Irritated By Allergies

I was once the allergy blogger over at the venerable Yummy Mummy Club, and here’s what happened over there…

Alex is a big fan of coffee, ice cream and road trips: all things that were highly restricted when her second child was born with severe food allergies. She’s a writer, blogger, entrepreneur, wife and mom who has a passion for sharing allergy support, research and experience. The only thing she doesn’t share is her chocolate.

Alex Thom's blog

Boredom Busters For Kids
Beat Boredom With This Handy List
64 ways for your kids to keep busy so you never hear the phrase "I'm bored" ever again.
Posted: June 8, 2021, 4:30 pm
Mini Egg Shortbread Cookies
Making Easter Even Sweeter
Make Easter even sweeter with these simple to make cookies that look as good as the taste.
Posted: March 6, 2021, 7:09 am
This adoption reunion story leaves more confusion and uncertainty than there ever was before.
My Adoption Awareness Month Story
I would love to tell you that things are clearer now since it has been nearly two years since finding my birth mother but they are not.
Posted: November 4, 2017, 4:02 pm
Plus 5 Ways to Be a Better Parent
The best article you'll read on parenting all week.
Posted: August 28, 2017, 2:48 pm
(Starts with S and ends with T-R-E-S-S-F-U-L)
The 12 things you will feel and experience as a parent traveling with a child who has severe food allergies.
Posted: August 20, 2017, 12:20 pm
So your kid hurt my kid. Now what?
To Go Full Mama Bear or Not to Go Full Mama Bear?
Kids push. They tease. Sometimes they’re mean. It's all completely normal.
Posted: August 10, 2017, 2:26 pm
Dermatographism Is Alarming But Not Serious
This condition you've probably never heard of can leave sufferers red-faced, both literally and figuratively.
Posted: July 18, 2017, 11:38 am
keeping allergies in check during winter season
From someone who "nose" how you feel
With cold weather on the horizon, you can expect to be indoors for much more of your time. Here are the top ten ways you can help prepare for winter allergens.
Posted: November 9, 2016, 1:52 am
safe trick or treating
For children with food allergies, Halloween can be truly terrifying
Before you spend money on candy with nuts, read this. You may be surprised to know it's not going to kids, it's going directly to the garbage.
Posted: October 24, 2016, 1:24 am
School Lunches Idea List
Relax. You've got this.
How many of these 88 lunch ideas have you used in your house? Do you have any other suggestions to add to the list?
Posted: September 20, 2016, 9:38 pm
Skin Testing for Allergy Oral Challenge |
Our Adventures in Oral Food Challenges Continue
How many other kids are out there living in fear of contact with foods they're not allergic to?
Posted: September 6, 2016, 12:33 pm
Here's how SickKids is changing the lives of allergic children.
SickKids Hospital Making Leaps in the Field
How Toronto's SickKids Hospital is making inroads in allergy management and treatment.
Posted: August 31, 2016, 12:53 pm
Someone spread peanut butter on children's climber |
Only an A**hole Risks Children's Lives
A Toronto playground was found covered in smears of peanut butter, threatening the lives of peanut-allergic children in the neighbourhood.
Posted: August 15, 2016, 11:51 am
Restaurant Owner charged after serving allergic man fish |
Are Restaurants Responsible for Protecting Allergic Customers?
Whose responsibility is it to ensure the safety of those eating in restaurants?
Posted: August 9, 2016, 12:04 pm
Nuts on planes pose no real risk to allergic passengers according to study | Health |
Study Determines Allergic Passengers Are Safe
Will this make you feel safer when you fly?
Posted: August 4, 2016, 12:14 pm
What Companies Need to Know About Allergies in the Workplace
Educate and Relate
After a teen was allegedly fired after having an allergic reaction, here's a quick guide to allergies for employer and employee.
Posted: July 5, 2016, 3:46 pm
Those with food allergies know to always, always read the labels.
Ingredient Not Listed in Allergy Guide
Those with food allergies know to always, always read the labels. Because this can happen.
Posted: June 21, 2016, 6:33 pm
Allergies Triggers |
One Bereaved Mother Seeks to Educate Others on Risks
Why teens especially may be at higher risk of dying from allergic anaphlaxis.
Posted: June 10, 2016, 10:37 am
Your phone is tracking your every move. Here's how to stop the spying.
Here's How to Stop The Spying
Here's how you can stop your phone from spying on you.
Posted: June 8, 2016, 4:10 pm
On Bridges: Mend or Burn |
5 Ways to Know If It's Time to Strike the Match
How to know when it's time to strike the match.
Posted: June 6, 2016, 11:31 am
Here's a step-by-step description of an oral food challenge for a nut allergy.
How Could We Feed Him Nuts After All These Years Avoiding Them?
How we could we feed him nuts - on PURPOSE - after avoiding them all these years?
Posted: May 26, 2016, 10:36 am
Case Sets New Precedent for Food Industry
A British restauranteur has been found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence after allergy-related death.
Posted: May 25, 2016, 2:32 pm
Food Allergy Awareness Week |
But Every Week is Food Allergy Awareness Week for Me
For some people, every week is food allergy awareness week.
Posted: May 12, 2016, 4:53 pm
Betcha Never Thought These Things Caused Sneezes
When you think about spring allergies, you probably think pollen. But wait; there's more!
Posted: May 12, 2016, 11:10 am
Peanut Butter in Schools |
I'm So Sick of the Arguments
Are we seriously still arguing about this crap?
Posted: May 10, 2016, 2:40 pm
Peanuts, tree nuts and dairy warnings for McDonald's menu items.
People With Dairy, Tree nut and Peanut Allergies Need to Be Aware of Menu Changes
Attention McDonald's customers with dairy, tree nut and peanut allergies: there are a number of changes to their menu that you need to know about. 
Posted: April 11, 2016, 3:07 pm
Miscarriage may soon qualify as disability leave |
Ontario Human Rights Tribunal Could Change How Pregnancy Loss Treated
Under current Ontario law, women losing a pregnancy more than 17 weeks before due date don't qualify for leave. That may be changing.
Posted: April 7, 2016, 3:01 am
ALLERGY ALERT: Peanut flour being added to these popular kids' snack items
Products No Longer Safe for People with Peanut Allergies
Some popular foods from this company will now contain peanut products.
Posted: April 5, 2016, 2:20 am
4 products that'll help you kick spring allergies to the curb.
Send Allergies Packing
Spring has sprung — but so have your allergies.
Posted: March 28, 2016, 2:43 am
The best banana blueberry loaf you'll ever eat |
Shh... Top Secret Ingredient Included!
I'm not exaggerating when I say this loaf is the best thing I've ever baked - and it's because of one secret ingredient.
Posted: March 21, 2016, 1:37 pm
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