DS referred to a behavioral specialist, anyone with similar experience?

Posted on: Fri, 12/19/2003 - 6:51am
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Today I took ds to ped. office since he has been quite sick with what is probably the flu and also an ear infection. He behaved like he often does in public places and even at home. He can't stay still, throws anything he can get his hands on at whoever is in his way, kicks, spits, just generally becomes out of control and can become *very* aggressive and defiant. This behavior is sometimes predictable (related to being tired, overstimulated, etc), sometimes not. Anyway, today the ped. witnessed an episode and began a discussion with me about how often this happens and other questions, he suggested DS go to a behavioral specialist in a nearby city (we don't have anyone like that here apparently). DS will be four in March and he has been through our Early Intervention program but he is now too old for that program. I just wanted to know if anyone else has had similar experience or knows anything about behavioral specialists. I tend to find out as much as I can, but if anyone has had a similar experience and can share any info. I would appreciate it. I have real fears about him going to public school with not only the pa issue but possibly these behavior issues too.

Posted on: Fri, 12/19/2003 - 11:41am
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I do not have this happening with my child but you perfectly describe my next door neighbor/friend's little 2 yo boy. She even had an episode of him biting, scratcing and totally out of control on a plane. He weighs 40 pounds at 2, as well. He is so sweet too, but then turns on a dime with her and has tantrums and fits, etc...
She just got into EI and was just told this am to bring him to a specialist to work him up for autism(high functioning). The therapist was thinking more to help the mother cope with the behavior and understand it, not to frighten her, but she was shaken by the thought.
Just some support, not experience. I am a PT, and in general, I would seek out more that just a diagnosis. Look for them to help you with problem solving and strategies to cope with life for you and your child. I worry that all these specialists label kids but do not always offer practical solutions and strategies.
Best of luck. I really know how hard it can be. I spend alot of time with my neighbor who feels very isolated with her son at times. I have come to have an an open door policy with her. Basically my dd goes over there and her son comes here alot because the change of pace really helps him be happy(a new face in the day, new space to explore). For some reason, he is very mellow playing in my basement, so I let them come in and go play there even if I am busy doing other things!
I hope you get the help you need. becca

Posted on: Fri, 12/19/2003 - 1:13pm
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jaketoo, I don't know if my thread about Oppositional Defiant Disorder under Off Topic may help you or not. I'll re-raise it.
My daughter just turned 6 in September. Last winter say, at the age of 5, she was having temper tantrums at most people would have considered her to have outgrown by that age. She would totally wig out and become uncontrollable. If you tried to place her in time-out you actually had to sit and physically hold her in the chair. Or, if you sent her to her room, you had to stay outside of the room and hold the door closed while she trashed her room.
I went to the doctor and I said that I thought my daughter was very angry and I gave him the reason(s) as to why I thought she might be angry.
We were referred to a behavioural pediatrician. We had an appointment in August month. I filled out a 20 page questionnaire. He read through it and immediately diagnosed her with Oppositional Defiant Disorder. He suggested I read the book called The Explosive Child, which I have.
We saw him again at the beginning of November month and I did question his diagnosis. He said that it sounded as though perhaps she didn't have ODD but was having difficulties at home (for good reason) because this NEVER manifests itself at school (although I have now read that that is common with children with ODD anyway - they act out where they feel safe - at home).
What he suggested was that we needed family therapy and I just did the intake to-day actually for both children to receive individual counselling to deal with several different *issues*.
I'm not saying that your son has ODD, but just wanted to tell you why we were referred to a behavioural pediatrician and what happened.
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Posted on: Fri, 12/19/2003 - 1:49pm
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We had a load of trouble with my stepson having tantrums at home when he was age 2-3. They were getting out of hand because he was destroying things and we were afraid he would hurt himself.
I called our Area Education Agency and they referred me to a preschool counselor. She came to our house and told us about this strategy for tantrums:
First, kids have tantrums to gain attention and to manipulate their own way 7 gain control.
Second, how you respond to it makes the tantrum get worse. We were putting him in his room and then checking on him when he pounded on the door and finally letting him out when we thought he might hurt himself. (He was controlling us!)
Third, she told us that each and every time he had a tantrum to put him in his room and leave him there no matter what he did. We were to tell him he could not come out of his room until the tantrum stopped. She said he might pound on doors, walls, kick and scream and it could last up to 40 minutes the first time. But she said each successive time, the tantrums would not last as long and would finally extinguish out when he learned we were in charge.
We didn't really believe but we did exactly what she told us too. The first tantrum lasted 40 minutes. We sat in the living room and talked each other out of going in his room. The second tantrum was 20 minutes. The third tantrum was five minutes. After that there were no more tantrums.
As far as kids throwing tantrums in public places...we always had a conversation with our kids before going to a restaurant, grocery store etc. They were told that if they behaved, they could have a special treat. They were told that if they were naughty, they would not be allowed to go again. We would take them to Grandma's. Of course, there would be no special treat. We never had any problems.
Oh by the way, my mother told me when I had tantrums...she threw a glass of cold water in my face. She said she did it twice and that was all it took.

Posted on: Fri, 12/19/2003 - 10:32pm
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Joined: 08/28/2003 - 09:00

Is your ds on any medication that would cause him to behave that way? How do you descipline your ds?
I occasionaly have some minor behavioral problems from my 5 year old dd, but usually only after returning home from the in laws house. They basically let her do whatever she chooses, so when she comes back home, my hubby & I have to remind her who is in charge. Her punishment ranges from going to her room, a spanking, or being grounded from a certain upcoming event. Just as cathlina posted, you have to show them who's in charge. And stick to whatever you tell them. It broke my heart for my dd to miss a special birthday party for a close friend, but when she didn't do as told, I had no choice but to enforce what I had said. Even though it messed up my plans too-she now knows that when I tell her to do something (such as cleaning up her terribly messy room, I mean it.) That was about 6 months ago & I haven't had that problem any more!
I do agree with your doctor referring you to a behavioral specialist. Please try to concentrate on your ds, rather than a 'diagnosis.' I think some doctors are too quick to try a give a clinical diagnosis.
My brother in law is high functioning autistic. He does have outbursts, thou not violent ones. He is now 24 years old, his outbursts are crying, & mumbling things under his breath. Even though he is autistic, he knows what his limits are with any outbursts & what his conquences will be. And this is from a child that the doctors said would be "dumb" his whole life! They actually said he would never even learn how to tye his own shoes! A nurse secretly took them aside & told them if they wanted to help him to treat him as normal as possible. So, that's what they did. When he was 3 they entered him into a special preschool & he was also given speech therapy. He blossomed! When I first began dating my husband his brother was 12. I vividly remember the first thing he ever said to me-"What color is your agitator?" I didn't even know what an agitator was!!!! He meant on our washing machine....he loves trains, weather, gardening, vaccumes & washing machines...he does have lots of ticks, such as having to take a bath at the exact same time every night-no exceptions, not a minute more or less. He has an extremely high pain tolerance, etc...Now he has a small lawn service business that his dad helps him with. It is amazing what even 'disabled' child/people can do!
Good luck with your ds, & try to be firm-it's the hardest thing for a parrent to do. Let us know what the specialist tells you.
[This message has been edited by abbylukesmom (edited December 20, 2003).]

Posted on: Sat, 12/20/2003 - 12:20am
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Quote:Originally posted by cathlina:
Oh by the way, my mother told me when I had tantrums...she threw a glass of cold water in my face. She said she did it twice and that was all it took.
My mother told me this too. Our DS had a tough time between 3 and 4. I tried the water a few times and it never worked. What I ended up doing was putting him back in diapers and taking him out of pre school.
The tanrtums stopped after missing one afternoon of pre school and being back in diapers.
And the most heartbreaking part of this story is at the age of 17 he asked me "mom why did you throw water in my face when I was little?"
The diapers and pre school do not seem so important anymore. The look on his face at the age of 17 broke my heart. I explained that we HAD to get his attention and this seemed like a non threatening way. He knows things were bad with him at that age.
Please don't throw water in your babies faces. I do not understand why I ever listened to my mother who was abusive and mentally ill. I lose sleep over this every night.
There has to be a better way.

Posted on: Sat, 12/20/2003 - 12:25am
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Cathlina, my dd had tantrums like that. She will kick the door to the point I fear she might break her foot. It just dawned on my, though, it has been a few months and we have had none of that. She has been given time outs in her room, but only cried and banged a bit, not the violence. I did do what you described, basically not caving in, but what a worry. She did actually break her arm throwing herself out of her crib in anger at barely 2, so my fears were realistic! It sort of occurred to me it might be abnormal, but I really don't know.
Anyway, what really caught my eye was your cold water story! I have a frind whose Mom said she did the same thing to one of her kids. She was flipping out and Mom was doing the dishes. So, she just reflexively splashed some cold water in her face. The tantrum stopped, the child was shocked and never did it again. I know it wouldn't work with my child, LOL. I do know, with my dd, *any* attention at all for the behavior really does keep it going. But I think this is for normal tantruming. I do think ours is normal because it is always at home and usually with me, versus dh and for very specific issues(bedtime stuff, etc...). becca

Posted on: Sat, 12/20/2003 - 1:10am
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We were still living in Stayner, so closer to my Mother, but she would have told me the same thing regardless of where we lived, but I'm trying to get a gauge on Ember's age. We left Stayner when she was 4.
Anyway, my Mom told me the same thing. Throw a glass of cold water in her face when she was having the tantrum.
I did try it once and I have to say that although it did work (she stopped wigging out she was so shocked), I didn't think it was an okay thing to do, just my opinion, because how would I feel if someone threw a glass of water in my face when I wigged out?
I just didn't feel comfortable with it, although, as I say, the one time I tried it, it did work.
I really recommend reading The Explosive Child. I found it helpful even though I haven't really put any of the things into practice yet with Ember. Why was it helpful then?
Ember had started this thing where she really couldn't *do* the grocery store. She would totally lose it in the grocery store and I'm not sure if I posted about it in the ODD thread or not, but there was the one time she wanted a muffin mix and came and threw it at me at the check-out counter. Threw it at me!
I came home and basically told her Father that she couldn't do the grocery store anymore. When I read The Explosive Child, there was a story about another child that for whatever reason couldn't do the grocery store either.
Now, she has to do them regardless because of our family dynamics, but I do believe she's dealing with them better. Not perfectly, but better.
I don't know. I can't deal with malls, like I just posted to becca in another thread, Em can't do grocery stores.
I am hoping the therapy will help and I have noticed what I consider a very positive change in her behaviour over the last 1-1/2 months when something in our family changed that I really think was what was at the root of her anger.
Oh, jaketoo, and I'm not saying that you have an angry young man on your hands or that's it your family or that it's your fault, or anything. I was just telling you about my experience with Em and why we got the referral. I hope you don't think I was trying to say anything negative about your son, your family, you, or your parenting style. Seriously. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Sat, 12/20/2003 - 1:27am
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Joined: 11/02/2000 - 09:00

Our DS, at six, has been going through behavioral programs of one kind or another for what seems like his lifetime.
His behavior is not as extreme as what any of you describe, though. We went through a half dozen different diagnoses -- each one becoming more refined as he grew older. The fact is, some disorders cannot be diagnosed at such a young age.
After "playing with" the idea of Asberger's, then ADD/ADHD, then some ODD, then Tourette's, at age six, he is still unmedicated because he is gradually maturing and outgrowing so many of these problems that have plagued him for six years.
We still struggle on a daily basis with his eating difficulties (he is an extremely picky eater -- gags at smells and touch and taste of absolutely everything but dry foods), and he still exhibits some signs of ADD, but not enough to require him to be medicated. It's not even enough to require his teacher to mention his behavior to us anymore than the next kid.
So to answer your question the short way: yes, we've worked with behavior specialists (he was in behavioral preschool and kindergarten programs), but in his case, he seems to be growing out of (or in to) his issues and is doing extremely well. If I had it to do all over again, I certainly would.
Good luck! I hope things are as successful for you as they were for us.
One quick piece of advice for you on your travels through this, though: remember to celebrate his successes. We found that we were so focussed on what to do about his negative behavior, that we forgot that what we should be focussing on is HOW WELL he was doing. It's so easy to make this mistake when you're in "programs."
Good luck!

Posted on: Sat, 12/20/2003 - 2:26am
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Joined: 12/29/2002 - 09:00

Quote:Originally posted by teacher:
We still struggle on a daily basis with his eating difficulties (he is an extremely picky eater -- gags at smells and touch and taste of absolutely everything but dry foods.
Good luck![/b]
My PA son also gagged at smells. Even bandaids made him gag. He could not be in a room with play dough and he would not touch wet foods. Even crayons, he never colored till almost first grade because he gagged around crayons and markers.
I KNEW in my heart that this was some sort of allergy and once we discovered the PA I figured I was right.
He eventually started using crayons and all of the other idiosyncracies disappeared sooner or later. He is still very picky at 19 but I figure that saved his life so I work around it.
Gosh I never thought I would see this kid eat.

Posted on: Sat, 12/20/2003 - 8:14am
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Joined: 01/03/2002 - 09:00

Well, I guess I am missing something about the tantrums. Dd had a few around age 1 1/2 or 2. I ignored them. They stopped. Why throw water? Why not just ignore them? With a few exceptions (such as a medical diagnosis), tantrums are to get attention or to get what they want. Why reward them by giving them any attention? Usually when dd had tantrums I would go do the dishes or vacuum. Other than the 3 or 4 she had around age 1 1/2 or 2, they have never happened since. She`s almost 9 now. I have made it clear it accomplishes nothing to throw a tantrum---so why do it?

Posted on: Sat, 12/20/2003 - 2:03pm
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Joined: 08/23/2003 - 09:00

Hi! Happy Holidays Everyone!
One thing we learned about the gag@ smells, touch, taste is it is allergy and intestinally related. Just changing some foods in our DD's diet and adding bifidus and dophilus(which is found in small amounts in yougurt) she has not had any problem since. We do add the bifidus and acidophilus(you can find it at health food stores - refrigerator item) to water and she drinks it before meals or if she has a tummy ache - it definately has help and rarely does she gag. She is very sensitive to smells but they no longer gag her. She just coughs.
The other issue - tantrums and behavioral issues are they not just age related? - All children go through these stages and its how we deal with them that really determines how the little one will respond.
Anyway blessings to each of you and grace for another year. Pray for wisdom and ask God to bless your little ones!

Posted on: Sun, 12/21/2003 - 5:11am
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Jaketoo, could you email me privately? I have a question for you.
My email is in my profile.

Posted on: Sun, 12/21/2003 - 8:48am
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Carefulmom, I also tried to completely ignore my daughter's temper tantrums. Now, had she been only 1-1/2 or 2 when she was having them, I would have thought that it was age appropriate. However, when they continued past the age where *most* people think they're okay (or not okay), so at age 4 was when my Mother suggested the water thing (something I didn't like) and now even right up 'til this day and I had tried everything (or I believed everything) and she still continued to have them, I recognized that for our family, and again, just our family, we needed to get to the root of what was causing them.
This hasn't happened within the last couple of months, but she would wig out to the point where her eyes would roll back in her head and also by the time she came out of her wig-out, she had a headache.
I honestly believe, for my daughter, she's angry. She has reasons to be angry. And that's why I was willing to see the behavioural pediatrician with her but also unwilling to accept his diagnosis upon seeing her once and not speaking directly with her but from reading my answers on a questionnaire. And I think he probably thought I was right, in some way, because that's why he suggested family therapy for the whole family rather than simply my daughter.
Lately, I've been able to pinpoint triggers better, particularly if she comes out of the school and says "I hate you" immediately to me and I've just been standing there waiting to pick her up. I'm like, okay, what did I do? And then I recognize that no, something happened at school that she didn't feel okay about and rather than tell the person - the child that wouldn't play with her, the teacher that forgot a promise, she takes it out on me.
So, it's a matter of getting her to recognize what she's angry about, sad about whatever, and speak with the appropriate person about it. Or, at least recognize what she's angry or sad or frustrated about and tell me so that we can talk about it in a way so that I'm not called names.
As I think I mentioned in this thread, I just did the intake with the counsellor on Friday so her and her brother's therapy won't start until probably the end of January month and Ember has already said that she is not going to talk to anyone, but I am hoping that someone will be able to get her to open up and discuss her feelings in a more appropriate way.
I've always had that Woody Allen films idea of therapy - I'm not ashamed to admit when I think I need it and now, when I think my children might benefit from it.
But, as I said to jaketoo, in my second post I believe, I am certainly not judging her child, her parenting, or anything. Just wanted her to know that someone else out here has, yes, been referred to a behavioural specialist and I did go into pretty graphic detail as to why.
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Posted on: Sun, 12/21/2003 - 11:07am
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Thanks everybody for your replies. These past few days have been rough- with DS being sick and this whole flu thing. I have been dealing with DS's "difficult behavior" or whatever you want to call it since he turned about a year and a half old. I would call what I am dealing with a lot more than just tantrums, but I would agree that it is about control, and lately, anger. DS was a very easy infant, cried only when tired, wet, etc. No colic, rarely awoke at night, was happy and playful most of the time. Then around 1 1/2 years old he started to fight everything. Every single diaper change was a physical struggle. He would kick, scream, stiffen up as I would try to put him in his car seat. Dressing him was a struggle too. It started to seem like everything that other people just did, required a struggle for DS and me - and still does. At the time it started I thought well maybe just a stage, take control of the situation right? I found the whole Early Intervention program to not be very effective for DS, except for his special instruction therapist who provided some very construtive suggestions. But now he is too old for EI and definitely does not qualify for CPSE. Somehow his behavior has escalated and I am, quite honestly, physically and mentally exhausted by it. All that said, he is beautiful child who can be sweet, charming, lovable, all those wonderful things that children are. One thing I *know* is that this whole family needs help- not just him. I hope our behavioral ped. suggests family therapy too. Alt. to Mainstream, I will look for "The Explosive Child". I have read "The Difficult Child", actually it was a copy loaned to me by DS's special inst. therapist. I am still waiting for the ped. ofc. to call with a time for the behav. ped.-apparently there is a long waiting period to get in to see them and they are trying to get him in sooner. I guess the fact that there is such a long wait lets me know I am not alone. Thanks everyone- I'll keep you posted.

Posted on: Sun, 12/21/2003 - 12:54pm
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Hi Alternative to Mainstream, I truly did not mean to oversimplify it and I don`t thing there is anything wrong with going to a behavioral specialist regarding the underlying issue (whatever they are angry about). I guess in separating the two issues (tantrums vs anger) what I did with dd was ignore the tantrums which stopped right away and when she was a little older talked to her about the things she was angry about. Dd has also been to a child psychologist, although not specifically about temper tantrums (because they stopped after a few) but to discuss her feelings about other things, mostly her dad being deceased and then her grandma who she was very close to died. I guess the point is that they have to know that it is okay to be angry, but that tantrums as a way of expressing it is not acceptable. As far as using techniques at home to get rid of the tantrums it would never cross my mind to do anything other than ignore them. Still it is important to address somewhere what is causing them (either by the parent talking to the child or by a psychologist talking to the child).

Posted on: Sun, 12/21/2003 - 1:50pm
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jaketoo, it was *good* to see you back in your own thread. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] I think I know how you feel. You, as the parent, can see the beautiful child underneath whatever is causing the behaviour. Just like I see that as well with Ember. It may appear as though, from what I've written, that she's a holy terror all of the time and that's so not true. But it did get to a point where her Father and I were pulling our hair out and completely exhausted because the behaviour would be so extreme (in our minds, and compared to what we were *allowed* to do when we were children).
I have noticed a change in her within the last couple of months and that is due to a change in the family dynamics.
Carefulmom, I understand what you're saying about ignoring the tantrums. Believe me, I did do a whole lot of ignoring. Now, with *most* children, they would have gotten it that you weren't going to pay them any heed when they pulled a hissy fit. But there are some children, and they can be labeled whatever (as Ember was labeled Oppositional Defiant Disorder) that even though they know you're going to ignore them, still continue to pull the hissy fit. And continue past an age where it's okay. They won't sit down and talk about things rationally.
I'm not sure that jaketoo is dealing with the same type of behaviour(s) that I'm dealing with with Ember, but I honest to God know what it feels like to be at your wit's end with your child and some days go through the whole day thinking, how can that be my baby girl? Or kissing her on the head at night and seeing such a sweet face and wondering how she could have done or said the things she did that day.
As I say, it has been getting better for us since we changed family dynamics within the last couple of months. Certainly not the *perfect* child on my hand's yet, but we're working on it.
jaketoo, I know what you mean about the length of time to get a referral. I forget how long it took me to see the behavioural pediatrician the first time and then I didn't see him again with Ember for two months. He really told me upfront, since he is the only specialist in town, that he couldn't give her the attention that he felt she required and where he referred us, depending on what the caseworker thinks, we may be able to have weekly or bi-weekly sessions.
And again, there was a dropping of the ball in even that. The behavioural pediatrician had said that his secretary would refer us to the other place. That was November 3rd.
I hadn't heard anything from them. At the end of November there was an incident with both of my kids in the schoolyard at school. I spoke with the school counsellor and she still felt that it was a family thing (sibling rivalry, dynamics, whatever) and that we needed to get to the place where the referral was supposed to have been made to.
I called the next day, and they hadn't received a referral from the behavioural pediatrician! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/mad.gif[/img] I just checked my paperwork from him tonight and his directions to his secretary, which I get a copy of, where to refer us to the other place! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/mad.gif[/img]
So, they do an intake with me over the phone at the end of November month and, as I say, it was just this last Friday, so what, the 19th of December, that I finally did the intake with the intake worker at their offices.
I now have to wait over the holidays and then two weeks before I'll have a letter mailed to me with an appointment to come in again.
But, from what I understand, once you get the ball rolling, it is rolling.
One thing I may or may not have said that I think is really important. It's okay for me to recommend The Explosive Child to you to read. But both parents, if they are living with the child, have to read the book (or even, as you mentioned you had read The Difficult Child). You can't put things into place unless your child's other parent has read the same material and is willing to do the same.
I read the book. Ember's Father didn't. So, as I slowly tried to put things in place from the book that I thought would be helpful, he didn't even know what the heck I was doing. And basically, that undermined what I was trying to accomplish. Both parents do have to be on the same wavelength about it and understand that you're both doing the same thing.
If you'd ever like to e-mail re this, please feel free. I feel kinda exposed just having told you, although I'm sure I posted about it in the ODD thread in Off Topic, about Ember. It sounds like she's the Wicked Witch of The West or something and nothing could be further from the truth. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]
Oh, is your son the child who is PA? Ember is not PA.
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For those with severe food allergies, flying can be a stressful process. Here are...

Approximately one out of 13 children under age 18 are allergic to at least one food, though many of them will outgrow their allergy by the age of...

Fact 1: Over a third of food allergy reactions happen after the first known oral...

The reason why some people are affected by allergies while others are not begins in their genes. Allergies are passed down from generation to...

Here’s a tip that might someday save your life, or that of a loved one: two to four times a year, review the proper way to use your epinephrine...

Lactose intolerance is the inability to process lactose, a sugar found in milk, caused by the lack of a needed enzyme. Those with lactose...

Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA)

An important part of peanut allergy awareness was enacted on January 1, 2006...

Tomato allergies are very rare. They are a "type 1 allergy," which means a contact allergy. When a person with this type of allergy touches a...

Milk allergies are becoming more common, especially in babies and small children. There is some confusion about what is an allergic reaction and...

Recognizing food allergy in babies or toddlers is not always easy, but there are specific risk factors and signs that parents and other caregivers...

Burlap bags are often used to store and ship coffee beans, potatoes, rice, seeds, nuts, and peanuts. They can be one of the disguised...

People with pollen allergies need to stay away from some foods. If you have allergic rhinitis in the spring or fall, you may not realize that you...

Of course, everyone knows that if you have a peanut allergy that you should avoid peanuts, peanut butter, peanut butter cookies and foods that...

Eating at a nut-free lunch table in school is a safety precaution that causes some students to feel isolated from their peers. Unfortunately,...