A brown belt for Big Guy – not that it’s important
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It was testing week in karate and, as usual, Big Guy was under the gun. Not as much as he used to be, when he didn’t have a clue and had to frantically cram, but …

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Kids and Allergies: The best egg-free sugar cookie ever
Friday, 31 Oct, 2008 – 0:32 | Comments Off
Kids and Allergies: The best egg-free sugar cookie ever

It’s crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside. Big Guy loves them, and Little Guy proclaims them “the most malicious cookie ever.”
The only down side to this cookie, adapted from Martha Stewart’s …

Kids and Allergies: Egg-free honey-wheat dinner rolls
Sunday, 26 Oct, 2008 – 1:17 | Comments Off
Kids and Allergies: Egg-free honey-wheat dinner rolls

Mawmaw would be stunned if she could see her dinner roll recipe now.
Over the years I’ve crunchified it, substituting whole-wheat flour for half the white, swapped honey for part of the sugar and de-egged …

Kids and Allergies: Garlic-free cheese crackers
Sunday, 26 Oct, 2008 – 0:55 | Comments Off
Kids and Allergies: Garlic-free cheese crackers

Disclaimer: There is no reason for a sane person to make crackers.
CheezIts are garlic-free, though you can’t tell from the mysterious “spices” listed on the ingredients if Cheese Nips are.
Parmesan Goldfish are garlic-free, and plain …

Kids and Allergies: Cranberry-Oat Cereal Bars
Friday, 24 Oct, 2008 – 1:32 | Comments Off
Kids and Allergies: Cranberry-Oat Cereal Bars

Once in a while easy is nice, and this Cranberry-Oat Cereal Bar recipe I found through Martha Stewart’s Cookie of the Day newsletter is easy on two levels.
For one, it was egg-free to begin with, …

CDC study finds 3 million other Big Guys out there
Wednesday, 22 Oct, 2008 – 11:38 | Comments Off
CDC study finds 3 million other Big Guys out there

This is Big Guy’s life:

He’s had cake at a birthday party only once other than at a celebration for him or his brother. And that was because a friend took extra pains to include him.
For …

Kids and Allergies: Not so fast on tossing the baby wipes
Wednesday, 22 Oct, 2008 – 1:30 | Comments Off
Kids and Allergies: Not so fast on tossing the baby wipes

I’m near the end of five years of diapers — Little Guy’s still on precautionary Pull-Ups at night but he won’t be for much longer — and thought that would mean I could wipe wipes …

Kids and Allergies: Peanut butter and the field trip
Saturday, 18 Oct, 2008 – 1:53 | Comments Off
Kids and Allergies: Peanut butter and the field trip

A friend passed along this forum posting today, from the files of “things you don’t think of until everything’s screwed up.”
A mom whose first-grader is contact-allergic to peanut — that means he can have a …

Kids and Allergies: Egg-free pumpkin muffins
Friday, 17 Oct, 2008 – 0:24 | Comments Off
Kids and Allergies: Egg-free pumpkin muffins

Really, we do eat things other than muffins. It’s just that they’re so breakfast-y and snack-y and easy that we’ve been on a kick lately.
This recipe in particular holds a special place in my heart. …

Parents can have big impact on little people with asthma
Tuesday, 14 Oct, 2008 – 11:13 | Comments Off
Parents can have big impact on little people with asthma

Once, and only once, did I consider backing off Big Guy’s asthma treatment.
He’d just turned 2 and was having a comfortable, wheeze-free summer. He’d been undergoing twice-daily treatments of Albuterol and Pulmicort through the nebulizer …

Product review: Garlic-free ketchup and mustard
Saturday, 11 Oct, 2008 – 15:53 | Comments Off
Product review: Garlic-free ketchup and mustard

Here’s where the allergic life gets weird:I’ve been making ketchup and mustard for almost two years, ever since Big Guy’s garlic allergy was diagnosed.
Let me rephrase that: I’ve been trying to make ketchup and …

Kids and Allergies Sweet Treat Friday: Apple muffins
Friday, 10 Oct, 2008 – 2:01 | Comments Off
Kids and Allergies Sweet Treat Friday: Apple muffins

These easily qualify as breakfast. Stuff with fruit and oatmeal, they’re hearty and not overly sweet. Even with the icing and sprinkles the guys demand.
I usually make a double batch — one for now, one …

Kids and Allergies: Peanut-free treats aplenty at Panhandle Premium
Tuesday, 7 Oct, 2008 – 1:03 | Comments Off
Kids and Allergies: Peanut-free treats aplenty at Panhandle Premium

I ran across Panhandle Premium two years ago during a particularly bad allergy spate.
Big Guy had just been diagnosed allergic to garlic, thus eliminating many favorite foods. He definitely mourned the loss. I eventually …

Kids and Allergies: Sweet treat Friday: Pumpkin ice cream
Friday, 3 Oct, 2008 – 0:51 | Comments Off
Kids and Allergies: Sweet treat Friday: Pumpkin ice cream

What’s that line from “The Big Chill” about rationalizations being more important than sex?
I rationalize a lot about this recipe, conveniently ignoring the sugar and heavy cream and focusing instead on the healthful Vitamin A …

Kids and Allergies: How Kellogg could have killed a kid
Thursday, 2 Oct, 2008 – 1:20 | 2 Comments
Kids and Allergies: How Kellogg could have killed a kid

There’s a certain irony in the fact that when I clicked on the Kellog’s SpecialK Web site tonight to see what I might have missed in its ingredient label, a popup appeared asking me to complete a customer satisfaction survey.

Oh, I’d love to!

Turns out they wanted to know how well the Web page worked for me, not how satisfied I was with the product.

Since they weren’t interested in my input then, I’ll put it out here now.

Simply put, a Special K Chocolately Drizzle bar made Big Guy very sick Monday. It might have killed him if his teacher hadn’t rushed him to the school nurse after she noticed tell-tale hives march across his face roughly 10 minutes after he ate one.

Kids and Allergies product review: Florida’s Natural Au’some Fruit Juice Sour String
Friday, 26 Sep, 2008 – 19:13 | Comments Off

WHAT: Florida’s Natural Au’some Fruit Juice Sour String
WHAT: Dye-free and peanut safe. Also free of tree nuts, gluten and fat. Also Kosher.
THE APPEAL: A cousin introduced the guys to sugar-coated gummy worms recently and, of …

Kids and Allergies Sweet treat Friday: Egg-free banana cupcakes
Friday, 26 Sep, 2008 – 19:13 | Comments Off

This is another popular pick in our house that’s healthful enough that I sometimes let the guys get away with having it for breakfast. Like the banana pound cake I posted a few weeks back, …

Kids and Allergies: Canada looks at stepped-up labeling laws
Friday, 26 Sep, 2008 – 19:13 | Comments Off

While we debate the meaning of “may contain” versus “manufactured in a facility” in this country, our neighbors to the north are considering far stricter food labeling laws.
A key to the Canadian plan, according to …

Kids and Allergies sweet treat Friday: Egg-free blueberry cream muffins
Thursday, 25 Sep, 2008 – 14:39 | Comments Off

I’ve been in love with this blueberry muffin recipe for so long that, other than substituting for eggs, I’ve left it in its pristine, fat-laden state and skipped my usual evil mommy tricks aimed at …

Organic, allergen-free — but pricey — treats now available
Tuesday, 9 Sep, 2008 – 16:59 | Comments Off

I recently found myself vaulted full-time into the “more time than money” category, and even before I wound up there, I would have balked at spending five bucks for a half-dozen cookies. The way the …

Peanut-free table for one, please
Thursday, 4 Sep, 2008 – 17:02 | 2 Comments

I’d never understood the primal maternal instinct to claw out another kid’s eyes — until yesterday.
Big Guy’s Mommy Day Care shuttle arrived at his school before he had finished lunch, so I sat down with …

Product review: SunButter sunflower seed butter
Wednesday, 3 Sep, 2008 – 17:10 | Comments Off

PRODUCT: SunButter sunflower seed butter
PROBLEM IT SOLVES: Peanut butter substitute produced in a peanut-free, tree nut-free plant. It’s gluten-free as well.

COST: $5.14 to $10.05 for 16 ounces, according to a Google search. Available in …

Time in New England could be best for kids with allergies, based on a new report
Tuesday, 2 Sep, 2008 – 17:11 | Comments Off

If you live in Connecticut, New Jersey, Vermont, Rhode Island, Massachusetts or Washington, consider yourself lucky.
According to a new report from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation, those are the states on this year’s honor roll …

In some cases, peanut bans needed at schools
Monday, 1 Sep, 2008 – 17:14 | Comments Off

Here’s reason No. 5,731 teen-agers scare the crap out of me:
A 14-year-old boy died at school in Australia two years ago after classmates dared him to eat a peanut.
Think playground taunts of the food allergic …

Sweet treat Friday: Egg-free chocolate biscotti
Friday, 29 Aug, 2008 – 17:15 | Comments Off

This is adapted from Martha Stewart’s Cookie of the Day, a service that’s expanded my baking horizons and will no doubt expand my hips, too, unless I unsubscribe. I think I’ll keep it around, though.
Most …

Kids and Allergies: Generic Zyrtec — at last
Thursday, 28 Aug, 2008 – 6:28 | 2 Comments

Coming to a discount retailer near you — or, at least, me: Generic Zyrtec for children!

I saw the syrup with my own eyes at Target today. Unfortunately, Big Guy views “swallow pills” as a mark of maturity and disdains syrup as baby stuff. But where there’s syrup, tablets couldn’t be too far behind.

We’ve loved Zyrtec from afar for the past year. I had to give it up last summer and switch Big Guy back to Claritin after our insurer dropped Zyrtec from its formulary. I hated to do it — Zyrtec worked far better for him — but at $50 a month, I simply couldn’t afford it.

I considered going back to Zyrtec when it went over the counter at the beginning of the year, but it still was pricey.

Now, though, there’s hope

Food labels inadequate — no kidding!
Wednesday, 27 Aug, 2008 – 17:17 | Comments Off

I have no idea why I keep reading labels on foods I know I’ll never be able to buy — allergy-induced obsessive-compulsive disorder, I suppose.
Like this morning, when I stood in the salad dressing aisle …

Easy egg-free chicken nuggets, fish sticks
Tuesday, 26 Aug, 2008 – 17:19 | Comments Off

The problem with Big Guy and store-bought fish sticks and nuggets is not so much the egg, but the ubiquitous garlic. And the problem with garlic is manufacturers don’t have to note it on ingredient …

Kids and Allergies: Girding for the fight at school that didn’t happen
Monday, 25 Aug, 2008 – 9:04 | Comments Off

I spent all summer before Big Guy started kindergarten frantically researching the Americans with Disabilities Act and its implications for people with allergies and asthma.

I checked with the school nurse early and often, making sure she had all the records, medications, forms and instructions she needed.

I told her Big Guy needed to be segregated in the cafeteria, and they were so conscientious about making that happen that the assistant principal herself took lunch duty the first day to make sure all staff knew who Big Guy was and where he was to sit. They already had “peanut free zone” placards made up for “his table.”

The one area that threw me: Classroom snacks. I wasn’t aware of this as a possible issue until the new student orientation the night before