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Fun, Screen-Free Activities for Kiddos During Long Appointments

Doctors’ appointments can be long, especially allergy appointments. Skin testing, ingestion challenges, and oral immunotherapy (OIT) can take time, so Pam and Dr. Hoyt interviewed Dr. Betty Choi for her fun, screen-free strategies to keeping her kiddos entertained.

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Oral immunotherapy and sublingual immunotherapy – for your kiddo?

Like many parents of kiddos with food allergies, this disease may cause you much anxiety, and you’ve wished there was a way to help keep your kiddo safe. Oral immunotherapy (OIT) and sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) may be options, but who are good candidates for these treatments?

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Inside the Mind of a Food Allergist: Types of Food Allergies

Have you ever wondered what a food allergist is thinking when he or she is asking you so so so many specific questions? And why he or she keeps interrupting you to get very minute details about your kiddo’s story? It’s because the food allergist is trying to determine…

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Eczema and Food Allergies: Further Clarifying the Connections

There’s absolutely a strong connection between eczema and food allergies, and that connection may not be what you think it is! Read this post to learn how these two conditions are related…

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Eczema and Food Allergies: Clarifying the Connections

If you have a child with eczema or food allergy or both, chances are you’ve wondered what causes these two disorders. In fact, there’s absolutely a strong connection between the two. But that connection may not be what you think it is…

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Preventing nut allergies, one puff at a time

When it comes to feeding babies, all parents want to get it right. This is especially true when those parents are trying to introduce foods to their babies to prevent the development of food allergies like peanut allergy. Can food allergies like nut allergies be prevented? If so, does preventing nut allergies have to be complicated? Read to find out, and check out this fantastic podcast episode!

3 Back-to-School Strategies for Food Allergy Families

Back-to-school time can be both exciting and nerve-wracking, especially for food allergy families. Meeting new teachers and starting new classes can be stressful enough, but add food allergy management to the mix, and the worry factor can jump ten-fold. But rest easy! Food allergy mom Pam Lestage and food allergist Dr. Hoyt recently discussed their three simple strategies to an awesome back-to-school. Check out this episode of the podcast for all the details, but here is an overview!

Dr. Alice Hoyt and Rep. Stephanie Hilferty advocate for stock epinephrine legislation for early childhood centers.

UPDATE! Stock Epinephrine and the Laws that Support It: Louisiana Edition

Stock epinephrine and anaphylaxis training save lives. But do all states permit early childcare centers to stock epinephrine or even require center staff know how to prevent recognize, and respond to anaphylaxis? No. But now Louisiana does!

Do food allergies cause eczema? Here are the facts!

Food allergies are a hot topic right now. There seems to be a new food allergy every day, and many people are wondering if food allergies cause eczema. The answer is no – food allergies do not cause eczema. However, atopic dermatitis (eczema) is a risk factor for developing food allergies. In this blog post, …

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What is EOE and what role does IgE play in this food allergy?

Has your kiddo been diagnosed with eosinophilic esophagitis, also called EOE? If so, then you may be wondering what this really means. EOE is a food allergy disorder that causes inflammation of the esophagus. An eosinophil is a type of allergy cell, and the esophagus is the swallowing tube that connects the mouth to the …

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What are non-IgE-mediated food allergies, like FPIES and FPIAP?

Do you know what non-IgE-mediated food allergies are? If not, you’re not alone. Many people have never heard of food allergies that are not mediated by IgE. Examples include FPIES, FPE, and FPIAP. These types of food allergies are different from the more-common IgE-mediated food allergies. In this article, we will describe non-IgE-mediated food allergies …

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What are IgE-mediated, life-threatening food allergies?

Did you know that food allergies can be life-threatening? It’s true. In fact, anaphylaxis is a life-threatening allergic reaction that can occur when someone eats a food to which they are allergic. In most cases, the type of food allergy that is life-threatening is IgE-mediated food allergy. In this article, we will discuss IgE-mediated food …

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The New Orleans Superdome turned teal for Food Allergy Awareness Week!

The Superdome turned teal for Food Allergy Awareness Week!

To kick off Food Allergy Awareness Week, the New Orleans Superdome turned teal! New Orleans has one of the best, most diverse food scenes in the world, and the Superdome is one of the largest and most well-known stadiums in the world. So what a great way to start this important week! Special thanks to …

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The Mamma’s Guide to Food Allergy Skin & Blood Testing

Food allergy skin and blood testing can be confusing. I wrote this ebook to educate parents on food allergy skin prick and blood testing.

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Are Ring Pops Gluten-Free? How to Determine if Snacks are Safe!

Have you ever wondered if Ring Pops are gluten-free? Or maybe you’ve wondered if Saf-T-Pops are indeed safe for your kiddo with peanut allergy? When it comes to determining whether a food is safe for someone with a food allergy, food intolerance, or specific diet, there are three steps to success. Step 1. Know what …

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Food Allergy Awareness Month: How You Can Prepare to Spread the Word About Food Allergy

Food allergy awareness month starts soon. This is an important time because it shines a light on this important issue.

Dr. Alice Hoyt and Rep. Stephanie Hilferty discusses with the media why stock epinephrine legislation for early childhood centers is critical.

Stock Epinephrine and the Laws that Support It: Louisiana Edition

Stock epinephrine is epinephrine prescribed to an entity, such as a school, to be used in an allergy emergency. Epinephrine is the medication that stops and treats the life-threatening allergic reaction “anaphylaxis.” Some young children…

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A New Approach to Practicing Food Allergy

At the Hoyt Institute of Food Allergy, Dr. Alice Hoyt leads a team of food allergy-focused healthcare professionals in meeting your family’s food allergy needs.

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Disney Planning Tips for Families with Food Allergy

Disney and food allergy go together like Mickey and Minnie! If you’ve ever been to Walt Disney World, then you know that a lot of planning goes into those magical memories. If your kiddo has food allergy, then you may also know how accomodating Disney is for dietary differences. And if you have food allergy …

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5 College-Prep Strategies for Food Allergy Families from FARE’s Kristi Grim

Prepping for college… when should you start thinking about it? (Hint hint: now!) In this episode, Pam and I talk with the amazing Kristi Grim of FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education). Kristi has been with FARE for years and was the original lead and continued director of FARE’s college programming as well as the …

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Food allergy and counseling

De-Stress with Strategies from Tamara Hubbard, LCPC How often do you worry about your kiddo who has food allergy? And have you ever wondered if that amount of worry is “normal” ? Tune in to this episode of the Food Allergy and Your Kiddo Podcast with me, Dr. Alice Hoyt, and my good friend Pam …

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Turning anaphylaxis tragedy into purpose

Death from anaphylaxis is rare. But when it happens to your child, the rarity of it doesn’t matter. And how do you move forward? Here is what the Suhy’s do… The Allison Rose Foundation is fighting anaphylaxis. I’m honored to be joined on this episode with Mike and Becca Suhy of the Allison Rose Foundation. Mike …

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Food allergy prevention in babies

Feeding babies potentially allergenic foods… what does the evidence say about food allergy prevention? Recommendations for when to feed babies certain foods have changed over the years, including recommendations on how on food allergy prevention. You may have had one set of recommendations for one child, then with another child, you had different recommendations! So …

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Ingestion challenges for babies

A baby can have a peanut allergy, and the peanut challenge procedure determines that diagnosis. You’ve probably heard about doctors recommending babies eat peanut to prevent peanut allergy, and this recommendation differs from that of 20 years ago. At that time, doctors recommended babies avoid this potentially allergenic food. So there were not many ingestion …

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Truths and misconceptions about auto-injectors like EpiPen

Do you know what information is true and what’s not true when it comes to epinephrine from an auto-injector like an EpiPen? EpiPens and other epinephrine auto-injectors can be intimidating. Plus, no one really wants to give or receive an injection of epinephrine. But if your kiddo has a food allergy, chances are you have …

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Food allergy and the nutrition label

Especially during COVID, it’s important to know where to find your kiddo with food allergy safe by knowing where allergensare listed on a product’s nutrition label. Here’s how to do that. First step: listen to my latest Food Allergy and Your Kiddo podcast. On this show, I interview food allergy advocate Jen Jobrack. We discuss the history of …

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Mom challenges

Food allergy moms are faced with challenges every day. Things like “do these cookies contain egg” and “I wonder if I should let my Sweet Pea go to that slumber party?” ring in your mind. All this while you also are making sure your kiddo knows to look both ways and take the ear buds …

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Demystifying Food Allergy via Podcast I am so excited to demystify food allergy through my new Food Allergy and Your Kiddo podcast! The infoblogcast – infoblog + podcast – is live! I hope you enjoy listening to this first episode of Food Allergy and Your Kiddo Podcast. So, to introduce this podcast, this episode is …

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Peanut Allergy Oral Immunotherapy (OIT) Palforzia

Peanut allergy has an FDA-approved OIT treatment Peanut allergy affects 2-5% of children. The treatment plan for peanut allergy recommended by most academic allergy centers is avoidance of peanut – perhaps until now. Hello, Palforzia, the only FDA-approved treatment for peanut allergy. Palforzia works through the treatment process called oral immunotherapy (OIT). Read on to learn more …

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Early Peanut Oral Immunotherapy (OIT)

Early Peanut Oral Immunotherapy (EPOIT) can decrease the severity of peanut allergy in young children. Say what?! Let’s discuss early peanut oral immunotherapy (EPOIT). “So let me get this straight: she’s allergic to peanut. But if we slowly start giving her tiny amounts of peanut, her allergy can decrease?“ Baby Sweetpea’s mom asked her allergist. …

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