergens. The event also features a dedicated area for nut-free products. The Expo attracts the celiac community, those with gluten sensitivities, autoimmune/inflammatory diseases and autism. Athletes and the health conscious also benefit from the Expo.
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This giveaway runs through August 31, 2015. Ten winners will be announced on September 1, 2015.
Nutfreewear is one of our favorite companies and we are honored to host another giveaway from them. This fall giveaway includes a bag, t-shirt, tattoos and "No Nuts Here" food flags.
This giveaway runs through Tuesday, September 29, 2015. One lucky winner will be announced via Facebook on September 30th. To learn more about nutfreewear, visit their website here. For more information regarding this giveaway, please see the Rafflecopter giveaway link. Good luck!
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