What’s in My Medicine Cabinet

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With allergies of all sorts in our household, we make sure our medicine cabinet is never missing the essentials of:

Extra EpiPens
Probably goes without saying …

Children’s Chewable Antihistamines
Our go-to for both children and adults. The chewable are much easier than swallowing a pill with water when in the middle of an allergic reaction. They also dissolve naturally, which is helpful if there is tongue or throat swelling.

Liquid Benadryl
Not unlike the chewable antihistamines, the liquid is easier than swallowing a pill.

Oodles of Oils
We’ve had recommendations from a gamut of specialists for a gamut of oils, from coconut to sunflower, to apply topically for skin issues.

Pure Aloe
Our immunologist’s recommendation for bug bites and stings.

Thermometer and Children’s Fever Reducer
Certain allergens induce fevers in W so we always have a thermometer and fever reducer on hand. The suppository form is best for littles with FPIES as it doesn’t upset the stomach as medicine taken orally can.

Zofran
This is the only prescription medication other than EpiPens and is a must for staving off the severe nausea of some FPIES episodes.

Bandaids
Latex-free, of course!

What’s in my Diaper Bag

 

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To stay active with a little one with not so little allergies, a well stocked diaper bag is a must. I am an adoring fan of these essentials:

Born Free glass bottles

Glass was recommended as safest for W’s specialized formula. I hesitated that glass would not be ideal for our lifestyle but actually found it quite convenient. Glass seems to clean easier than plastic, formula leaves less residue, and the glass never once broke in two years of on-the-go use. The Born Free set also met our needs for flow control. 

Huggies Little Snugglers diapers

Disposable diaper selection usually comes down to personal preference for design and cost. For us, it came down to reactions. Some diapers we tried caused my lips to swell and some gave the littles’ red rashes, while others smelled like chemicals. Sure, I might prefer an aqua polka dot to Winnie the Pooh, but ultimately, the Little Snugglers won out as the most accommodating for our families’ allergies.

Huggies Natural Care wipes 

As with the diapers, these are hypoallergenic and caused no allergic reactions for me or the babies (while other brands and types did). I’m no chemist so while I can’t explain why, I just know that I’ve invested a small fortune in Huggies products. 

Aden + Anais blankets

The Aden + Anais cotton muslin blankets are hypoallergenic, absorbent, and the ideal weight and size for a multitude of needs. With baby food-related allergies, spit up and other not so pleasant liquids abound, and the blankets are perfect for both soaking up and/or wiping off surfaces. They are also substantially larger (and substantially cuter!) than most burp cloths so can absorb quite a bit or tuck up around a wee one, depending on that day’s need, while still folding and fitting easily into a diaper bag.

Silicone pacifiers

One of our pediatric allergists suggested the Nuk or MAM pacifier as their designs include holes on the sides which allow for more air flow and provides less surface area to cause a skin reaction. The silicone nipple is a must for those with latex allergies. 

BEABA spoons

These utensils also came recommended as they are silicone (so no latex), dishwasher safe, and free from BPA and other things one doesn’t want in their little’s mouth.

Wooden and cotton toys

Modern day toy makers are increasingly sticking to wood, which is certainly more hypoallergenic than a material I may or may not be able to pronounce. When scouting soft toys to throw in the diaper bag, cotton is the go-to.

Happy diapering and adventuring! 

What’s in my Laundry Room

 

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One of the questions I am asked most frequently, especially by those with newly-diagnosed allergies or parents with children enduring eczema, is “what laundry products do you recommend”?  

First, I strongly suggest investing in a washer with an allergen setting. One of the ways we strive for a hypoallergenic household is to wash our clothing and bedding often and on the allergen setting. 

Second, there is now an abundance of natural and/or free and clear products on the market. I have tried most of these and found that some clean better than others and some cause less reactions than others. While trying them oneself is the only true way to identify go-tos, my four personal favorites in the laundry room include:

1. Tide free & gentle laundry detergent 

In my experience, Tide cleans better than the other brands’ natural products.

2. Honest co. honest stain remover – French lavender scent 

This is hands down the best natural stain remover I have used and the scent is light enough to cause no issues. Seems to be no longer available online, so I am stockpiling it whenever I find it in stores!

3. Dawn ultra free & gentle dishwashing liquid 

When you have a toddler who mostly eats food prepared with olive oil, grease stains are a frequent occurrence. Pre-treat garments by drizzling Dawn over the stain (to absorb the grease) and wash as normal. 

4. Up and Up free and clear dryer sheets

The name brand free and clear caused a skin reaction while the Target brand did not. 

Happy laundering!