News from the Allergy Summit…

On August 8th 2014, the first National Allergy Summit took place in Sydney. It’s aim… to improve Australia’s treatment of allergic diseases with the creation of a National Allergy Strategy. Maria Said (President of Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia) gave a very interesting interview with ABC News leading up to the summit. Initial outcomes from the Allergy Summit agreed to the need for a National Allergy Strategy going forward which will be worked on over the next 6 months and an implementation meeting will be held in April 2015. Read all about it here. This is all looking very positive for a consistent, strategic future for our little one’s that live daily with severe food allergies.

Empower Your Child

Educating and giving your child knowledge and information about their severe food allergies is the best way to empower them to feel safe and to be safe in all their daily activities. This article is a great resource of information. Couldn’t have said it better… We have introduced & practiced these with Oliver since he was very little… The earlier these are introduced and practiced… the sooner these actions become second nature and the norm for your child…

Oliver’s Baked Egg Challenge

Oliver blogged about his visit to the allergist recently. He hadn’t been to the allergist for a couple of years so we weren’t sure what to expect. We had some surprises that visit and some new information. One change was that even though Oliver’s egg Skin Prick Test (SPT) was 28 mm (very high) research has shown that if you have a ovomucoid SPT of < 11 mm then there is a good chance that you might be able to tolerate baked egg. Oliver’s ovomucoid SPT was 6 mm… so we left that appoinment excited and with renewed enthusiasmn that there was something positive that we could work towards with Oliver and his severe food allergies. We were going to do a baked egg challenge…

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Going to the Allergist…

So on Thursday Oliver says to me… Only 1 more sleep! Only 1 more sleep to what, I ask? Oliver explains… only 1 more sleep to my allergist appointment…

It’s been 2 years since we have gone to the allergist. It’s been a long, pleasant break as before that we were unfortunately at the allergist way too many times due to consistent anaphylactic reactions that Oliver had over that period. 5 to be exact over a couple of years. Too many… And Oliver could remember them all. But it’s interesting how resilient children are…. how once they have a reprieve from their reactions, how quickly they can heal and forget…

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FAW – Day 5 – Carrying my medical bag everywhere I go…

Today I have had to carry my medical bag to lots of different places all over our school all day because it was Green Day today. Green Day is such a special day as we get to have all our lessons outside, all day, mixed into different groups. Today was the absolute best day to have Green Day because the weather was like a hot Spring day even though it is Autumn. Every Green Day the school separates into 12 different groups and goes to 2 activities before morning tea and 2 activities before lunch. The activities are stationed all over our beautiful, big school. For example some of the activities could be paper mache at the Early Learning Centre, and then you swap with a group and for example go on the Enviro Walk, which takes you to the Enviro area on the other side of the school in the Middle School area. Another activity is collecting bark, leaves and sticks and using glue, paper and some paints to create pictures of garden scenes or trees on the paper.

Enviro Art

Another activity was planting seeds in paper containers that we decorated at another corner of the school. It was so great that I could participate in all the activities and have so much fun with my friends. In my little blue medical bag, I carry all my medical equipment. I have my EpiPen, my antihistamine, my Anaphylactic Action Plan, my ventolin puffer, my ventolin spacer, and my wipes. It was a fantastic and fun day today for so many reasons but best of all I didn’t need my medical bag at all today. I hope I never do but it is always important to still carry my medical bag with me everywhere I go as I have unfortunately needed it many times before. And it has been a life saver.

Medical bag

FAW – Day 3 – Reading Labels Copy

It is so important to always read labels. If you have food allergies or if you are buying a food for an allergy friend, you must ALWAYS read and understand what is in the product. Always read labels and ingredient lists. Even if it is a product that you have eaten before. Ingredients in a product can sometimes change without warning. If you don’t understand the name of an ingredient look it up or don’t use it. Ingredients have many different names. For example in a product containing dairy, the dairy ingredient might be listed as: Ammonium caseinate, butter, calcium caseinate, casein delactosed whey, lactoalbumin, hydrolysed casein and many other names.

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FAW – Day 3 – Reading Labels

It is so important to always read labels. If you have food allergies or if you are buying a food for an allergy friend, you must ALWAYS read and understand what is in the product. Always read labels and ingredient lists. Even if it is a product that you have eaten before. Ingredients in a product can sometimes change without warning. If you don’t understand the name of an ingredient look it up or don’t use it. Ingredients have many different names. For example in a product containing dairy, the dairy ingredient might be listed as: Ammonium caseinate, butter, calcium caseinate, casein delactosed whey, lactoalbumin, hydrolysed casein and many other names.

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Food Allergy Week – Day 2 Copy

Unfortunately there is no cure (yet) for anaphylactic food allergies.  Avoidance of the allergen is essential and the first line of defence. Complacency is not allowed. Education is key. When a reaction occurs it is crucial that we know how to respond in an emergency. We must always plan for this and be ready. Carry x2 EpiPens and your medication everywhere you go, have your Action Plan for Anaphylaxis up to date and with you, know the signs of a reaction, take ACTION immediately when a reaction occurs and know how to use an EpiPen. Watch this to learn how to use an EpiPen Adrenaline Auto-injector or to refresh your knowledge. Knowing how to administer an EpiPen could save a person’s life.

Food Allergy Week – Day 2

Unfortunately there is no cure (yet) for anaphylactic food allergies.  Avoidance of the allergen is essential and the first line of defence. Complacency is not allowed. Education is key. When a reaction occurs it is crucial that we know how to respond in an emergency. We must always plan for this and be ready. Carry x2 EpiPens and your medication everywhere you go, have your Action Plan for Anaphylaxis up to date and with you, know the signs of a reaction, take ACTION immediately when a reaction occurs and know how to use an EpiPen. Watch this to learn how to use an EpiPen Adrenaline Auto-injector or to refresh your knowledge. Knowing how to administer an EpiPen could save a person’s life.