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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.

People With Food Allergies Can Get the COVID-19 Vaccine

Updates as of June 10, 2021: Who can get the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine How to find where to get the vaccine near you As more information becomes available, we will continue to update our community. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized three COVID-19 vaccines for emergency use from Pfizer-BioNTech (for ages 12 and older), Moderna (for ages 18 and older), and Johnson & Johnson (ages 18 and older). This is great news in the fight to end the COVID-19 pandemic. The Centers for...

Parental Warning: Don’t Let Kids With a Shellfish Allergy Eat Cicadas

The Brood X cicadas are here. These are a type of insect that live underground and then emerge from the soil in every 17 years to mate. And there’s a lot of them. If you live anywhere from New York to Tennessee, you’ve probably seen them. Or you’re about to. To most kids (and a lot of adults), this sounds like something out of an action or science fiction movie. As much of the eastern half of the nation experiences this “swarmageddon,” the red-eyed critters are often hard for kids to resist...

New AAFA Research Aims to Improve Diagnosis and Treatment of Severe Allergic Reactions in Infants and Toddlers

Recognizing Severe Allergic Reactions in Infants and Toddlers Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction that can be life-threatening if not treated quickly and properly. But the signs and symptoms can be hard to recognize, especially in infants and toddlers. One of the biggest challenges is that this age group is nonverbal. Infants cannot talk about their symptoms, so parents and doctors may not notice or identify the signs of an allergic reaction. Research also suggests infants and toddlers...

New Study Will Look at Early Signs of Food Allergy and Eczema Risk

A study to identify prenatal and early childhood markers of high risk for food allergy and atopic dermatitis, or eczema, as well as biological pathways that lead to these conditions, has begun. The observational study of children from birth to age 3 years will examine the origins of allergic disease by integrating interdisciplinary analyses of data from more than 260 biological and environmental samples and survey responses from each of 2,500 families.

Data Shows Early Introduction Has Led to a Decrease in Peanut Allergy

According to new research scheduled for presentation during the 2021 American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) Virtual Annual Meeting, despite finding that peanut allergy prevalence is still high among those with early introduction to peanut, the study authors did discover that early introduction led to a 16% decrease in peanut allergy.

Fighting for Lights of Hope In a Year of Darkness

Like many organizations, Kids With Food Allergies (KFA), a division of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) , has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. The food allergy community has been heavily impacted by several events of 2020: The public health emergency and economic recession caused by the COVID-19 pandemic Reduced production of allergy-friendly foods and food labeling changes due to the pandemic Record-breaking wildfires and health impacts related to natural disasters...

FDA Issues Warning to Whole Foods Market About Mislabeling of Allergens

The Food and Drug Administration issued a warning letter to a popular grocery chain for repeated food recalls due to undeclared allergens or mislabeled foods. As reported by Consumer Reports, the FDA Says Whole Foods Market Repeatedly Failed To Properly Label Foods With Allergens . Last year, the chain had 32 recalls because foods contained undeclared allergens. The U.S. requires that pre-packaged foods that contain one or more major food allergen must include the plain name of the allergen...

AAFA’s Medical Scientific Council Shares Statement on Early Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Safety Questions for People With Allergies

"Recent media reports of reactions to the new Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, first out of the U.K. and now one report in the United States are stirring safety concerns for people with a history of serious allergies. It’s important to remember that we still don’t have the full details regarding the specifics of any of these reported reactions. Allergists, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are all keeping an eye on these...

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