Necessities for an Allergic Child

Melanie Melanie Hohman Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Necessities for an Allergic Child

My severely allergic child Bradley (now 10 years old) cannot leave the house without his Medical Bag. I’m not a doctor, but both my child and I have gone into anaphylaxis. I can tell you first hand what it is like…it’s like being stuck under water and you can’t gasp for air. The biggest mistake is a parent being afraid to give epinephrine when needed. Please do NOT make that mistake, because it could be life threatening. Here are the necessities included in Bradley’s bag:

1) Two Epi-pens (or Avui-Q)

2) A Peak Flow meter (This is a MUST-HAVE)! You can request it from your doctor or purchase it online. My favorite is the PocketPeak Flowmeter. Honestly, it takes the guessing out. If your child is below normal, you know when to give them epinephrine.

3) Small pack of Wet wipes (unscented).

4) Asthma inhaler.

5) A few Band-aids.

FREE Allergy Cards for dining out at restaurants

Melanie Melanie Hohman Tuesday, June 27, 2017
FARE has prepared a simple and free Allergy Card that can be filled out online and printed at home.  It's ideal for dining out at restaurants with our allergic family.  It makes life so much easier!  Here's the link: Click here for Allergy Card

Try to be specific.  For example, some people don't realize that macadamia's are nuts!  I use clear packing tape on both sides to protect it, otherwise you can have it laminated.

Migraine Headaches and Gluten

Melanie Melanie Hohman Wednesday, May 18, 2016

At the bakery, I've meet several people who suffered from migraine headaches. They told me that their doctors suggested they try a gluten-free diet. Their results....they said it worked! Here are some other suggestions I found:

If you suffer from migraines: try a gluten-free diet, and stay away from perfumes and chemicals. There may be more to it; possibly other food sensitivities, or a lack of nutrition, teeth grinding, caffeine, medication.

There's a great video on Gluten free Society's website. Here's the link: https://www.glutenfreesociety.org/migraine-headaches-and-gluten-sensitivity-a-strong-connection/

There's another great article on webmd http://www.webmd.com/migraines-headaches/features/5-important-lifestyle-changes-for-migraines

Feel free to share your experience.

Autism and Lyme Disease Link?

Melanie Melanie Hohman Friday, May 13, 2016
Is it possible that there is a link between Autism and Lyme Disease?

Or could the symptoms be similar, and the treatment effective for both? This issue has been brought up at the bakery several times. In 2012 a news report in France discussed the results of 200 children being treated with antibiotics for Lyme's. My son Luke is 10 and is diagnosed with ADHD and Autism. He has progressed greatly from a strict gluten-free, dairy-free diet. I am constantly searching for answers to help my son. Please share your experiences.

Here's the link to the video: https://www.lymedisease.org/news-treating-autism-antibiotics/

Also, here's a great article from the Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine at http://www.arizonaadvancedmedicine.com/Articles/2013/June/The-Link-Between-Autism-and-Lyme-Disease.aspx

Who is the Halloween Ghost?

Melanie Melanie Hohman Thursday, October 08, 2015

Who is the Halloween Ghost? He comes to our house each year. Our two boys have serious food allergies, and we have to be very careful. Before we go trick-or-treating with our boys, we load them up with SAFE CANDY.  Since they are unable to eat candy with gluten, dairy, or nuts... having their sweet tooth satisfied is important before getting a bag full of candy that is unsafe. We also bring the epi-pen and our cell phones with us at all times. I prefer that my kids eat Organic, allergy-freindy, dye-free candies.  When we get back from trick-or-treating, they leave their bags in the living room for the Halloween Ghost. This ghost has NO teeth, and comes in the middle of the night, to take the "bad candy" and he leaves a gift. The size of the gift depends on how much candy is left. They also collect candy throughout the year to give it to the ghost. Our boys get excited for the ghost to come, and they have no problems giving up their bad candy for a gift. Trust me, once you start this tradition, they will be hooked. When my kids mention this to friends, their friends say "I wish the Halloween Ghost came to our house." This is something that even non-allergic kids can enjoy.

How to get additional Nutrition in an Allergic Diet

Melanie Melanie Hohman Thursday, September 17, 2015

When you have a child like mine who's allergic to gluten, dairy, eggs, soy, peanuts, treenuts and coconut....it's tricky to get the proper nutrients in his daily diet. On top of that he's a picky eater. So this really gets tough! Here's what we do for our son, and he's growing well mentally and physically.

Smoothies: We make ours every day and it's super easy:

1/2 cup of FRESH Organic Spinach or Kale (kale is more bitter, so my son prefers spinach)

1/4 cup of Fresh Organic Blueberries

1/4 cup of Pomegranite Juice

1/4 cup Organic grape juice or Apple juice

If your little one doesn't eat carrots, try adding a little Organic Carrot juice. Change it up and use Peaches, Strawberries, Oranges. You can use a strainer if your little one doesn't like the pulp. I prefer the pulp so we fill full. You can add a calcium or protein powder if necessary. We drink enriched milks (rice, flax, or hemp milk). Sneak in pumpkin into your pancakes and muffins. I love our pumpkin donut holes and our flax seed muffins.

Vitamins: We use Juice Plus gummies because its convenient. There are other gummies out there, just be sure to get the most nutrition. Some are just full of sugar or corn syrup. Read the labels and ask questions.

Easy Lunch Recipes for Kids with Food Allergies

Melanie Melanie Hohman Wednesday, September 02, 2015

What do you feed an allergic child? My son Bradley has severe allergies to dairy, eggs, peanuts, and tree-nuts. On top of that he is allergic to gluten, soy, tomatoes, and certain fruits. Below is a list of Lunch ideas (some may or may not work for your child). Use a fun bento box and include at least one or two of each category:

Veggies

  • Baby Carrots
  • Celery slices
  • Cucumber Slices
  • Green Peppers (my boys won't eat this, but I keep trying)
  • Sweet Peas
  • Jicama slices
  • Easy Vegan Ranch Dip Recipe:

  • 1/2 cup Soy-free Veganaise
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder,
  • 1/4 tsp of dill or fresh parsley
  • sprinkle salt or pepper to taste (optional)
  • Mix well, keep refrigerated or use a cooler pack in the lunch box.
  • Fruits

  • Fresh grapes or raisins
  • Watermelon
  • Mandarine Orange slices
  • Cantaloupe
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Half a banana
  • Apple slices or Apple Sauce
  • Peaches
  • Blackberries
  • Pineapple slices (too acidic for my Bradley)
  • Fruit Strips
  • Starches

  • Chex Rice Cereal
  • Allergy-free Pretzels by Ener-G
  • Baked potato
  • Erewhon Corn Flakes
  • Erewhon Rice Cereal
  • Freedom Foods Cereals are wonderful!
  • Tropics by Freedom are just like fruit loops.
  • Cocoa Crunch by Freedom Foods
  • Entree

  • Chicken Salad Sandwich (see recipe below)
  • Ham Sandwich
  • Tuna Melts (gluten free bread)
  • Turkey Sliders (use ground turkey meat to make small patty's)
  • Applegate Hot Dogs
  • Pizza
  • Meatballs (use rice to stick together)
  • Panini (with our flat bread)
  • Chicken Salad Sandwich Recipe

  • 2 slices of our awesome gluten-free, Vegan Multi-grain Bread
  • Heat with toaster prior to assembly of sandwich, it will stay soft all day.
  • 2 Tbl of soy-free Veganaise mayo
  • 1 cup of shredded Organic Chicken or canned Organic Chicken
  • 1/4 cup diced celery (optional)
  • sprinkle garlic salt to taste
  • sprinkle dill to taste
  • Celebrate with a Sweet Treat

  • Easy Cakes
  • Cookie
  • Cupcake Cup
  • How to keep my allergic child safe

    Melanie Melanie Hohman Friday, August 21, 2015

    Many families are overwhelmed when they find out their child has food allergies. What to do? My son and I are anaphylactic. Food safety is very important to our family. Here’s some tips on how to keep your child safe:

    • Keep food separate in the fridge and cabinets. We have cleared out unsafe items from our home, but if you need to have them…. store those items on the top shelves. I would recommend putting a large X on the containers with a black sharpie.

    • Have a designated seat for your allergic child. That will help prevent some cross contamination on the table if you have unsafe food items in the home.

    • If your child is allergic to peanuts, or tree nuts…be very careful with these items because the oils stick to everything. I would not recommend having this in the house. It also causes a problem baking with these since the particles go airborne in the oven.

    Get a ID bracelet which identifies their allergies and what to do.

    • Always carry an Epi-pen, even if you’re walking out for a few minutes. I have a customer who’s child went into shock at the park from contaminated monkey bars. Bring wet wipes and clean your childrens hands after using the play equipment.

    • Encourage your child NOT to touch their eyes or mouth unless they have just washed their hands.

    • Talk to their teacher, caregiver, coach, or babysitter about the severity and how to respond to a reaction.

    • Teach your child not to share food. We are very strict about this to avoid mistakes and cross contamination.

    • When you feel your child is old enough, teach them how to use an epi-pen.

    Sensitive Sweets in San Clemente - Grand Opening!

    Melanie Melanie Hohman Wednesday, July 08, 2015

    We are excited to announce the official Grand Opening of our new bakery location in San Clemente, CA. Join us for a special event on Friday July 10th, 2015 @ 11:30am.

    The bakery is located at:
    362 Camino de Estrella, San Clemente, CA.

    We will be giving away a free goodie bag to the first 30 people that arrive.

    Each goodie bag will include...

    • Easy Cake
    • Bag of Organic candies
    • Cookie
    • $5 and $10 coupon

    We are excited to provide the residents of San Clemente and other nearby communities like San Juan Capistrano, Laguna Niguel, Ladera Ranch, Coto de Caza, Mission Viejo, Aliso Viejo, Laguna Hills, Rancho Santa Margarita, Lake Forest, Carlsbad and Oceanside with our wide delicious selection of gluten free, dairy free, egg free, soy free, nut free and mostly Vegan breads, pastries, cakes and baked goods!

    Hope to see you there :)

    Allergy-friendly restaurants near Disneyland

    Melanie Melanie Hohman Thursday, June 25, 2015

    A lot of people ask me where they should eat out when visiting Disneyland in Southern California.

    With 3 of us having severe food allergies, it gets tricky. We have been to several restaurants, and many are located near Disneyland. It's always best to ask for the Manager at a restaurant when you arrive and let them know you or your child has severe food allergies. Most of the time I have been greeted by friendly managers that want to help. Since allergies vary, (Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, etc.) be sure to call the restaurant ahead of time and talk to the manager about the allergies and if they can accommodate.

    Below are some restaurants that I would recommend.

    • Outback Steak House
    • Claim Jumper
    • McCormick and Schmit
    • Storytellers Cafe
    • Blue Bayou
    • Chipotle
    • Mimi's Cafe
    • Red Robin
    • Ruby's Diner
    • Maggianos Cucina
    • Cucamonga Mexican Grill
    • Tortilla Joes
    • Cabos Mexican Grill

    Disneyland has several restaurants onsite that cater to food allergies and dietary restrictions. Checkout this list: https://disneyland.disney.go.com/guest-services/special-dietary-requests/

    Blue Bayou and Storytellers Cafe are the best at catering to food allergies and they are both located in Disneyland.

    We can also deliver a cake or goodies to your hotel or home. Order online at http://www.sensitivesweets.com/order_online.html or call (714)968-9169.

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