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5 Key Ways to Improve Co-Parenting Your Child with Food Allergies: Part 2 of 3

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In Part 1 of this series, we discussed the “why” and “how” of co-parents getting on the same page when it comes to a child’s food allergies. In Parts 2 and 3, we continue the “how” with some help from Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs comes from Abraham Maslow’s work in developmental […]

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5 Key Ways to Improve Co-Parenting Your Child with Food Allergies: Part 1 of 3

Posted 3 CommentsPosted in Food allergies, Lauren Grossbach

The Isolating Struggles Any parent who has a child with food allergies can tell you what a challenging experience it is. The constant fear of harm, anxiety about contamination/contact, accommodations that need to be made for safety, and more, take a toll on the food allergy parent. While other children are picking their favorite foods […]

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7 Ways to Take the Trauma Out of Epinephrine Use During an Anaphylactic Reaction

Posted 1 CommentPosted in Anxiety, Fawn McNeil-Haber, Food allergies

As a food allergy parent, one of your biggest fears may be an anaphylactic reaction. Rightly so,  these multi-system, life-threatening reactions to an allergen create a chain reaction in the body. The immune system releases a flood of chemicals that can compromise the functioning of bodily organs.  As a food allergy parent myself, this sounds […]

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8 Tips to Become a Less Stressed Food Allergy Parent (Part 4 of 4)

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In our previous blog, we talked about helping teens with food allergies and anxiety. In this fourth, and final blog in the series, we will be discussing how stress goes hand in hand with being a food allergy parent.  You worry about food, checking ingredient lists, accidental exposures, healthy eating, and cross contamination.  You worry […]

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Food Allergies and Anxiety (Part 3 of 4): Helping Teens

Posted 4 CommentsPosted in Anxiety, Fawn McNeil-Haber, Food allergies, Teens, Uncategorized

Last time, we talked about young children with food allergy related anxiety.  In this third article in our series, we look at teens with food allergies who start to experience heightened anxiety.  Adolescence is full of changes and adjustments that create additional stress for teens.  Peer dynamics shift, thinking becomes more complicated, and teens crave […]

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Food Allergies and Anxiety (Part 2 of 4): Helping Young Children

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In the first part of our series, we discussed what anxiety related to food allergies may look like.   This time, we look at the unique ways elementary school children show anxiety and how to help. Signs of anxiety in young children Repeated reports of headaches, stomachaches and other physical pains Clinginess including unwillingness to separate […]

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Food Allergies and Anxiety Series (Part 1 of 4): What does anxiety look like?

Posted 4 CommentsPosted in Anxiety, Fawn McNeil-Haber, Food allergies, Uncategorized

Living with food allergies is like entering an alternate reality. You continue to live right next to everyone else, yet your whole experience has changed.  Most of those around you cannot completely understand the fears that occupy you daily.  Fears that one wrong morsel could create a life-threatening reaction.  It doesn’t end there.  Navigating this alternative […]