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Facing Adulthood With Food Allergy: the Impact on Teens and Young Adults and Their Parents

Even if a child with a food allergy has had it all their life, each growth stage comes with its own concerns and challenges. In the “Spotlight: Transition to Adulthood,” we found that the period when a child moves into adulthood comes with a greater risk when food allergies are involved. It also causes a lot of anxiety for their parents.

Milk, Coconut Allergy Allert: Green Dining Table Frozen Pork Dumplings

Green Dining Table, Inc., an Alhambra, CA establishment, is recalling approximately 183,330 pounds of frozen pork dumplings due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The product contains milk and coconut, known allergens, which are not declared on the product label.

Illinois Congress Passes Elijah’s Law to Prevent Severe Food Allergy Reactions in Child Day Care Programs

The Illinois House and Senate have passed Elijah’s Law (HB0102) . It is now waiting to be signed into law by Governor Pritzker. Under this bill, the Illinois Department of Public Health must create policies to prevent anaphylaxis (a severe allergic reaction) in school districts and day care centers. The bill also requires the department to create, give out, and post information on its website about the anaphylaxis policies. Schools and day care centers must tell parents and guardians of the...

Preparing for a New School Year When Your Child Has Food Allergies

When your child has food allergies, preparing for a new school year takes extra work and planning. But prepping in advance can go a long way toward helping your child and their school staff prevent food allergy reactions and have a great school year. Use these tips to get ready for the new school year before it starts. Communicate with the school about your child’s food allergies. Start as early as possible – over the spring or summer before the next school year. It’s a good idea to contact...

Oral Food Challenges: the Gold Standard for Food Allergy Diagnosis

Has your allergist suggested an oral food challenge ? The thought of feeding your child a food they may be allergic to can be scary. But an oral food challenge is the best way to confirm a food allergy diagnosis. And it can have benefits – whether you get the results you are hoping for or not. What Is an Oral Food Challenge? Simply put, an oral food challenge is where your allergist feeds your child a food to see if they have an allergic reaction. Oral food challenges are the gold standard...

AAFA’s Ask the Allergist: Do High IgE Levels Mean My Child Has an Allergy?

Information from AAFA’s Ask the Allergist is not a substitute for a consultation with a health care professional. Always talk with your own doctor before making changes to your or your child's asthma or allergy management plan. Q: My son has elevated IgE levels. Does that mean he has allergies? A: IgE (Immunoglobin E) are antibodies produced by the immune system. They can be high for many reasons. A common reason may include the presence of an allergic condition. Allergic conditions include...

Peanut Allergy Alert: Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cups

RECALL: Potential Peanut Allergen in Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cups (2-Pack) For Immediate Release June 23, 2021 Contact Information Trader Joe’s Customer Relations (626) 599-3817 Company Announcement We have been alerted by our supplier of Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cups (2-Pack) (SKU 68229) that product with the following date codes may contain peanut protein that could pose a risk for those with severe peanut allergies: SELL BY APR 05 2022 SELL BY APR 06 2022 SELL BY APR...

Allergy-Friendly Dishes for Cookouts, Barbecues, and Picnics

Fire up the grills and set the picnic table. It’s cookout season! As you plan small cookouts, barbecues, and picnics – following current COVID-19 guidelines , of course – try out these options from our Safe Eats® Allergy-Friendly Recipe Collection . Appetizers Buffalo Chicken Dip – Buffalo chicken dip is a popular snack, but traditional recipes contain milk products. Make this version free of egg, milk, fish, gluten, peanut, sesame, shellfish, soy, tree nuts, and wheat. Add vegetables or...

Rising Star: 12-Year-Old Raises Food Allergy Awareness Through Music

To raise food allergy awareness, Louis Martins used his musical talents. He released his first musical composition, “ Fulminare ,” on May 14, 2021, during Food Allergy Awareness Week. Louis and his parents, Claudia and Luis, talked to Kids With Food Allergies (KFA) about his passion for music and why supporting patient organizations that support people with food allergies is important. At only 12 years old, Louis has been playing the piano for nearly seven years. He also likes to write...

Milk, Egg Allergy Alert: JUST Egg Flavored Plant-Based Bites

Cuisine Solutions, Sterling, VA is initiating a voluntary recall of its JUST Egg flavored plant-based “bites” products due to undeclared allergens. A limited number of 2-pouch retail packages may contain an incorrect sealed pouch containing whole-egg and milk products. The interior plastic pouches are properly labeled to distinguish the products.

Food Allergy Anaphylaxis in Infants and Toddlers (Video and Resources)

Update: If you missed the webinar, we added the video below. We also included some resources on additional information discussed in the webinar, as well as answers to several questions we received. Kids With Food Allergies (KFA) hosted a webinar on May 13, 2021, on the latest research on food allergy anaphylaxis in infants and toddlers. The webinar was presented by: Michael Pistiner, MD, MMSc, pediatric allergist at MassGeneral Hospital for Children in Boston, Massachusetts Melanie Carver,...

Astepro Nasal Antihistamine Spray Is Approved to Be Sold Without a Prescription

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved a nasal antihistamine for nonprescription use through a process called a partial prescription to nonprescription switch. The FDA approved Astepro (azelastine hydrochloride nasal spray, 0.15%) for seasonal and perennial allergic rhinitis—commonly known as allergies—for adults and children six years of age and older.

AAFA Launches Ask the Allergist Knowledge Base

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has launched our new Ask the Allergist knowledge base . Kids With Food Allergies (KFA) is the food allergy division of AAFA. For more than 20 years, AAFA’s board-certified allergists have answered your allergy and asthma questions through our Ask the Allergist service. Now we have compiled the most common questions people have submitted, along with their responses, into a searchable knowledge base. It includes questions and answers on food...

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