Tagged: food allergy

IBS – dietary advice to calm your gut – book


Our new book IBS dietary advice to calm your gut was published last week. We wrote the book to provide information about diet and living well with IBS.  [Look at talkhealth‘s freebies page with a chance to win a copy … Continue reading


Food Allergies – Allergens in unexpected places



For some of us, eating or being exposed to certain types of food can cause our immune systems to act abnormally. Some of the most common allergic reactions to food can include an itchy mouth, outbreaks of hives or eczema, … Continue reading


The Problem with Nuts


Well, to be honest, it is not nuts that are the problem, it is the confusion arising from the laudable efforts of regulators and manufacturers to improve allergen labelling for the benefit of allergic consumers. But, nuts being at the … Continue reading


Allergies: Eating out in Edinburgh


Allergies: Eating out in Edinburgh

Plans for the big Scottish Adventure began to take shape earlier this year as we realised how many years have gone by since we last visited and MyItchyBoy could no longer remember going. A train was booked, accommodation sorted and … Continue reading


Food allergies: How to deal with kid’s parties


Dealing with allergies at birthday parties

We have yet another birthday party coming up. I don’t know the parents – or even the child particularly, so we’re instantly on allergy alert. Here’s our list of things to think about when the invite arrives: MyItchyBoy is now … Continue reading


Packing an everyday bag for your allergy child


Taking antihistamines out

We have a bag for MyItchyBoy that goes everywhere with him.  Over the past few years we’ve learned the essentials we need to keep in there. Ask your local pharmacy if they can sell you a small medicine bottle. Ours … Continue reading


Preparing for your child’s Allergy Appointment


How to prepare for your child’s Allergy Appointment Check your appointment letter to see whether there will be any tests done on the day – skin prick or blood test. Also check if and when you need to stop giving … Continue reading


The Invisibility Cloak


I didn’t gain weight accidentally.  I didnt gain weight because I simply couldn’t resist the chocolate or couln’t be bothered to exercise. I didn’t gain weight by having my four children. It didn’t creep up on me.  I gained weight … Continue reading


Eczema: guilt-ridden, relentless helicoptering!


Hard to relax with eczema kids

There has been much talk over the years of allergy parents being forced to become the much-mocked ‘helicopter’ parent out of necessity and panic over their child.  Watching everything your child eats and touches and is given to avoid an … Continue reading


10 Tips for Travelling with an Allergic Child


Travelling with an Allergic child

Here are my top 10 tips for travelling with an allergic child that I wanted to share after our experience of MyItchyBoy having an allergic reaction on holiday this summer: 1. Agree beforehand who is best equipped to deal with … Continue reading


Allergic Reaction on Holiday


MyItchyBoy in France

Finding somewhere to take an atopic child on holiday is hard. For MyItchyBoy, it’s not just the food allergies, but eczema too. We have to find somewhere not too remote (proximity to medical services and availability of food), somewhere not … Continue reading


Will my son make a great pharmacist one day?


MyItchyBoy’s arms and legs are itchy and sore and it seems nothing we are doing is helping. Our last appointment with the dermatologist, lots of scary-sounding solutions were brought up.  Since then, he’s been on a two month course of steroids.  … Continue reading


Welcome to the food allergy Smug Zone


Children food

Oh yes, it is possible to be a smug allergy parent.  Not often, I’ll agree, but possible. Usually eating out for our family is fraught with hours or days of planning, menu scanning and waiter interrogation.  However, there is one … Continue reading


Food allergies at Christmas – 5 ways to trip up


Father Christmas

Christmas is a great time of year for kids.  Fact. Christmas is a bit trickier for kids with allergies.  Fact. Here are my top five obstacles to be tackled in the run up to Christmas for MyItchyBoy: 1. Advent calendar … Continue reading


Instant way to get more calcium in your dairy free child


Getting dairy free child to drink more calcium

Yes, there is an instant way! MyItchyBoy was given this straw in a party bag at the weekend. This is the best thing he’s seen in ages it seems. Plus, it has magic powers. Amazing! Want your dairy-free child to … Continue reading


Choosing a school for an allergic child


Starting school with nut allergy

This post is inspired by a post by Nutmums.com. This time last year we were busy trying to sorting out a school place for MyItchyBoy before the January deadline.  I know there are allergy parents out there right now worrying … Continue reading


How quick is your morning routine?


School t-shirt

Do you know how quickly 4 year olds can get dressed? Did you know they can get dressed by themselves? This wa s all a bit of a revelation for me last week.  We stayed with friends who have a … Continue reading


Bananas, Pineapples and Eczema


Does Pineapple make eczema worse? For a couple of years now, MyItchyBoy has been eating and enjoying dried pineapple.  It never seemed to cause a problem for his eczema.  Or did it? He’d usually have the crispy type of dried … Continue reading


Allergies and eczema: starting school


So, over the next couple of weeks, we are going through all the necessary preparations for school.  MyItchyBoy starts this September but not before I seriously get my act together (I hope!). MyItchyBoy at school Prior to the end of … Continue reading


Summer Sports Camp


Sports bag

Over the first two weeks of the summer holidays, MyItchyBoy spent 5 days at a local sports camp.  The 5 days were spread over the fortnight as he is still only 4 yrs and I figured that with such a … Continue reading


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