Stories about: milk allergy

This week on Thrive: Oct. 12 – 16

Here’s a quick look at what Thrive was up to last week.

Arianna Faro shares her story of how she’s struggled with the rare, disfiguring disease Klippel-Trenaunay (KT) syndrome, but has come to accept the role it plays in her life. A new study has reignited worries about BPA exposure being hazardous to our children. We find out in the last part of our milk allergy series if Brett Nasuti has been cured, and his mom, Robyn, tell us how the result affects her family. Parents tell us why they’ve chosen to give their children the H1N1 vaccine. The HealthMap team gives us a weekly update on the latest H1N1 news. We’re keeping up with Children’s Hospital Boston’s heart team in Ghana. Children’s resident Mediatrician helps a dad figure out how his son can balance school work and social media. A Children’s study  aims to catch dyslexia before it catches your child.

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What overcoming a milk allergy means to my family

DSC04346By Robyn Nasuti

What does being able to tolerate cow’s milk protein mean to my milk allergic family?

  • It means Cheetos, Doritos, yogurt, pizza, Smart food, chicken parmesan and ice cream, but those are the obvious answers.
  • It means using hand soap without worrying whether or not it has milk in it.
  • It means no more separate pizza stones and pizza slicers.
  • It means buying school lunch with friends.
  • It means eating in a restaurant without stomach-turning fear.
  • It means movie theater popcorn.
  • It means vacation without locating the nearest Emergency Room before we go.
  • It means I can buy the shampoo I used before he was diagnosed with a milk allergy.
  • It means caramel candy coated apples in the fall.
  • It means buying junk food at the carnival.
  • It means milking a cow at our friend’s dairy farm in New Hampshire.
  • It means re-booking that cancelled trip to Mexico, because they couldn’t feed him at the hotel.
  • It means Boy Scout camping and school field trips (without mom or dad chaperoning every trip).
  • It means sitting at a table and not having to wash it because he’d get hives if milk was present.
  • It means going to a friend’s birthday party and they don’t have to put away the Doritos and chocolate candy when you arrive. It means taking home the goody bag and eating the candy rather than giving the food to his sister.
  • It means we don’t have to swap out every single candy at Halloween.

But most important, it means I can kiss him and not have to stop and think about what I ate and run to brush my teeth first.

In a single word….it means FREEDOM!

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A cure for milk allergies – Part 8: Will Brett be cured of his milk allergy?

Brett Nasuti is Children’s first patient to go through a new trial that could cure him of his severe food allergy. In this final video on our series, Brett finds out if he passes the final milk challenge in the study—which culminates in him drinking a full 8-ounce glass of milk—and if he’s cured. If he passes the challenge, there’s an enormous pizza party in store for him.

Click here to read our story about Brett, Children’s milk allergy trial and experts’ latest thinking about food allergies.

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This week on Thrive: Oct. 5 – 9

Here’s a quick look at what Thrive was up to last week.

Canada is delaying its seasonal-flu vaccine program. Should we be worried? There are an alarmingly high number of glass-table injuries involving children. Six months after Children’s Hospital Boston’s Division of Emergency Medicine published a study on these injuries, new standards have been recommended in the production of glass-tables. A Children’s study showed that side effects or accidental overdoses of medications in children are more common than you might think. In part 7 of our milk allergy series, Robyn Nasuti shares her tips on keeping her kitchen safe. French Parliament wants to pass a law that would mandate a bold print notice when images have been digitally enhanced. Children’s Alison Field, ScD, who specializes in eating disorders, talks about what we can do to educate our children about images in the media. We follow one family’s story when they discovered their child, Ann Louise, showed signs of a congenital heart defect. Children’s David Ludwig, MD, addresses the soda-tax solution in an opinion piece for the Los Angeles Times. The HealthMap team gives their weekly H1N1 update. The Mediatrician weighs in on what computer games, if any, are good for a 2-year-old.

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