Food allergies: Five coping mechanisms for parents of kids with allergies

So you’ve just found out your kid has a serious food allergy. Welcome to the club. Someone once described anaphylaxis to me like ‘drowning’. When my boy had his attack it was just like that; he was sinking into death and I couldn’t bring him up for air. Anaphylactic food allergies are terrifying, confusing, and if I’m honest, very annoying.…
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How to find an Epipen in Chile

Last week was one of the most stressful of my life. My son suffered a severe anaphylactic allergic attack, we don’t know what caused it and Chile was out of stock of the Epipen adrenaline autoinjectors for use in case of an an attack. I barely slept last week as I messaged, texted, blogged, whatsapped to try and track one…
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Everything you need to know about giving birth at the Clinica Alemana …

Last week I gave birth to baby Annabelle at the Clinica Alemana in Santiago de Chile.  Already a few pregnant Expater buddies have asked me about my experience and any tips I might have.  I’m generally against offering advice, as every child and mother to be is unique, but here are 20 pointers which you might consider if you’re with…
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All about nurseries, preschools and kindergartens in Santiago de Chile

Our first priority when we arrived in Santiago de Chile was to find a good kindergarten, or as they say in Chile, ‘jardin infantil’. Childcare is quite different here in Santiago, with many parents relying on the services of a ‘nana’ (nanny cum maid). Still, nurseries are a big thing here and I thought to list some of the major…
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Where to shop for food and groceries in Santiago, Chile

I’ve had a few queries about where to buy food and other groceries in Santiago. While I buy most of my basics through online app Cornershop (free delivery when you join their ‘Pop’ programme), and it’s been a while since I’ve been in a bricks and mortar supermarket, Santiago grocery shopping is still one big treasure hunt. While I’ve touched…
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The most instagrammable breakfast cafe in Santiago?

Last week was fun, but sad. A friend who helped me immensely when I first moved to Chile is moving back to the UK. She’d organised a breakfast meet up for a few girlfriends and I reckon she chose the most instagrammable cafe in Santiago. It’s called Botanica Bistro and is just across the corner from the Casa Costanera mall…
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The best vegan health store in Santiago?

I’m 90% vegan, 80% plant based and 100% loving life here in Santiago, Chile. Up until recently I loved Santiago a little less. Grocery shopping here is rather a struggle, all the more if you’re vegan, on a special diet or living with an allergy. Last week I checked out a store recommended to me by several local and Expater friends…
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