Diamond Lake Wellness Newsletter March 2018

Welcome to Spring! Are you ready for allergies?

Time for allergies to spring into action. Do you know what to do? An allergic reaction is an immune response to something that isn't normally harmful. Children with family members who have allergies are more likely to develop allergies. Allergies are very common in children who have asthma and can trigger asthma attacks. Some allergies are more likely to cause severe and dangerous reactions. These allergies include food allergies, insect stings, medication allergies and latex allergies.

Common symptoms of allergies include itchy, stinging, red, or watery eyes, runny or congested nose, rash or hives or itchy skin, and itching or swelling in the mouth or throat. Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction. Symptoms typically involve more than one part of the body and can include:

  • Red rash (usually itchy), with hives or welts.
  • Swollen throat or tongue or swollen areas of the body.
  • Wheezing, a lump in the throat and /or trouble breathing or swallowing.
  • Dizziness or passing out.
  • Vomiting, diarrhea and /or stomach cramping.
  • Pale or red color to the face or body.

A severe reaction requires immediate injection of epinephrine followed by a trip to the emergency room. The individual must go to the emergency room even if the symptoms subside, to ensure the reaction does not recur.

Managing Allergies and Staying Safe

  • Get testing from an allergist to identify allergens.
  • Help your child avoid known allergens as much as possible.
  • Follow the doctor's treatment and medication plan. Make sure your child has access to any emergency medications at all times.
  • Consider having your child wear a medic alert bracelet listing allergens and location or emergency medication.
  • Check epinephrine expiration dates regularly- epipens often expire after a year.
  • Notify caregivers, school nurse and teachers of your child's allergies. Make sure the treatment plan and authorization to administer emergency medication are current at school.

If your child has severe food allergies:

Do you know when you should go to the Emergency room?

A study completed by the University of Michigan finds that many American parents are not sure when to rush their children to the emergency room. Dr. Gary Freed, co-director of the C.S Mott Children's Hospital, states that some parents use the emergency room for common situations that could be handled at home. The researchers polled nearly 400 parents with at least one child aged 5 or younger. They found that only half of the parents knew what to do if their child was choking, 10 percent of the parents would take their child to the ER for a minor burn and almost one-third of the parents would take their child to the ER if the child swallow pills.

In some cases, going to the ER may cause more harm than good . For example, when a child is choking, the child needs immediate help instead of waiting for treatment in the ER. When faced with a choking child, the poll found that 69 percent of parents would try the Heimlich maneuver to try to dislodge the object or 54 percent would stick their fingers in the child's mouth to remove the object. Fifty percent of the parents would hit the child on their back and a quarter of the parents would turn the child upside down.

In the case of a child swallowing pills not meant for them, calling Poison Control is an important first step. The poll showed, however, that only 60 percent of the parents would call. Twenty-five percent of the parents would call their doctor, twenty-six percent would call 911 and one-third would rush their child to the ER. Parents who rush their child to the ER, though, may forget to bring the source of the possible poisoning which leaves the ER doctors with limited information on the culprit and how to treat.

This study highlights the need for parents to have first-aid training. Forty-three percent of parents with no first-aid training state they are less confident in making decisions about urgent situations with their children. Of the parents polled, only 10 percent state they received first-aid training in the last year; 24 percent were trained in the last five years and 23 percent had training in first-aid more than five years ago. Parents can contact their local hospital or fire department to find the nearest class in first-aid and CPR.

The Poison Control Hotline number is 1-800-222-1222! It's free to call!

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a Spicy or Sweet Recipe using Kiwi

Kiwi Mango Salsa- Enjoy this salsa with tortilla chips or spoon over chicken or fish. Prep Time: 15 minutes


  • 1 kiwi fruit, peeled and diced
  • 1/4 cup mango, diced
  • 1 Tablespoon cilantro, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon chiles, minced
  • Pinch of salt

Directions: Placed all ingredients in a bowl and mix gently. Serve with chips.

Kiwifruit Cobbler- Sweet kiwifruit and a swift kick of lemon meet in a delightful and satisfying cobbler.


  • 12 kiwifruit, peeled and cut into 3/4 inch cubes
  • 1 Tablespoon of brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon of grated lemon peel
  • 1 Tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 package prepared corn muffin mix
  • 1 tablespoon additional brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Vanilla ice cream or whipped cream(optional)

Directions: Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. Place cubed kiwifruit in well-greased baking casserole. combine brown sugar, lemon peel, and flour and sprinkle on top of fruit. Mix lightly and place in hot oven for 25 minutes. Prepare half package muffin mix as directed. When fruit mixture is hot and bubbling, spoon on prepared mix. Mix extra brown sugar and nutmeg and sprinkle on top. Return cobbler to oven for another 18-20 minutes or until crust is golden brown and done. Remove and allow to cool. Serv warm with ice cream or whipped cream.

What's the correct portion size for these foods?

In this time of super-sized portions, teaching your child about serving sizes can help prevent obesity later in their life. Here are some tips to portion your food.

  • 2 1/2 ounces of meat = size/thickness of a deck of cards
  • Medium piece of fruit = a tennis ball
  • 1 ounce of cheese = 4 stacked dice
  • 1/2 cup of ice cream = a tennis ball
  • 1/2 cup of pasta, mashed potatoes or broccoli = a size of a fist
  • 1 teaspoon of peanut butter = the tip of your thumb
  • 1 ounce of nuts = one handful

Here are some fun family activities to do with your children this weekend!

  • Make Shamrock milk by adding a few drops of green food coloring.
  • Dance an Irish jig with your kids.
  • Serve Irish oatmeal with milk.
  • Read Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato and Fin M'Coul: The Giant of Knockmany Hill by Tommie De Paola
  • Serve fresh green fruits, like green apple slices, kiwifruit slices and green grapes with green yogurt for dipping.

Have a great St. Patrick's Day! Happy Spring!


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