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The Social and Emotional Impact of Raising Kids With Food Allergies: Insights from Parents (Video)


On Aug. 21, 2019, Kenny Mendez, President and CEO of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), co-hosted a Facebook Live session with blogger Anna Luther of My Life and Kids. If you didn’t have a chance to tune in live, you can watch a replay of session. (Kids With Food Allergies is a division of AAFA.)

The Facebook Live session focused on new treatments for kids with peanut allergies, the results of newly released research conducted by AAFA on the social and emotional impact on parents of kids with food allergies, and some great back-to-school tips for parents.

Kenny and Anna discussed:

  • The results of AAFA's research revealing the tremendous financial, social and emotional burden facing caregivers who have kids with food allergies
  • Two new immunotherapy treatments for kids ages 2-17 years old, including details on how these new treatments work – one is oral immunotherapy, and the other is a skin patch to give peanut proteins through the skin
  • How AAFA and Kids With Food Allergies brings the perspective of families managing food allergies to research
  • Back-to-school tips on how to talk with teachers and school staff about your child's food allergy, along with how to have supportive conversations with family members
  • How to get resources and support if your child has been newly diagnosed with food allergies

Even if you didn't watch live, you can watch a replay of the session. To chat with other parents, join the first and largest online community for caregivers of kids with food allergies. You’ll also find school resources you can share with your child's school, like ideas for non-food rewards, hidden allergens in craft supplies and our Teal Classroom™ Kit for an inclusive classroom. And you’ll receive regular updates on food allergy news and research.

Get the support you need to manage your child's food allergies. Join our community to follow our blog for the latest food allergy education, news and research. Our community also gives you the chance to connect with others who manage food allergies in an encouraging and supportive environment.


Kids With Food Allergies (KFA) is a division of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). AAFA is the largest and oldest nonprofit patient organization dedicated to asthma and allergies. KFA educates families and communities with practical food allergy management strategies to save lives and improve the quality of life for children and their families. Our online community includes public blogs. To post a comment, you will need to register or sign in. Registered members have access to additional specialized support forums for food allergies. Registration is free!

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