According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America says three in 10 people with other allergies will also have pet allergies. Up to 20% of the population have pet allergies, which means that having a four-legged friend isn't always feasible. There are many health benefits to dog ownership, like such as higher survival rates in the instance of a heart attack, and as it turns out, you might not have to forgo the companionship and benefits of having a dog just because you're allergic. You might not be allergic to all dogs.
I was super nervous the first time I fed each of my kids peanuts, terrified that they might have a life-threatening allergic reaction.
Kids can be allergic to any food, of course, but peanut allergies are particularly scary. While relatively rare, anaphylaxis isn't something you want to mess around with.
When my kids were babies, the prevailing advice was to delay introducing peanuts into a child’s diet in case they were allergic. So when I heard that actor/director/all-around-awesome-human Justin Baldoni and his wife were feeding peanuts to their 6-month-old son — as his first solid food, no less — I was intrigued.
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For young kids, Halloween should be fun-scary. Not scary-scary.
While your child might do just fine with elaborate costumes, frightening yard displays, and stuffing their face with as much sugary candy as possible, there are many, many others for whom Halloween poses unique challenges.
In the U.S., 1 in 13 children have a serious food allergy, for example, and 1 in 68 have an autism spectrum disorder. And about 1 in 20 school-aged children in the U.S. have a significant physical or mental disability. It all starts to add up, and many of these issues may not be outwardly visible.
Pay close attention these lyrics of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game," commonly sung at baseball games.
"Take me out to the ball game,
Take me out with the crowd.
Buy me some peanuts and crackerjacks,
I don't care if I never get back.
Let me root, root, root,
For the home team.
If they don't win it's a shame.
For it's one,
Three strikes you're out
At the old ball game."
For some kids, that whole "never get back" part in this classic song can be taken literally.
What do I mean?
Let me get a bit ... graphic here.