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This Halloween Go Teal

Posted 10.30.14 | Nutrition Specialist

Halloween can be a challenging holiday for families with food allergies. Allowing Little Ones to enjoy the experience without fear of an allergic reaction often keeps families from participating. As a solution, FARE (Food Allergy Research Education) is encouraging families to start a new tradition, the Teal Pumpkin Project, that will make Halloween less scary for children with food allergies.

This campaign encourages people to raise awareness of food allergies by providing non-food treats for trick-or-treaters and painting a pumpkin teal - the color of food allergy awareness - to place in front of their house along with a free printable sign from FARE to indicate they have non-food treats available. 

The Teal Pumpkin Project is designed to promote safety, inclusion and respect of individuals managing food allergies – and to keep Halloween a fun, positive experience for all. 

To learn more about the campaign, visit

You can download a teal colored pumpkin here.

Have a happy and safe food allergy-free Halloween!


Everything You Need to Know About Neocate Nutra

Posted 10.17.14 | Nutrition Specialist

Our latest Neocate product video features everything parents and caregivers need to know about Neocate Nutra.


Click on the image below to watch the full video.


To learn more about Neocate Nutra, use the following resources:

Everything You Need to Know About Neocate Infant DHA/ARA

Posted 10.8.14 | Nutrition Specialist

At Nutricia we are dedicated to providing families and caregivers with products that offer the most nutritional while managing their little ones' food allergies. We are continuing our series of product videos, which highlights the nutritional and dietetic value of our Neocate products.

Below is our product video on Neocate Infant DHA/ARA. Click the image to play the video.

To learn more about Neocate Infant DHA/ARA please visit the following links:


Food Allergy Challenges - Be Prepared!

Posted 10.2.14 | Rob McCandlish, RDN

If you're a parent or caregiver to a child with food allergies, you know that visits to the doctor for food allergy challenges can be overwhelming and time-consuming. If you're new to these visits though, many parents end up at these visits feeling underprepared and unaware that the visit can sometimes last 3 to 4 hours. One food allergy parent we spoke with recently said she was caught off guard and unprepared for how long the visit was. Parents to small children know how difficult it can be to entertain them for 15 minutes, much less several hours!

If you're taking your little one in for food allergy challenges, make sure that you bring some items to entertain them, such as books, crafts, or a handheld game device. This can help you and them to pass the time, as you wait to see if there are any reactions to different amounts of the food being challenged.

For some great additional tips on how to prepare your child for the visit, things you need to do in advance, and topics you might want to discuss with the healthcare team beforehand, see this very helpful guide put out by Kids with Food Allergies.

What have you found helpful in preparing for food allergy challenges?


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Everything You Need to Know About Neocate E028 Splash

Posted 9.17.14 | Nutrition Specialist

At Nutricia we are dedicated to providing families and caregivers with products that offer the most nutritional while managing their little ones' food allergies. We know that many of you often have questions about the Neocate family of products, so we've created videos explaining each of the products' ingredients and nutritional value. You can watch our first video on Neocate Junior with Prebiotics, here.

Below is our product video on Neocate Splash E028. Click the image to play the video.



To learn more about Neocate E028 Splash please visit the following links:

If you have questions feel free to give our medical team a call at 1-800-365-7354. You can also follow us on Twitter @Neocate or like our Facebook page

KFA Mall Walk 2014

Posted 9.5.14 | Nutrition Specialist

On Sunday, September 7, Neocate will be participating in the Kids with Food Allergies (KFA) Strides for Safe Kids Mall Walk. The Mall Walk is an annual fundraising event created to bring awareness to food allergies while working towards finding a cure. This year's walk will take place at Plymouth Meeting Mall in Plymouth Meeting, PA. The Neocate team will be onsite providing free taste samples of Neocate Junior, Strawberry as well as talking with families about their specific food allergy needs and concerns. This year's fundraising is $50,000 and KFA is more than halfway there! With your support, we can help KFA meet their goal.

If you are in the Plymouth Meeting area, we encourage you to attend this great event. There will be exhibitions and free samples.

To learn more about the event and Mall Walks near you please visit,

We hope to see you there!

Read about our experience at previous Mall Walks here.


Hypoallergenic Peanuts: What are they and what does it mean for parents of allergic children

Posted 8.19.14 | Mallory West

You may have seen recent reports in the news about newly-developed “hypoallergenic peanuts”. In today’s post, we’ll talk about this new technology and what it means to parents of children with peanut allergies.

An estimated 2.8 million Americans suffer from peanut allergies. For those with peanut allergies, peanuts can cause severe allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis.

Researchers at North Carolina A&T University developed a first of its kind food processing system that reduces the allergenicity of regular peanuts. Regular peanuts are treated with special enzymes, which the researchers have found reduces the levels of allergens in the peanuts by up to 98%!

At this point, only the science has been discovered, so you won’t find allergy-friendly peanuts and peanut products in the grocery stores just yet. However, North Carolina A&T State University researchers have teamed up with a company that hopes to commercialize the new technology, so you may see such products in the years to come.  

Although the idea of hypoallergenic peanut butter is exciting for those with peanut allergies, it’s important to remember that hypoallergenic does not mean non-allergenic. Although the special processing reduces the allergens in peanuts, it is still possible to have an allergic reaction to a less allergenic peanut because it only takes a trace amount of an allergen to trigger a reaction in very allergic individuals. When these products become commercially available, it’s important to consult with your child’s allergist before trying them. If you decide to trial them, be sure to do so under close medical supervision in case an allergic reaction occurs.  



Web-based Food Allergy Resources

Posted 8.7.14 | Rob McCandlish, RDN

This is a guest post from Leslie Stiles. Leslie Stiles received her BS in English Literature at University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana and obtained her Masters in Human Nutrition from University of Illinois in Chicago. She works as a Senior Clinical Nutritionist at a children’s hospital in Chicago, IL.

A diagnosis of a food allergy may come as a shock to your family, and that shock may continue when you go to the grocery store and start to look at nutrition labels. You might find yourself asking “What can my kid eat?!”, “Will they be able to eat typical kid food like birthday cake and pizza?”, or “What will I pack them for school lunches?” The list of questions can be endless and overwhelming to say the least. Luckily, thanks to the world wide web, there are some accessible resources that will both educate and inspire you about allergen-free cooking and shopping.

This blog post is intended to present some tried and true resources that I often share with families. I encourage you all, as readers and family members of children with food allergies, to share your own tried and true resources in the comments section. It’s important for us to share information and help each other stay informed.

For all things allergy-related, the Food Allergy Research and Education organization (FARE) website is chock full of useful information. I recommend spending some time exploring all it has to offer and bookmarking it to refer to later.

Allergy Free Recipes

The Kids with Food Allergies website has created an easy-to-use, searchable recipe database. You can search for recipes that are free of the top 8 allergens and corn.

The American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology website has a lot of great information about food allergies, in addition to some tasty allergen-free recipes. Each recipe is marked with a key stating which allergens have been omitted.

Recipe Substitutions

If you think your child with a dairy and egg allergy has to miss out on your Great Aunt Mildred’s famous banana bread, think again… You may be able to substitute other ingredients for the butter and eggs. The Kids with Food Allergies website gives a good overview of the function of each allergen ingredient in a recipe and provides suggestions for good substitutions. Unfortunately, not all allergens have substitutions that will function in the same way, so the end product may not turn out exactly the same as the original, and you may want to find a new recipe.

Allergy Friendly Manufacturers

We are lucky to live in a time when there are more allergy-friendly manufacturers than ever before. Children’s Hospital of Orange County has created one of the best resources I’ve come across thus far listing all allergy-friendly food manufacturers. You can check it out here.

Eating out at Restaurants

Want to find allergy-friendly restaurants in your area? Then Allergy Eats is the place to go! You can simply select your food allergy, type in your address, and voila - you have restaurant options. Each restaurant receives a rating, both overall and per allergen. You can also rate a restaurant yourself. To make it even easier to use, Allergy Eats has created an app that can be downloaded onto your smartphone.

Again in the food allergy community, we rely on each other for information and to stay informed. Do you have a tried and true online resource that you’ve found helpful? If so, please share it in the comments section.

-Leslie Stiles, MS, RD, LDN

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Common Misconceptions about Food Allergies

Posted 8.5.14 | Mallory West

There are many misconceptions about food allergies out there. In today’s post, we’ll summarize 3 of the most common misconceptions that we hear.

Food Allergies vs. Intolerances

Food allergies and food intolerances are often confused with each other but they are actually two separate conditions with different underlying causes, symptoms, and treatment. Read more about the differences between food allergies and intolerances here.

Testing for Food Allergies

Another common misconception about food allergies is the belief that testing can definitively confirm or rule out an allergy to a certain food. However, food allergy testing is not always 100% accurate. Sometimes allergy tests don’t identify a food allergy even though the patient appears to have an allergic reaction to that food (this is called a false negative). Other times an allergy test suggests a person is allergic to a food that they actually tolerate (this is called a false positive). Allergy tests can be helpful in giving your doctor clues about which foods are causing problems. However, they are not always completely accurate so doctors use them in addition to their own observations and the reports of the patient or their caregiver when evaluating a patient for a food allergy.

Immediate vs. Delayed Allergic Reactions

Many people assume that an allergic reaction to a food always occurs immediately after consuming it. Someone who experiences delayed allergic reactions to a food may mistakenly believe that their symptoms are unrelated to the food, or that they are caused by the wrong food, since the symptoms don’t occur around the time when the food allergen is consumed. It is important to recognize that delayed allergic reactions to foods can occur many hours after consumption. A diet journal and food allergy testing can help patients and their doctors to identify which food is causing problems.

Are you surprised by any of these misconceptions? What misconceptions about food allergies have you experienced?


Could it Be A Milk Allergy: Neocate’s CMA Infographic

Posted 7.31.14 | Nutrition Specialist

One of the things we've learned at Neocate is that many families usually go through a long and daunting process before discovering their fussy and inconsolable little one has a cow milk allergy (CMA). The road to an official diagnosis can stir feelings of confusion. To help educate more parents and caregivers on the symptoms of CMA, Nutricia North America is unrolling our new Could it Be A Milk Allergy infographic. Could it Be a Cow Milk Allergy was designed to highlight the top eight symptoms of a cow milk allergy while providing tips on what parents should look for and next steps if children are exhibiting signs of CMA.

We want more parents, like you, to be prepared. Will you take a moment to share this with your networks? Please spread the word on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.


To learn more about CMA please visit

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