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It’s that time of the year where food allergy parents and children alike will feel the stress of Halloween Parties and trick-or-treat bags filled with things that are delicious, and possibly life threatening.

We all remember being a kid at Halloween. For some of us, it was a competition to see who could fill their bag with the most candy possible. It went something like this:

  • Age 5–6: Bag with a Halloween graphic
  • Age 7–8: Larger bag, color didn’t matter
  • Age 8+: Parent’s king-size pillow case

The bad stuff usually hides in plain sight

Growing up as a child in the 1980s, food nutrition labels didn’t exist. In fact, it wasn’t until the 1990s that consumers began noticing these labels across food items. The portion of the label that identifies potential food allergens was introduced later, and is still undergoing evolution.

As parents of two children with multiple food allergies, we have read more nutrition labels than Facebook and Instagram posts combined over the past few years. …

Both of our children have asthma. It’s really been a challenge to get our older son to consistently wear a mask, so I decided to make something fun and functional.

There are still so many unknowns with the current situation, but I thought it would be useful to share a short how-to that has helped our older son feel safer during those inevitable 6-foot boundary breaches.

Note: This mask is not medical grade, is not meant to prevent 100% of all contaminants and should not be your only line of defense.

What do you need?

Here is a list of materials, but you can…

Today was grandparent’s day at my son’s school. We sat at a table with one of his buddies, and there were a few grandparents there. As soon as I took a seat, one of the grandmas started talking about last night’s Back to School event.

“Can you believe the teacher asked us not to bring peanut butter sandwiches to school? What’s my grandson going to eat? Such an inconvenience”

I couldn’t believe my ears. I ignored her, should have said something. But it gets better. A grandpa took her up on the dialogue.

“Peanut butter? I grew up on that…

Listening to the beeps. Watching his breathing. The worrying doesn’t stop.

It’s 11 PM, and it’s been 4 hours since we injected our older son with an Epipen. This is the third time we’ve had to use it in his 5 years of living with severe food allergies; dairy, sesame, tree nut and peanut.

We were set on what we believed to be an exciting journey just a few days ago. Maybe we’re just crazy parents, but we were (and still are) hopeful that there’s a treatment path for his severe food allergies. …

Oral immunotherapy treatment. A lot of parents swear by it, although it doesn’t work for some children. There is no silver bullet to treating food allergies, but this has a good chance to help our son, so we’re giving it a good chance in our lifelong fight to end his food allergies forever.

To be honest, I had no idea what it was until my wife found Dr. Silvers. We just did the first day of treatment for Peanuts and Sesame, although we could have just picked one, or any other combo. Here’s how it works (basics):

Ghee, I can’t believe there’s still butter.

Seriously, would you eat butter all by itself? Then why would you intentionally put it into/onto something else to eat? Truth be told, I actually used to love butter, until I stopped eating it, which in turn helped me to stop craving it.

Most butter-afficionados will tell you about the good fats, the good cholesterol and the iodine. They won’t tell you about the bad fats, the bad cholesterol, and that one tablespoon of butter is about the same calories as a banana. …

Maybe you received a letter from your child’s school, notifying you it’s nut-free. Maybe your son/daughter has nut allergies. Maybe someone else in your family has severe food allergies. Or maybe you just want to research alternatives, because you’ve heard some of them might offer more vitamins and nutrition than their peanut cousin. You’ve come to the right place, we’ve tried many options and wanted to spread our knowledge! 😂


First, we hope you never need to use an Epipen on your child because they can’t breathe, but having done this twice myself, I’m grateful for their life-saving abilities and would use one in a heartbeat if my son is having trouble breathing. Please see When should you use an Epipen? if you’re unsure about when to use it.

This will be a super stressful time, you likely won’t have a chance to check expiration dates, you won’t be able to really see if the Epipen solution is cloudy or murky because everything will seem like it’s cloudy and murky. You’ll just wan’t to do it quick and right. This video explains the process in more clarity than words ever could:

Thank you C Kas, for posting this video to YouTube

As a parent, you’ll want to instinctively bring everything you can to support your son/daughter in case of an emergency. This short list will let you pack light, and still have peace of mind.

  1. Benadryl. Be sure to pack the age-appropriate (infant/kids/adult) version and the delivery mechanism (syringe/cup). Same rule as above, make sure you have enough for multiple doses and that it’s…

Bardia Dejban

CEO | Founder | Entrepreneur | Father. Formerly @volusion, @intuit, @eharmony, @iac. Perpetually seeking enlightenment.

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