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Food allergies impact the lives of millions of children. This podcast series is for food allergy parents and caregivers that need a bit of advice and support from someone who understand their struggle. Hosted by Sue, an everyday Midwestern mom whose teenaged sons have food allergies, Parenting Food Allergies will cover the questions and issues that food allergy parents face on a daily basis as their child grows up.

Sue understands food allergies from a few different angles. One of her sons has had food allergies since infancy while the other developed a serious allergy at 18 years and within weeks of leaving for college. Because of this, Sue will weave in stories of her family’s experiences, both good and bad, into the episodes. Sue’s three kids (Joe, the life-long allergic child and a 13-year-old semi-professional actor; Tom, the newly allergic college kid; and Mary, the “lucky” non-allergic child) will occasionally contribute to the discussions as will her husband Kevin, other parents and of course experts within the field.

A few of the topics you can expect to hear about are: diagnosis, starting school, going to parties, people not “getting it”, bullying, food allergies in the news, research, cooking, eating out and psychological aspects…a whole lot of psychological aspects.

Feel free to contact Sue if you have topics or issue you would like to hear about!

Parenting Food Allergies…from a mom who knows.
42 Episodes
In the last few weeks, the hurricane disaster has affected millions of people including hundreds of thousands of food allergic people. Today, Sue and Caroline Moassessi – The Grateful Foodie – share several ways you can help those impacted by Hurricane's Harvey and Irma. Having both endured several disasters including wildfires, floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, and blizzards, the... The post Hurricane Assistance for Food Allergy Families and Disaster Preparedness appeared first on Parenting Food Allergies.
It is back to school time! For parents of food allergic kids, it is often a scary time. One of the best ways to help alleviate that fear is to obtain a Section 504 Plan for your child. On this episode of the Parenting Food Allergies Podcast, Sue and guest Amelia Smith Murphree, in-house counsel... The post Section 504 Plans and School-Aged Food Allergic Children appeared first on Parenting Food Allergies.
Role models are important for all young people. When those influencers happen to be a food allergic young adult and her college bestie, then exciting things happen for the food allergy community. Today, Sue welcomes role models Amanda Orlando and Joella Almeida onto the show to share their friendship journey and give details about their... The post Meet the young creators of Everyday Allergen-Free lifestyle site appeared first on Parenting Food Allergies.
Imagine having a dog who could sniff out minute amounts of allergens in your child's everyday life? Ciara Gavin, a former Air Force K-9 Handler and founder of Allergen Detection Service Dogs, has been training dogs to do just that for nearly a decade. Today Ciara joins Sue to discuss food allergen detection dogs and what... The post Food Allergy Fido: Food Allergen Service Dogs appeared first on Parenting Food Allergies.
Food allergy related tragedies have dominated the news and social media these last few weeks. On this episode, Sue and Caroline Moassessi openly discussion how these losses have impacted their lives and how they've learned to manage their fears while continuing to follow these important stories. They share why they deeply respect the grieving families... The post Food Allergy Tragedies: Two moms deal with emotions while learning from and honoring those lost to fatal anaphylaxis appeared first on Parenting Food Allergies.
Having a child with a chronic condition such as food allergies can create lots of strain in a home. Many of us are fortunate to share the responsibility with a partner but keeping one's relationship strong takes work. Lots of work! Today, Sue and her husband Kevin discuss eight core things they've done to maintain... The post Love & Marriage: 8 Ways to Maintain a Strong Relationship while Raising Food Allergy Kids appeared first on Parenting Food Allergies.
Celiac disease and food allergies are often confused, but they are very different. Today, Harvard's pediatric gastroenterologist, Dr. Dascha Weir joins the show to explain the difference between celiac disease, gluten intolerance, gluten sensitivity, and wheat allergy. Dr. Weir also answers many questions regarding common symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, research of celiac disease. Questions include: What... The post Celiac Disease and Food Allergies, What’s the difference? appeared first on Parenting Food Allergies.
Reading food allergy labels is not only important, it is vital to living safely with food allergies. But sometimes consumers need to do more than just read the label. Today Sue and guest Caroline Moassessi, Grateful Foodie blogger and Allergic Living product editor, discuss how to accurately understand food labels and how to contact a manufacturer... The post Hey Mabel, how do I read a food allergy label? appeared first on Parenting Food Allergies.
Traveling the world with food allergies presents itself with a whole set of challenges. But seeing the Grand Canyon, Leaning Tower of Pisa or the Arc de Triomphe is not only possible; it can be easier than you think. All it takes is a well-crafted plan. Sue recently returned from an extended trip abroad. With... The post Vacation all I ever wanted: Food Allergy Travel Tips appeared first on Parenting Food Allergies.
Summer camp is often the first time a food allergy child is away from home. The prospect of being separated and having a stranger prepare food causes much anxiety for food allergy families. These fears can be eased by carefully selecting a food allergy friendly camp. This week Sue Lein, the owner of the fabulous... The post Picking a Food Allergy Friendly Summer Camp – YIKES! appeared first on Parenting Food Allergies.
It’s summertime, and that means VACATION! No matter if an exotic trip abroad is scheduled or a staycation is on the horizon, food allergy families will probably try out new restaurants this time of year. Sue welcomes Paul Antico, founder and CEO of AllergyEats, back to the show to highlight the winners of the 2017 top ten... The post Top 10 Allergy-Friendly Restaurant Chains appeared first on Parenting Food Allergies.
Millions of people who are allergic to pollen experience an itchy mouth as well as other oral symptoms when they eat certain fruits and vegetables. This condition is called oral allergy syndrome (OAS) and can make eating these foods unpleasant and sometimes possibly dangerous. Today pediatric allergist Dr. Ray Davis returns to the show to talks... The post Oral Allergy Syndrome: Why does my mouth itch? appeared first on Parenting Food Allergies.
Today, Sue interviews Patient Registry Director Luis Garcia about the FARE Patient Registry. Recently enrollment was opened of the FARE Patient Registry, a database through which food allergic people can anonymously share their medical histories to help accelerate the pace of research. Together Luis and Sue discuss why this registry is important and what it could... The post Why you should enroll your food allergy child in the FARE Patient Registry appeared first on Parenting Food Allergies.
On this episode, Sue talks with board certified allergist/immunologist Michael Borts, MD about things parents should know regarding physician-supervised oral food challenges. At some point, your allergist may suggest conducting an oral food challenge for your child. The prospect can be quite frightening, but the diagnostic tool can often lead to the addition of a previously... The post Oral Food Challenges – What You Need to Know appeared first on Parenting Food Allergies.
“Guess how I spent my Mother’s Day?” read the text Sue received from girlfriend Brooke. Before looking at the picture, Sue immediately knew that it was the emergency room. Brooke’s preschooler John was recently diagnosed with allergies to several nuts. It’s all a little ironic. It is ironic because the two girlfriends recorded an episode weeks... The post Newbie Food Allergy Parent Concerns – Girlfriend Discussion appeared first on Parenting Food Allergies.
On this episode of the Parenting Food Allergies Podcast, Sue talks with WOWBUTTER President and soybean farmer Scott Mahon about his family’s farm to table business. Based in rural Ontario, Scott shares the company’s passion for creating the nutritious protein source that is a daily staple in many nut allergy children’s lunchboxes. He also recounts the families... The post WOWBUTTER Peanut-Free Spread President & Farmer appeared first on Parenting Food Allergies.
Sue recently returned from the FARE National Food Allergy Conference and invited Nut Free Wok’s Sharon Wong on the show to chat about what they learned at the conference. Sue and Sharon, both long time food allergy moms, review a few of the different presentations from the three-day event. Presentations they highlight: Food Allergy Research and... The post FARE Conference Recap with Sharon Wong appeared first on Parenting Food Allergies.
This coming weekend is the 2017 FARE National Food Allergy Conference and Sue is putting on her cowgirl boots and hitting the trail to Texas. Since she’s not been to the conference before, Sue invited representative of FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education) onto the show to give a sneak peek of what to expect in San Anotonio. Anisha Dharshi,... The post PREVIEW – FARE National Food Allergy Conference 2017 appeared first on Parenting Food Allergies.
Mary Beth Eversole, host of Allergy Actress Cooking, talks with Sue about her weekly fun, quirky and adorable YouTube cooking show. Mary Beth shares her lifetime journey of food allergy related challenges and triumphs that lead to the creation of an original online TV cooking show to educates viewers on cooking with food allergies. She... The post Allergy Actress Cooking Host Mary Beth Eversole appeared first on Parenting Food Allergies.
Tips for choosing the right preschool for your food allergy child…and yourself. It’s that time of year. If you are a food allergy parent on the hunt for your child’s first preschool, then you probably have a great deal of anxiety right about…NOW! On today’s episode, Sue talks with Kathleen McDarby, RN MPH about all... The post Picking a Preschool for Your Food Allergy Child – Things to Know appeared first on Parenting Food Allergies.
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