1/15/2013 -- This free online class was presented by Kids With Food Allergies Foundation as part of our educational outreach program. Our guest speaker was food allergy author Linda Coss. Dr. Michael Pistiner was our representative from our medical advisory team. We thank our guest speakers for joining us as uncompensated volunteers.
This webinar was made possible by an unrestricted educational grant provided by Mylan. Our next webinar will be on February 20 and the topic will be Birthdays and Celebrations. In March, we will be discussing Eating Out with Food Allergies. Keep an eye out for your invitation to register for these classes!
During yesterday's webinar, we received nearly 100 questions submitted by the attendees of the class. Several were answered during the Q&A session (watch the video above). If you submitted a question that wasn't answered during the live class, the answer may be found below:
Schools and Food Allergies Webinar Part 1 (What Every Parent Needs to Know)
This webinar covered issues such as food allergy basics, teaching children about food allergies, food in the classrooms, cafeteria concerns, staff training and more. The length is one hour.
Schools and Food Allergies Webinar Part 2 (Q&A with Leading Experts)
Questions submitted by our members were answered by a large panel of experts (allergists, school nurses, and educators). The length is one hour.
From creating a Section 504 Plan to communicating early on with teachers and school nurses, planning is essential. KFA provides you with the resources your child needs to guarantee a successful (and safe) school year. Additionally, feel free to post on KFA's support forum for Parents of School-Age Kids.
A 30-minute module perfect for training school staff on the management of food allergies in school.
We know that education and awareness prevents bullying. This short video slideshow from Dr. Michael Pistiner at AllergyHome.org is a great tool to teach schoolchildren about food allergies.
Linda Coss shares her story about sending her son (with multiple food allergies) to college. These are a collection of posts made on the KFA support community, so you must register to be a member to read these posts.
EMOTIONAL HEALTH AND ANXIETY
Unfortunately, extreme anxiety can be common in children with life- threatening food allergies, but it is treatable.
How to keep your cool when your child is diagnosed with food allergies.
Restrictions in foods and social activities can lead children to experience feelings of sadness, anger, frustration and self consciousness - particularly when they feel safety precautions make them stand out from their peers.
Kissing (ranging from passionate to a peck on the cheek) can prompt an allergic reaction.
By working together, families of food-allergic children and restaurants can help prevent food-allergic reactions and make dining out less stressful.
Additionally, we will cover this topic in our March webinar!
FOOD ALLERGY TESTING
What you need to know about diagnostic testing for food allergy.
Cross-reactivity occurs when the proteins in one substance are similar to the proteins in another and the immune system sees them as the same. In the case of food allergies, cross-reactivity can occur between one food and another but it is also seen between pollen and foods or latex and foods.
If you have any other questions, such as food & cooking, travel, epinephrine carriers, etc., we encourage you to post on our community support forums. Our community members and volunteers can give you individual, specialized advice. Registration is free!