Scratch or Sniff is a site for parents of children who deal with allergies (food or environmental), asthma, and eczema. Theories abound (and supported anecdotally by my little fam) that these three are related. In our house, we deal with allergies to milk, egg, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, sesame, mustard, poppy, dogs, cats, pollen, mold, and dust along with asthma and eczema. Two of my three daughters suffer from the above. The youngest is immune to everything; I suspect she might actually be a tiny cyborg.

I started Scratch or Sniff after a few articles¬†re: allergies/asthma/eczema on my own website received a surprising amount of feedback. My hope is that this can be a place of support for every parent who has been up in the middle of the night administering a nebulizer treatment or has said “Are you sure — TOTALLY sure — that you don’t cook in peanut oil FOR REAL?” or appreciates the convenience of a heavy lotion with a pump. (Pumps. They’re magical.)

Scratch or Sniff has grown to include more writers — some are food-allergy parents; some are food allergy allies — and we’re thankful for a community committed to the education and safety of children (and parents!) everywhere. In fact, this site appeals not only to parents, but teachers, coaches, grandparents, and cool uncles all over.

I don’t claim to know anything or even most things about raising kids with allergies, asthma, and eczema (read the not-yet-completely buttoned up disclosure here; hint, I’m no doctor), but I place a lot of value in the experience of a parent, so I’m hoping we can all learn from each other.

If nothing else, maybe we can just throw up an Epi-pen or inhaler or tube of Cortaid in solidarity. Yes, Internet, you are vast and allow for cool things like this to happen. Sit, stay awhile, pass the allergen-free cookies. :)

Roo Ciambriello