When Your Child has an Apple Allergy

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The most common food allergens are peanuts, tree nuts, milk, egg, wheat, soy, fish, and shellfish. If you or your child has an allergy not on the top list, it can be very difficult to manage. I didn’t realize this until I discovered that my toddler is allergic to apples.

An apple allergy is not a “common” allergy. Thus, when I purchase food for my toddler, I can’t look at the bold “allergens” section on the nutrition label. Instead, I have to look through the entire list of ingredients for apple, apple juice, pectin, and “natural flavors”.

The obvious, safest option is to just make all of his foods from scratch to avoid the whole ingredient list issue. So, this is often what I do. This week, I’m investing in a juicer, because after countless attempts to find a juice free of apples, I have given up the search. Anything with “natural flavors” may contain apples, and juices I’ve previously found to be “safe” seem to change their ingredients regularly.

My son’s allergy is not anaphylactic (so far). If he consumes apples or a product with apples, he gets hives and a terrible diaper rash with awful sores that take weeks to heal. While I’m thankful his allergy is not life threatening, it is still a serious allergy and one that must be accommodated.

Like a peanuts, apples are a prevalent childhood food. Applesauce, apple juice, apple slices, and foods that contain apples are ubiquitous on the toddler scene. People don’t seem to understand the severity of a food allergy, and it becomes awkward to explain at times. However, you can minimize the tension and complex conversation by being prepared with allergen-free snacks for your child.

Since apple slices are a big deal for kids, I substitute orange slices or veggies as a “slice” snack.

As far as “apple sauce” and “apple juice” substitutes, I offer yogurt or a non-apple juice. Getting a juicer has become a necessity because almost every juice contains apples, pectin, or natural flavors as a filler. I understand why: apples are cheap and abundant. However, since my tot can’t have them, I have come to terms with the fact that his juice should be made at home from whole food ingredients.

I’ve found that Capri Sun Roarin’ Waters in Wild Cherry do not contain any apples or apple byproduct. But these pouches, while handy, are mostly water and stevia. Not exactly tasty or nutritious. I get these for convenience from time to time but I’d rather my little drink something with vitamins.

Some Honest Juice pouches do not contain apples, but the pouches are a disastrous challenge to open. But they are an apple free option.

One of the biggest associated allergies to an apple allergy is a “birch pollen” allergy. Birch pollen allergy sufferers are commonly allergic to the following:

  • Apples
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Hazelnuts
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Raw potatoes

My toddler refuses to eat any of those things, anyway, so perhaps he knows he’s allergic or it’s just a coincidence. Either way, if your child has shown a sensitivity or reaction to any of those foods, consult your pediatrician and pay a visit to an allergist, who can test your child for specific allergies.

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TLC Shows Now on Hulu Instead of Netflix

19 TLC Shows Now On

If you were interested in the 25 TLC Shows Now on Netflix, you’ve probably noticed that Netflix no longer carries those shows. Never fear – you can still get your TLC fix on demand and without a cable subscription! Hulu has 19 TLC shows, and you can sign up here to get 2 weeks free. Here are the 19 TLC shows Hulu currently carries:

  1. Say Yes to the Dress: Follow the staff at Kleinfeld Bridal in Manhattan as they help women find the wedding dresses dreams are made of. Don’t watch this show if you’re broke, though. These ladies spend the average of an entire year’s mortgage on a dress they’ll wear for a few hours.
  2. Cake Boss: Headquartered in Hoboken, NJ, the Cake Boss makes impressive cakes and pastries with a side of Italian-American drama.
  3. Next Great Baker: A 10-week competition hosted by Buddy from Cake Boss.
  4. Long Island Medium: This lady pretends she can talk to dead people and makes a killing doing it. Oh, wait, did I ruin it for you? Lady’s a con artist, people.
  5. My Strange Addiction: If you want to feel like you’re “normal”, watch this show.
  6. Toddlers & Tiaras: Is this child abuse? I don’t know. But I do know it’s fascinating. How do you get a toddler to stay still for a fake tan and some faux lashes? I WANT TO KNOW THE SECRET, DAMMIT!
  7. Say Yes to the Dress Atlanta: The Southern sister of Say Yes to the Dress.
  8. DC Cupcakes: A cupcake shop owned and operated by Georgetown alumni & sisters. Their cupcakes are adorable.
  9. Sister Wives: How are they not getting arrested every day for polygamy? Wait, why are adults getting arrested for being polygamists? FREEDOM, PEOPLE. Let them have it!
  10. My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding: You just have to see it to believe it.
  11. The Little Couple: The most precious couple & family.
  12. My 600lb Life: Inspiring & heartbreaking.
  13. Hoarding: Buried Alive
  14. My Five Wives
  15. Leah Remini: It’s All Relative
  16. Say Yes to the Dress: Randy Knows Best
  17. Risking it All
  18. Outrageous 911
  19. Angels Among Us

Hulu is a great compliment or substitute for Netflix. While Netflix is the “gold standard” for cord cutting and instant streaming, Hulu is quickly catching up to the game and becoming formidable competition. Hulu has the latest cable television shows available the next day for instant streaming. There are also a lot of Hulu Original Series that are quite entertaining (The Mindy Project, anyone?). Hulu also has a great “kids” section. My littles are quite fond of The Wiggles.

If you’re on the fence about trying Hulu, definitely check out the 2 week free trial. You’ll get a taste of everything Hulu has to offer.

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Being a Better Parent in 2016

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It’s an annual tradition: every year, people make New Year’s Resolutions aiming to improve their lives. While there are a few self-based goals I have for 2016, my major resolution is to become a better parent to my children.

Deciding and committing to this resolution means I’ve had to admit I have parenting flaws. Some are obvious while others are minute. But I want to share my list with you because I don’t think I’m the only mom struggling with the ideal parent vs. the parent I am. So in 2016, this is what I’m going to do:

LIVE

Everyone wants a photo or video of my children and their latest shenanigans. I get it. They’re little. They’re cute. People want to see them. But, I’m their mom, and I want to spend quality time with them. Quality time that doesn’t involve sticking my iPhone in their precious little faces. Quality time that involves me actually looking at their faces in real life – not through a lens. I vow to make more memories, even if it means less digital evidence.

TALK

I have the habit of doing a lot of things for my kids and talking to them about none of it. I feel awkward about “narrating” tasks to my kids, but it’s been researched and confirmed that the “mindless chatter” I avoid is actually good for developing verbal skills in children. So, I will make a concerted effort to talk more to my kids, even if I’m just telling them about the dish I’m washing (wow. I already foresee a lot of eye-rolling in my future).

PLAY

So often I find myself so “busy” I don’t “have time” to play. But, if I’m being honest, if I have time to know what my friends from high school and college are doing with their lives based on social media, I definitely have time to put down my laptop or phone and just play. It’s part of living in the moment, but it’s also vital to my children’s development.

SAY NO

Although most people would agree I’m outspoken and opinionated, it’s my dirty little secret that I am a softie at heart. I have a really hard time saying “no” to people and putting my foot down for my family, even when I know a situation will be awkward, uncomfortable, or un-fun for my family. I need to start saying no to things that are not essential or important for my children. They’re not dolls; I’m not going to keep dragging them from place to place because someone asked me to.

STOP WORRYING

Agonizing over my family’s future doesn’t help anything. I need to start taking action or stop thinking about things full stop. I am robbing myself of amazing moments because I’m stuck inside my own head. Worrying doesn’t fix a thing. I can’t control or predict what my children will decide to do with their lives in 10 or 20 years. All I can do is enjoy right now.
What are your parenting resolutions for 2016? 🙂 I’d love to know what your goals are.

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Why Wealthy White People Don’t Vaccinate Their Kids

Why Wealthy, White Families

Vaccination is a sensitive topic on the parenting scene. Anti-vaxxers have a very loud voice and big agenda when it comes to arguing against vaccines. Although the science is clear, anti-vaxxers have spread fear and beat their drum the loudest. Despite the fact that the CDC has determined that vaccines do not cause autism (and other researchers have found a link to antidepressants and autism), anti-vaxxers continue to ignore facts and shout over substance with their feelings on vaccination. In California, a state with some of the highest rates of unvaccinated children, it’s wealthy white families who choose not to vaccinate their children: “The percentage of kindergartners with state-issued personal belief exemptions doubled from 2007 to 2013, from 1.54% to 3.06%.

What does this mean?

In developing countries and poor neighborhoods, vaccination is essential to survival. People who do not have access to health care rely on vaccinations to improve their odds of literally staying alive. The wealthy, white anti-vaxxers are not sympathetic to the life or death odds of “others”. Dr. Jack Wolfson, an Arizona cardiologist and anti-vaxxer, said this about his decision not to vaccinate his kids: “It’s an unfortunate thing that people die, but people die. I’m not going to put my child at risk to save another child,” Wolfson said.

What? Let’s back up for a second.

The reason why vaccination is so successful at eradicating deadly disease is twofold. First, you have the majority of people vaccinated against an illness – let’s use measles as an example. No one wants to get the measles, but many Americans are privileged to be vaccinated or otherwise protected by the heard (the heard is the vaccinated majority).

According to the CDC, “Worldwide, an estimated 20 million people get measles and 146,000 people die from the disease each year—that equals about 400 deaths every day or about 17 deaths every hour.”

Meanwhile, the number of children who die from autism every year: zero

There are many people who cannot be protected from measles through vaccination. Namely infants under 1 year old, who have not received the vaccine yet. Infants who are exposed to measles are at the highest risk, followed by unvaccinated pregnant women and the elderly.

For argument’s sake, let’s say vaccines did cause autism (which they do not). But even if vaccines did cause autism, which outcome would you prefer for your child: autism or death? And, what are you saying about autistic children if your greatest fear is that your child may “become” autistic instead of dead? Autistic children are living, breathing children. They have challenges, but they are alive.

To say you’ll refuse to vaccinate and rely on the herd because your concern is only for your child’s safety? That’s selfish. And I don’t think it’s the kind of world you want your children living in – a world where people only care about their own safety and well being, and disregard millions of other lives.

The reason why white, wealthy people don’t vaccinate their children? Simple: it’s a grotesque sense of entitlement and privilege. Only wealthy people have the privilege of denying life-saving vaccinations because if they’re wrong – if their child becomes gravely ill – they have the resources to access the highest quality health care money can buy. They don’t need to vaccinate their children because their children are already insulated by the herd and by their financial resources. They mistakenly think their wealth is a superpower, but their money doesn’t make them immune to disease.

There’s no big government conspiracy with vaccines. The reason the government wants you to vaccinate children? Because children are the most vulnerable. Their lives are most dependent upon immunity and the herd.

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BOTTLESOUP’s Most Popular Posts of 2015

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When I look back on how BOTTLESOUP began, I can’t believe how much has changed. BOTTLESOUP has been up and running since July 2013. It’s been nearly 2.5 years! In 2016, we’re going to have an even better year. But 2015 was full of promise, and as we end the year it’s nice to look back and see what readers enjoyed most. Here are the top BOTTLESOUP posts of 2015:

  1. A Starbucks Guide for Pregnancy
  2. 25 TLC Shows Now on Netflix
  3. Jamberry Scamberry: Why The Latest MLM Preying on SAHMs Will Never Give You Financial Freedom
  4. 8 Places to Buy Stylish Nursing Clothes
  5. Can You Predict A Baby’s Gender with the Ramzi Theory?

From this data, I can see a few updates need to be made. The TLC Shows on Netflix article is no longer accurate, so expect a new post in the coming weeks.

What was your favorite BOTTLESOUP post from 2015? Let us know in the comments!

Happy Reading,

BOTTLESOUP

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