Food Allergy and Your Kiddo

Alice Hoyt, MD, and Pam Lestage, MBA

If your kiddo has a food allergy, then this is the podcast for you. Join board-certified allergist Dr. Alice Hoyt and food allergy mama Pam Lestage, MBA, as they dive into all things food allergy. Expect interviews with world-renown allergists as well as food allergy advocates and food allergy families, just like yours. This podcast will answer YOUR food allergy questions and provide YOU with strategies that you can then discuss with your allergist. Tune in to demystify this strange and often scary disease so that you and your family can do what all families want to do: enjoy life! And learn even more at FoodAllergyandYourKiddo.com, where you have access evidence-based information about navigating life with food allergies!

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Inside the Mind of a Food Allergist: Classifying Adverse Reactions to Foods
Jun 9 2022
Inside the Mind of a Food Allergist: Classifying Adverse Reactions to Foods
Have you ever wondered what an allergist is really thinking when that allergist is asking very specific, particular questions about your kiddo's reaction to a food? That's because the allergist is trying to determine the underlying type of reaction.  While some adverse reactions to foods are food allergies, other reactions are not immune-mediated and, thus, are not allergies. And not all food allergies have the same clinical presentations or treatments!It's so very important to identify and understand the type of adverse reaction to food that's present so that a clear and effective management plan can be put into place.This episode has a ton of information that's foundational to understanding food allergies! Don't miss this!Stop wondering about food allergy testing! Check out Dr. Hoyt's ebook The Food Allergy Mamma's Guide to Food Allergy Skin & Blood Testing: What It All Really Means!What's your food allergy question? Submit it and learn more about food allergy and YOUR kiddo through the Food Allergy and Your Kiddo website: you in need of an allergist in your area? Check out these allergist finder tools from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology:AAAAI Allergist Finder: Allergist Finder: your kiddo's school need help with medical emergency response planning? Check out Code Ana, the non-profit program that is equipping schools for medical emergencies like anaphylaxis.www.CodeAna.orgVisit us on Instagram! Hoyt Institute of Food Allergy is the Official Allergy Practice of Food Allergy and Your Kiddo. Information on, within, and associated with this site and Food Allergy and Your Kiddo is for educational purposes only and is not medical advice.
Inside the Mind of a Food Allergist: Classifying Adverse Reactions to Foods
Jun 9 2022
Inside the Mind of a Food Allergist: Classifying Adverse Reactions to Foods
Have you ever wondered what an allergist is really thinking when that allergist is asking very specific, particular questions about your kiddo's reaction to a food? That's because the allergist is trying to determine the underlying type of reaction.  While some adverse reactions to foods are food allergies, other reactions are not immune-mediated and, thus, are not allergies. And not all food allergies have the same clinical presentations or treatments!It's so very important to identify and understand the type of adverse reaction to food that's present so that a clear and effective management plan can be put into place.This episode has a ton of information that's foundational to understanding food allergies! Don't miss this!Stop wondering about food allergy testing! Check out Dr. Hoyt's ebook The Food Allergy Mamma's Guide to Food Allergy Skin & Blood Testing: What It All Really Means!What's your food allergy question? Submit it and learn more about food allergy and YOUR kiddo through the Food Allergy and Your Kiddo website: you in need of an allergist in your area? Check out these allergist finder tools from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology:AAAAI Allergist Finder: Allergist Finder: your kiddo's school need help with medical emergency response planning? Check out Code Ana, the non-profit program that is equipping schools for medical emergencies like anaphylaxis.www.CodeAna.orgVisit us on Instagram! Hoyt Institute of Food Allergy is the Official Allergy Practice of Food Allergy and Your Kiddo. Information on, within, and associated with this site and Food Allergy and Your Kiddo is for educational purposes only and is not medical advice.
All About Oral Immunotherapy with Dr. Hugh Windom
May 19 2022
All About Oral Immunotherapy with Dr. Hugh Windom
*We apologize in advance for the sound quality and plan to re-record a similar episode soon. So why did we post this? Well, there is a LOT of good info in this episode, so we decided to make it available to you even though it does not meet our standard for sound quality.*If your kiddo has a food allergy, you may have heard about OIT.What is OIT?"OIT" stands for Oral ImmunoTherapy. It is a months to years long process in which the immune system is taught to tolerate an allergen or allergens.Dr. Hugh Windom was an early-adopter of OIT and has desensitized MANY patients using safe, effective protocols. Dr. Windom is very well recognized and respected in the OIT allergist community (and he's super nice and easy to talk to!).Enjoy this discussion (despite the glitchy  sound quality), and reach out with your questions!P.S. This episode is also on video on YouTube and Vimeo!What's your food allergy question? Submit it and learn more about food allergy and YOUR kiddo through the Food Allergy and Your Kiddo website: you in need of an allergist in your area? Check out these allergist finder tools from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology:AAAAI Allergist Finder: Allergist Finder: your kiddo's school need help with medical emergency response planning? Check out Code Ana, the non-profit program that is equipping schools for medical emergencies like anaphylaxis.www.CodeAna.orgVisit Dr. Hoyt and Pam on Facebook!
How to Have a Magical Disney Vacation with Pixie Lizzie's Disney Planning Tips
Jun 24 2021
How to Have a Magical Disney Vacation with Pixie Lizzie's Disney Planning Tips
Calling all Disney World fans!If you've ever been to Walt Disney World, then you know that a lot of planning goes into those magical memories. And if you have food allergy and haven't been to Disney lately, then, oh, boy, have we got a treat in store for you.Our families love going to Disney because we know that we will have LOT OF SAFE FOOD OPTIONS without having to look too hard and without getting "the look" from the wait staff - ahem, cast members (the official term for Disney employees). In planning upcoming trips, we thought it'd be great to have an authorized Disney travel planner with a FOCUS ON FOOD ALLERGY share her tips with you! So tune into this episode in which we interview Lizzie Reynolds, aka Pixie Lizzie, of Allergy Free Mouse and her own travel company Pixie Lizzie. In addition to food allergy-focused guidance, here are a few tips you'll learn about in this episode!Know the weather and time of year you're planning your trip (50 degrees in Florida feels so different from 50 degrees elsewhere!)Know the parks you want to visit during the time thereConsider working with an authorized Disney vacation planner, many of whom (like Lizzie) are NO CHARGE FOR THE TRAVELERS (planners get $ from Disney!)Oh, and also, Pixie Lizzie shares awesome information about the chefs and the food allergy-friendly menus at Disney. There's just so much great content packed into this under 30-minute show!"See ya real soon!"- Pam and Dr. HoytLearn more about food allergy and YOUR kiddo through the Food Allergy and Your Kiddo website: you in need of an allergist in your area? Check out these allergist finder tools from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology:AAAAI Allergist Finder: Allergist Finder: your kiddo's school need help with medical emergency response planning? Check out Code Ana, the non-profit program that is equipping schools for medical emergencies like anaphylaxis.www.CodeAna.orgVisit Dr. Hoyt on Facebook! to the Food Allergy and Your Kiddo Podcast where ever you listen to podcasts, such as:Apple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsSpotify
Prepping for College with FARE's Kristi Grim - Part 2
Jun 17 2021
Prepping for College with FARE's Kristi Grim - Part 2
Prepping for college... when should you start thinking about it? (Hint hint: now!)In part two of this two-part series, Pam and I talk with the amazing Kristi Grim of FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education). Kristi has been with FARE for years and was the original lead and continued director of FARE's college programming as well as lead of youth and of professional education.Kristi and her team at FARE have done tremendous work in helping families safely send their kiddos to college. Programs for families include:FARE's Preparing for College strategiesFARE's College Search ToolColleges are taking notice of the increase in food allergies and want more information. To meet this need, FARE has great resources for colleges!FARE's College Staff strategiesFARE's College SummitFARECheck Instructor TrainingFARE even gives awards to colleges to honor excellence in food allergy accommodations!All this to say, your kiddo can go to college safely despite food allergy. Tune in to hear the second part of this series on Kristi's top 5 strategies to preparing for the journey!Warmly,Dr. Alice HoytLearn more about food allergy and YOUR kiddo through the Food Allergy and Your Kiddo website: you in need of an allergist in your area? Check out these allergist finder tools from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology:AAAAI Allergist Finder: Allergist Finder: your kiddo's school need help with medical emergency response planning? Check out Code Ana, the non-profit program that is equipping schools for medical emergencies like anaphylaxis.www.CodeAna.orgVisit Dr. Hoyt on Facebook! to the Food Allergy and Your Kiddo Podcast where ever you listen to podcasts, such as:Apple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsSpotify
5 College-Prep Strategies from FARE's Kristi Grim
Jun 10 2021
5 College-Prep Strategies from FARE's Kristi Grim
Prepping for college... when should you start thinking about it? (Hint hint: now!)In this episode, Pam and I talk with the amazing Kristi Grim of FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education). Kristi has been with FARE for years and was the original lead and continued director of FARE's college programming as well as lead of youth and of professional education. Kristi and her team at FARE have done tremendous work in helping families safely send their kiddos to college. Programs for families include:FARE's Preparing for College strategiesFARE's College Search ToolColleges are taking notice of the increase in food allergies and want more information. To meet this need, FARE has great resources for colleges!FARE's College Staff strategiesFARE's College SummitFARECheck Instructor TrainingFARE even gives awards to colleges to honor excellence in food allergy accommodations!All this to say, your kiddo can go to college safely despite food allergy. Tune in to hear Kristi's top 5 strategies to preparing for the journey!Warmly,Dr. Alice HoytLearn more about food allergy and YOUR kiddo through the Food Allergy and Your Kiddo website: you in need of an allergist in your area? Check out these allergist finder tools from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology:AAAAI Allergist Finder: Allergist Finder: your kiddo's school need help with medical emergency response planning? Check out Code Ana, the non-profit program that is equipping schools for medical emergencies like anaphylaxis.www.CodeAna.orgVisit Dr. Hoyt on Facebook! to the Food Allergy and Your Kiddo Podcast where ever you listen to podcasts, such as:Apple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsSpotify
De-Stress with Strategies from Tamara Hubbard - Part 2
Jun 4 2021
De-Stress with Strategies from Tamara Hubbard - Part 2
How often do you worry about your kiddo who has food allergy? And have you ever wondered if that amount of worry is "normal" ?Tune in to this episode of the Food Allergy and Your Kiddo Podcast with me, Dr. Alice Hoyt, and my good friend Pam Lestage as we interview food allergy counselor Tamara Hubbard, LCPC.Tamara is one of the most knowledgeable food allergy-focused counselors in the country. She herself has a kiddo with food allergy and recognized the dearth of mental health support available for families managing food allergies.In this episode, Pam and I talk with Tamara about the social-emotional challenges that come with loving a kiddo with food allergy and strategies to keep the worries at bay.Check out Tamara's podcast Exploring Food Allergy Families Podcast here or where ever you listen to podcasts: out Tamara's counseling site Tamara Hubbard, LCPC here: more about food allergy and YOUR kiddo through the Food Allergy and Your Kiddo website: you in need of an allergist in your area? Check out these allergist finder tools from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology:AAAAI Allergist Finder: Allergist Finder: your kiddo's school need help with medical emergency response planning? Check out Code Ana, the non-profit program that is equipping schools for medical emergencies like anaphylaxis.www.CodeAna.orgVisit Dr. Hoyt on Facebook! to the Food Allergy and Your Kiddo Podcast where ever you listen to podcasts, such as:Apple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsSpotify
De-Stress with Strategies from Tamara Hubbard - Part 1
May 27 2021
De-Stress with Strategies from Tamara Hubbard - Part 1
How often do you worry about your kiddo who has food allergy? And have you ever wondered if that amount of worry is "normal" ? Tune in to this episode of the Food Allergy and Your Kiddo Podcast with me, Dr. Alice Hoyt, and my good friend Pam Lestage as we interview food allergy counselor Tamara Hubbard, LCPC.Tamara is one of the most knowledgeable food allergy-focused counselors in the country. She herself has a kiddo with food allergy and recognized the dearth of mental health support available for families managing food allergies.In this episode, Pam and I talk with Tamara about the social-emotional challenges that come with loving a kiddo with food allergy and strategies to keep the worries at bay. Check out Tamara's podcast Exploring Food Allergy Families Podcast here or where ever you listen to podcasts: out Tamara's counseling site Tamara Hubbard, LCPC here: more about food allergy and YOUR kiddo through the Food Allergy and Your Kiddo website: you in need of an allergist in your area? Check out these allergist finder tools from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology:AAAAI Allergist Finder: Allergist Finder: your kiddo's school need help with medical emergency response planning? Check out Code Ana, the non-profit program that is equipping schools for medical emergencies like anaphylaxis. www.CodeAna.orgVisit Dr. Hoyt on Facebook! to the Food Allergy and Your Kiddo Podcast where ever you listen to podcasts, such as:Apple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsSpotify
How do school food allergy policies affect the mental health of kiddos with food allergy?
May 13 2021
How do school food allergy policies affect the mental health of kiddos with food allergy?
Schools develop food allergy-related policies to try to keep kids safe, but how many of these policies are evidence-based? And how do policies impact the emotional well-being of kiddos with food allergy?Join me as I talk with my colleague Ashley Lahoud of Kent State University's Pediatric Anxiety and Allergy Research Clinic. There, Ashley and her fellow researchers are studying just how school policies are affecting the mental health of children who have food allergy. By better understanding this issue, we will have more information by which to provide beneficial guidance to schools on developing policies regarding food allergy.My favorite part of this episode is that YOU may be able to participate in this research study! If your kiddo is 5-12 years of age and has a food allergy, then you can take the survey and help Ashley and her team better understand the effects of school policies. Take the survey HERE.Let me know what you think of this episode HERE.A. Hoyt, MDLearn more about food allergy and your kiddo through the Food Allergy and Your Kiddo website: you in need of an allergist in your area? Check out these allergist finder tools from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology:AAAAI Allergist Finder: Allergist Finder: your kiddo's school need help with medical emergency response planning? Check out Code Ana, the non-profit program that is equipping schools for medical emergencies like anaphylaxis. www.CodeAna.orgVisit me on Facebook!