Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Nut Free School Snacks

For around the last ten years, Canadian grocery stores and big box stores often had back to school nut free snack items clustered together, in the seasonal section. These displays went up typically in late August, in time for back to school shopping. In the past all the snack items under back to school sale were "nut free". I am seeing a trend this year to see under a sign reading things like "school snacks" things like granola bars that contain nuts, normally I would also only see these same nut granola ars in the general granola bar section only. In the past I used to see more displays reading "Nut Free School Snacks", with nut free school sized snacks in the displays at the grocery stores.

Again around ten years ago we saw a large number of NEW snack sized nut free products that typically released to grocery stores in late August, this has slowed down considerably. I suspect the need for nut free snacks has been meet, so the need is less, for new nut free products.

On the positive side, I see more products that clearly list they are nut and gluten free or nut and dairy free and many other combinations for people with multiple food allergies.

Long List of Nut Free Products and Manufacturers

Thursday, July 27, 2017

International Emergency Numbers Not Always 911


In Canada and United States (and many other places) 911 gives one number access to emergency services Police/ Fire/ Ambulance then depending on the emergency the dispatcher may send more than on emergency service. However, when travelling internationally some countries have a different number for emergency services, others have separate numbers for Fire/ Police and Ambulance. Even locally some municipalities have Epinephrine on ambulances other on fire trucks, some both. Where I live even the bikemedics, who patrol local events, have epinephrine, bikemedics in different areas may not.

Emergency Numbers:
List Emergency Numbers

Touch A Truck Events:
Touch a Truck events in many cities offer kids the chance to touch vehicles, and talk to the operators. For many young children climbing on a fire truck, ambulance, garbage truck can be fun. Children with life threatening medical issues a chance to climb in an ambulance, speak to a paramedic can be reassuring, when not having an emergency situation such as an allergic reaction. I have witnessed a paramedic walk a young child through the steps of what would happen if they have an episode. Touch A Truck Events

The Bike Medic Program:
The Bike Medic program enables paramedics to respond to emergencies in small, contained areas that might not be accessible by an ambulance vehicle. Bike Medics carry equipment that allows them to treat the same life threatening emergencies as a regular paramedic crew.

Young children can and should practice phoning 911 with a unplugged or dead phone, even a toy phone can be used for practice.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Cost of Epipens in New Zealand

An EpiPen costs about NZ $120.00 (As of June 23, 2017 NZ$120.00 = 87.39 US Dollars or 116.01 Canadian Dollars)

The cost of many medicines and medical devices are covered in New Zealand through their public health system. Pharmaceutical Management Agency (PHARMAC) funds access to pharmaceuticals for New Zealanders. The drugs that are approved are available with a prescription for a NZ$5 charge (for children under 13 they are free). Medicines that aren’t fully subsidized will cost more, due to the rules around tendering. In New Zealand when no competition exists often the drug is not covered by the New Zealand government.

Tendering is a process in which government, as payer, negotiates the lowest price for a pharmaceutical. PHARMAC asks pharmaceutical suppliers to provide pricing proposals for off-patent medicines listed on the Pharmaceutical Schedule.

In New Zealand, the EpiPens are not funded by Pharmaceutical Management Agency (PHARMAC) so cost people between $NZ120 and $NZ200 per pen per year. Allergy New Zealand CEO Mark Dixon said local allergy sufferers had been watching developments in the US with concern.

In the United States many Americans go to Canada to buy Epipens for $120- $130.

Sources and Articles Related to this Issue:
Paying for healthcare services
Allergy NZ on edge over EpiPen price hike
Could an EpiPen price boost happen in New Zealand?
Doctors add to calls for EpiPen funding
Better Pharmacare Coalition Cost Tendering The case for generic drug tendering
PHARMAC tender reveals vibrant market for pharmaceuticals
EpiPen New Zealand

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Introducing New Foods

I picked up this advise while taking a First Aid Course many years ago:
Do not offer new foods to a child during bad weather, due to increase in time to get to a hospital during a possible allergic reaction. I would also add if you live far from a hospital, and you have allergies in the family introducing new foods at a friends or family member's house who live closer to a hospital, may be a good idea, depending on allergy history.

Kyle Dine brought up a good point on his blog post Have Baby, Will Travel – Going on Tour with an Infant. Introducing foods – We knew that we were entering the stage of solid food introduction and made a game plan of introducing only fruits and veggies while living on the road. Introducing common allergens would wait until we got home.

It is spring again make sure emergency personal can see your house number by trimming bushes.

Friday, February 17, 2017

How to Make The Most Delicious Rice Milk

How to Make The Most Delicious Rice Milk
Milk protein allergies (MPA) are a recognized problem in young children. Studies show that MPA might affect up to 15% of children but people of any age can have the same allergy and react adversely to milk protein. This includes anaphylaxis which is a serious and potentially fatal allergic reaction.

While living with MPA means avoiding a list of foods and drinks, there are many alternatives that might prove to be even more nutritious, convenient, and practical for you and your family.

What is Rice Milk?
Rice milk is made with rice grain and is a non-dairy milk similar to almond and soy milk. It has more carbohydrate content compared to cow’s milk, does not contain lactose, and is free from cholesterol. Rice milk is sold in stores but, did you know that you can make it at home for a fraction of the cost?

No-Cook Method to Making Rice Milk

1. 1 cup of your preferred rice grain (uncooked) - This can be white or brown but for more nutrition, you can choose brown rice which is a good source of magnesium, phosphorus, thiamine, vitamin B-6, niacin, iron, and zinc! If you can, go for organically grown brown rice.

2. 4 cups of water.

3. Optional for flavor: salt, honey, and/or vanilla.
1. Wash rice and soak in container overnight (10-14 hours).
2. Drain rice but do not wash. Pour into blender and add 4 cups of water. You can add your flavorings according to your preference.
3. Blend on high for 3 minutes.
4. Use a thin towel or cheesecloth over a bowl to strain the blended mixture. This will separate the rice grains from the milk.
Enjoy chilled and consume no later than one week!
Other uses for rice milk:

Aside from drinking rice milk to replace a dairy-based beverage, you can also use rice milk for your cereals and even for cooking! Here are some of our favorite recipes on the Avoiding Milk Protein blog, all of which use rice milk:

Kids approve these delicious donut holes that are wonderfully made with rice milk.
1. Dairy Free Carrot Bread
2. Delicious Dairy Free Donut Holes
3. Applehouse Cinnamon Doughnuts

You can also try using rice milk for adding to your morning cereals, coffee, and in making your favorite desserts. If there’s one good thing about having allergies similar to people switching to a healthy lifestyle, it’s being creative and resourceful in the kitchen!

Do you have ideas on how to use rice milk for whipping up a delicious dairy-free and allergy safe meal? Please share it with us through the comments below, we’d love to try it too!

About the author: Lace Llanora is a food allergy writer at American Medical ID. American Medical ID serves the medical community by offering quality medical IDs that can be customized for any allergy or condition the wearer may have.