As a coeliac myself and mother of three boys who between them have reactions to various foods I have learnt how to adapt our family life and eating patterns without compromising our health or enjoyment of delicious foods. I feel I am lucky. As a qualified Nutritional Therapist and Chef if anyone was going to be able to create delicious healthy allergy free family recipes it was going to be me. Being trained through the Institute of Functional Medicine I am also aware that there are many reasons why allergies develop and if you can address the route causes and the underlying imbalances in the body you can reduce your child’s allergic potential and optimise their health long term.
As parents we want the best for our children. Being diagnosed with a food allergy can feel very daunting both for the parent and the child. That is why my latest book includes plenty of practical advice on living with a food allergy in addition to tackling the underlying imbalances – whether it’s avoiding cross contamination, coping when travelling, eating away from home or managing parties and family events.
Supporting Your Child With Allergies
When doctors refer to a food allergy, most of the time they are referring to an IgE-mediated food allergy, which is also called a “true” or “classic” food allergy. These types of reactions are more common in children rather than adults. Symptoms tend to be immediate, typically occurring within two hours of eating and are normally very obvious. It can be triggered by consumption of only a tiny amount of food. It may result in a range of symptoms, including itchy rashes, sneezing and in some cases anaphylaxis. While any food can trigger such a reaction the most common are cow’s milk, eggs, fish and shellfish, peanuts, soybeans (and related products), tree nuts (e.g. almonds, pistachios, hazelnuts, walnuts, cashews, pecans, Brazils, macadamia nuts) and wheat.
Once you know what your child’s allergies or intolerance are then you can start to make practical steps to ensure their diet is safe and nourishing. This includes taking steps at home, eating out, dealing with schools and nurseries, parties and travelling
Caring for a child who has been diagnosed with a food allergy is a whole household – even lifestyle – experience. From the moment that you know there are certain foods that are now out of bounds for one (or more) of your children, you’ll need to get organized.
For many families, the simplest, clearest and most failsafe approach to ensuring that home is not a place that exposes children with allergies to foods they can’t eat is to remove the culprit foods completely. That is, everyone eats in the same, allergen-free way. For example, if one child is diagnosed coeliac, the whole family switches to a gluten-free diet; if a child is diagnosed with a nut allergy, your home becomes a nut-free zone.
If you are cooking separate meals you will also need to take steps to avoid cross contamination. Using separate chopping boards, baking trays, dishes, pans and so on for free-from foods and washing utensils thoroughly is important.
Whatever food allergy your child has, instead of focusing on what your child cannot eat explore all the nutritious foods they can enjoy. By cooking real food from scratch you’ll find your meals are fresher, tastier and more nutritious. It can also be cheaper too.
Just as it is important to speak to children about their allergies, it’s really important to have good communication with your child’s school staff. When your child starts a new school and at the beginning of each school year, make an appointment with the head teacher, the class teacher and the school nurse to talk about what your child is allergic to and what to do if he or she has an allergic reaction. If they are having school meals you will also need to speak to the school caterers to ensure the menu is suitable. If you’re worried, you may prefer the option of bringing a packed lunch rather than eating a school meal.
In many schools it is common practice to share a birthday cake or sweets on special occasions. There may be other times, such as festivals or international celebration days, when new foods are shared in class. When you speak to your child’s class teacher at the start of the term, explain that you’d like warning of any occasions that the class will celebrate in order that you can provide alternative foods for your child to enjoy at the same time as everyone else, so that he or she can join in.
European and UK law require eateries across all European countries to let customers know which foods on their menu contain any of the 14 primary allergens. However, there is no regulation as to how this information might be conveyed, which can make eating out incredibly stressful, particularly in the early days of diagnosis, when you’re just getting used to the kinds of questions you need to ask on behalf of your child.
Some restaurants, for example, will train their waiting staff to convey information about allergen foods on their menu directly to their customers in response to queries; others might add labels, highlights or symbols to the menu; in takeaway restaurants, labelling might be on the counter, on signage or in fridges next to food itself. Many restaurants will have special allergy-free menus to make choosing appropriate dishes as straightforward as possible – you just need to know to ask for one. In the book I provide my top tips on how to keep eating out the fun experience it should be.
Points to consider
Choosing your venue – Some restaurants – and cuisines – may be better suited than others for catering for people with allergies. For example, restaurants that cook everything to order, from scratch rather than buying in prepared sauces and other menu items are usually good choices. Look at the menu online – do they have a special allergy free menu. This can help you decide if they have a good selection of dishes your children will enjoy. Forget the children’s menu – good restaurants will be able to provide smaller portions of dishes on the main menu
Plan Ahead – Book a table and explain your child’s allergies when you book – make sure they note it and you feel comfortable they understand the implications. Ask about cross contamination – how do they prepare allergy free dishes and make sure it is not contaminated during preparation and cooking.
Ordering – When you order, ask questions if you need to double check ingredients. For example, ask whether sauces are thickened with wheat flour, or whether fried foods are dusted in flour before frying. If your child is dairy free, ask whether butter is used as an emulsifier in sauces or to coat vegetables before they come to the table. Have eggs been used to bind burgers or as a glaze on meats or breads?
When your order arrives, double check with the staff that they’re confident your requests for allergen-free ingredients have been followed and check to make sure there aren’t any sauces or extras that might have been added inadvertently and be problematic.
PARTIES AND PLAY DATES
No child should feel awkward or embarrassed about going to a party and not being able to eat the food. One thing I would say: there will always be a handful of children at a party who won’t eat what’s put in front of them, simply because of personal likes and dislikes – a child with allergies almost certainly needn’t feel alone.
Take control. If your child is invited to a party, let the host know when you accept the invitation about his or her allergies and tell them you’ll drop off a special party tea when you arrive. Ask what sorts of things their party tea will serve up and offer to bring similar allergy-free food to take the pressure off the host. Some parents will even be happy and confident to make something special for your child themselves – especially if it’s as simple as swapping in gluten-free bread or pasta, for example. But many will be grateful not to take the risk. Good hosts will never be offended if an allergic child refuses food. Reinforce the idea of saying no politely before your child goes to the party, so that he or she feels confident when there.
If your child is staying overnight at a friend’s house, offer to provide plenty of provisions to cover breakfast, as well as other meals and snacks. Use a cool bag, if you need. Keep foods wrapped or sealed within the containers and label them clearly. Remember to pack drinks, if relevant, too. Before you leave your child, make sure the host knows what to do if your child has a reaction and leave labelled medications just in case. Ask if he or she would like a list of culprit foods, and make sure you provide your mobile phone number. This is not only essential in case of emergency, but if the host is concerned about a certain product he or she is serving up, they can take a photo of the food label and send it to you to check yourself.
My Kids Can’t Eat That is available on September 18th in the US and August 16th in the UK and available to buy at Amazon and in all good book stores.
Where Are Germs Commonly Found?
Every day, we are exposed to different germs. In fact, if you had microscopic vision, you’d probably end up wearing disposable gloves from Brosch wherever you go. Microbes are everywhere, which begs the question, what should you worry about? #LifeOfGerms
An average mobile phone is 10 times dirtier than your toilet seat. Your phone collects germs, and your hands are mainly to blame for the filth on your cell phone. Whenever you touch your phone, microorganisms move from your hands to the phone.
What to Do
Use a sanitizing wipe to clean your phone daily. Also, wash your hands frequently all through the day. Avoid taking your phone with you to the bathroom. That will prevent it from ending up with fecal bacteria when you flush the toilet.
Did you know that over 100 million bacteria are lurking in your toothbrush including fecal germs, staphylococci bacteria, and E.coli? Brushing your teeth may push germs under the gums, especially when you’re using an electronic toothbrush.
Majority of the germs are already in your mouth, so high chances are they won’t make you sick. But, if you share a toothbrush, the germs may spread. Moreover, if have low resistance, then there is cause for alarm.
What to Do
Don’t brush your teeth where you flush. Regularly clean the toothbrush holder. Other storage tips to minimize the germs on your toothbrush are:
- Place the toothbrush in an upright position after use
- Remove toothbrush covers to ensure your toothbrush dries properly
- Once you’re done brushing your teeth, thoroughly rinse your toothbrush using clean water
- Keep all the toothbrushes separately to avoid swapping germs in case they touch
- Don’t share toothbrushes
Car Steering Wheel
The steering wheel of your car harbors 9 times more bacteria than the seat of a public toilet. Bear that in mind the next time you decide to go to a fast-food drive-through. Your car is the perfect breeding place for germs, especially if you leave uneaten food or litter in it.
What to Do
Avoid eating while driving. Use an interior cleaning solution and a clean rag to wipe your steering wheel. You can also use disinfectant wipes.
How often do you wash your office mug? Your favorite cup is one of the breeding grounds of germs including fecal matter.
Supposedly, the office cleaning methods are to blame as the scrubbers and sponges are bacteria hives. Once the germs are transferred to your cup, they can survive for up to 3 days. Another way germs spread to your coffee cup is not washing your hands after visiting the bathroom.
What to Do
Give your mug a really good wash with a clean sponge, soap, and hot water daily. Wash your hands every time you visit the bathroom.
Mobility and Accessibility is Key To Optimal Living
The Circle of Life
The fact of the matter is that roles change in life, at first our parents take care of us and then we have the privilege of returning the favor. Depending on the situation, the children, when they grow up, may have to take care of their parents from a financial standpoint and maybe even from a healthcare standpoint as well.
Some children may have to spend more time and provide more care to their parents while other children may just have to possibly just do simple things such as to consider installing a stairlift within their homes.
Whatever the case may be, it is important for younger individuals to have more knowledge about many of the different healthcare options and ways to make the golden years of their familial elders a bit more simple and easy.
Here a few pointers on why stairlifts may be a great addition to your home.
Old Age May Bring Retirement But May Bring Health Issues Too
While old age may be dubbed as the golden years, it is a time to be careful and to make certain to follow proper practices to prevent injury in simple aspects such as walking, climbing, or moving around in general.
Older individuals may be de disoriented, may have headaches, dizziness, forgetfulness, lethargy, frailty and other issues that come with old age. A key issue that would certainly occur in old age, especially for those who have lived a sedentary lifestyle is that of mobility and accessibility in various spaces.
Mobility and accessibility become even more important as time passes on for these older individuals and as such, they require more assistance and care. They might not be as independent as they once were in their spry and younger years, they may need more assistance that you can provide.
As the old saying goes, it is better to be safe than sorry, and when it comes to your loved ones it will certainly ring all the truer, wouldn’t it? The integration of new technologies and materials such as stairlifts will certainly add value to their lives, help to prevent injury and minimize potential risk factors as well.
The truth is that your older folks should feel comfortable within their home, they should be able to move around freely and in a simple manner in this place of warmth and kindness. Their own residence should not give them any trouble and should certainly maximize their comfort levels.
Remember to provide your parents with a higher quality of life by adding these materials to your home.
One of the key questions one might ask is when will these assistance materials be necessary?
The truth is that it is not always easy to tell and as a key part of being cautious and prepared, one should obtain these assistance materials sooner than later. Experts and professionals would be able to advise you and let you know when you should add these augmentation materials to your home. With their years of experience specializing in the field, they would be able to steer you in the right direction.
Do You Want to know the Hair Transplant Cost in Turkey? Read this
The price of hair transplant can be generally expensive, but right now you have a better option thanks to this unique offer, a hair transplant in an exclusive hair clinic in Turkey. The best option to cure alopecia is definitely performing a hair transplant in this part of the world.
The surgical interventions are carried out in important healthcare centers, some of them are the most advanced specialized centers worldwide. These centers have been cataloged a medical reference for hair transplants and have the JCI certification and, in addition, it counts with highly experienced professionals who are at your disposition with the latest technology and 5-star service.
We have created a simple and graphic comparison, so that you can better compare the hair transplant cost in Turkey.
We have made a comparison between hair treatments in the United Kingdom and Turkey. It has been taken as a basis on an operation, 5000 hair grafts and 2.5 euros the average price for each graft to calculate the budget.
Average price: 12.500 Euros
Personalized advice preoperative consultation
Assistance during the trip
Breakfast included in a hotel 5 stars
Maximum number of implants
FUE hair graft
Average price: 2190 Euros
FUE graft of 5000 as maximum number of implants
5 stars hotel
Breakfast included in the hotel
Assistance during the trip
A package for hair graft in Turkey is all included, so that you do not have to worry about additional expenses, however, the standard package does not include the plane.
The package you select can be paid comfortably with a credit card, or cash, the day of the intervention. It currently includes two nights of accommodation and breakfast in a five- star hotel, plus all transfers airport hotel and hospital.
On the other hand, this package also includes consultation and diagnosis of the specialist surgeon, a complete medical analysis prior to the intervention (this is mandatory), hospital clothes for the operation, use of local anesthesia, capillary graft using the FUE technique and transplant with the maximum number of grafts, lunch the day of the intervention, the medications to be used during the period, postoperative shampoo and lotion for the postoperative medical control, and informative monitoring.
Some institutions have the international recognition, in fact some of them are largest in the world. Some institutions have a team of prepared professionals in this area, besides having the best facilities for hair grafting in Turkey.
The primary objective is to offer the best hair growth in the patient. In fact, this is the only and great objective in hair transplants: the rate of growth survival of implanted hair is the main reason for a failure after the intervention.
The loss of oxygen in the hair follicle, unlike any implant organ transplant, is an important issue.
The graft implanted in the scalp needs several days to build a capillary network in the grafts. During this period of time, the hair follicles passively absorb the oxygen that are diffused through tissue. That is why adenosine triphosphate (ATP) is usually used to ensure that oxygen passes completely through the grafted hair follicles and thus ensure the best growth rate in the hair.
Adenosine triphosphate is the molecule that transports the chemical energy inside the cells for the correct metabolism of every cell. That is the reason why during the post –operative care a combination of Hypothermosol FRS and ATP guarantees the hair regrowth.
Hypothermosol FRS is a proven storage solution that includes components that offer osmotic support, and PH buffering. When this two bio enhancements work together, the post-operation trauma is reduced and more hairs stay on the scalp.
So, if you are considering a hair transplant, the most advanced centers are in Istanbul and there you can hire experienced professionals who are at your service. Besides that, the hair transplant cost in Turkey is significantly lower.