Update on Bo's Peanut Allergy Treatment
November 11, 2008
Bo's daily peanut dosage for his peanut allergy treatment study is now equivalent to a kernal of a peanut.
Halloween Fun Despite a Food Allergy
Some of our readers have asked how we deal with Halloween considering Bo's life threatening peanut allergy. Some parents of food allergic children no longer let them Trick-or-Treat door-to-door. We certainly understand that thinking because it really is scary with that much uncontrolled exposure to food and candy for a food allergic child during Halloween.
So this year, we took advantage of the fact Halloween was on a Friday and sponsored a block party at our house. We rented a space walk for kids age 5 and up, a neighbor set-up their smaller inflatable for the little kids and we had a hay ride as well. Everyone from the block brought a dish or drinks over to our house and the kids went door-to-door trick-or-treating in groups. We had over 100 people at the house all night, it was a blast!
To accomodate Bo's peanut allergy, we took the following steps for a safe Halloween:
- We fed Bo dinner before the party started
- A few neighbors made peanut free treats that were specially marked and put out in a seperate food area
- Bo went trick-or-treating with the other kids but allowed the candy to be put in his bag (any type candy was OK). Then, we he got home we traded his bag of collected candy for a bag his mom had made with an assortment of safe candy including Skittles, Starburst, Blow Pops, Air Heads, etc. Bo's friends thought it was cool to have his haul of candy divided up among them! Be sure to check out Bo's updated peanut free safe food list.
More Peanut Allergy Related News:
- Divvie's introduces allergy free chocolate bars!
- Another food allergy desensitization treatment program in the news.
- For information about current food allergy research or to sign up for e-mail alerts about new research trials, visit this Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) link
What an Awesome alternative to the candy problem! Sounds like it was a wonderfully fun evening! Love it!
I'm an AR mom as well and my youngest spent a month at ARCH when he was born for his open heart surgery. He has a very mild chocolate allergy. I'm so excited about the treatments and study that Bo is taking part in. There is a boy in our homeschool co-op that has a severe peanut allergy and I sent his mom the link to your blog. Have a super day.
Posted by: Lynnet | November 21, 2008 at 09:46 AM
I happened to stumble upon your website and I am very excited to see the progress Bo and others have had with this treatments. My daughter who is 10 has a severe peanut allergy and after reading some of your life experiences it's like I'm reading a story about our life. I can't tell you how excited I am that there is something out there that is actually working. I know it was probably very scary for your family to go forward with this treatment as I know it would have been for our family. Thanks for being brave Bo.
Posted by: Darren | November 13, 2008 at 10:52 PM