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How to Report Foods After an Allergic Reaction

If you suspect your child had an allergic reaction to a mislabeled food, you can report it. By doing so, you can help play an important role in public health. Here’s what you need to do: 1. Always treat the reaction first and seek emergency care for your child . If your child already has a food allergy, follow the emergency action plan given to you by your child’s allergist. Remember to take all allergic symptoms seriously. Both mild and severe symptoms can lead to a serious allergic...

Increasing Food Allergy Awareness With Your Help

The state of food allergies is changing at a fast pace. As the rate of food allergies have increased, it has become more and more evident that change must happen to help people managing this condition. With greater awareness comes more research studies, more clinical trials, and more hope for treatments. Kids With Food Allergies (KFA), the food allergy division of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) , has been on the front lines of awareness efforts. We saw our hard work pay...

A Year in Advocacy – Better Food Labeling, Anaphylaxis Policies, and Healthy Schools

Happy December! Welcome to your 2021 advocacy update from Kids with Food Allergies (KFA), a division of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) . This year was a truly important year for the food allergy community. Here are some of the highlights. The School-Based Asthma and Allergy Management Program Act KFA kicked off the year with the passing of an important bill in January. Former President Trump signed the School-Based Asthma and Allergy Management Program Act on Jan. 5.

People With Food Allergies Can Get the COVID-19 Vaccine

Updates as of Dec. 13, 2021: We have updated this blog post to reflect the most recent recommendations from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As more information becomes available, we will continue to update our community. The COVID-19 vaccine is an important part of reducing the spread of the coronavirus , ending the pandemic, and protecting ourselves and other people. It can reduce your chance of severe COVID-19,...

Food-Free Ways to Celebrate the Holidays at School

Many schools celebrate the winter holidays in ways that might include food. But celebrating without food can be just as fun – not to mention more inclusive and safer for students and staff with food allergies. If your school chooses to celebrate the winter holidays, partner with staff and families at your child’s school to plan food-free holiday festivities. Share our Teal Classroom™: Food Allergy Awareness Kit with your child's teacher, school administrators, and the school nurse. This kit...

Plan Ahead to Reduce Your Holiday Stress From Food Allergies

Holidays should be a joyful time spent with friends and family. But holidays focused around food can create added stress for parents and caregivers of children with food allergies. These tips will help you avoid food allergy reactions during holiday celebrations. RELATED CONTENT : Don’t forget to follow COVID-19 recommendations for holiday gatherings if you plan to celebrate with people outside of your household. Keep the Focus on the Holiday, Not the Food Every family celebrates holidays in...

High School Senior Uses Her Personal Experiences to Advocate for People With Food Allergies and Asthma

Shreaya Madireddy is a senior in high school near Dayton, Ohio. She has asthma, eczema, and animal and environmental allergies. She is also allergic to all nuts, peanuts, coconut, beans, and soy. But Shreaya doesn’t let her food allergies and asthma hold her back. She coaches youth volleyball and volunteers at local nursing homes through the Key Club. She volunteers with Be the Match to help set up bone marrow registration drives. And she uses her voice to make a difference for people with...

Understanding Oral Immunotherapy for Food Allergies

The standard recommendation to prevent allergic reactions is to remove the food allergen from the diet of the person with the food allergy. But one type of treatment, called food oral immunotherapy (OIT) , exposes them to small amounts of the food allergen. But before you consider it, it helps to know what it is, how it works, and the risks and benefits. OIT is a food allergy treatment that retrains your child’s immune system to respond differently to food. It helps the body gradually...

The Impact of Eczema on Children With Food Allergies

Eczema is common among children with food allergies. That's not surprising since they are both caused by reactions of the immune system. Atopic dermatitis (AD) is the most common form of eczema. Many people think of it as “dry skin” or “sensitive skin.” But people who don't know about AD aren't aware of the social, emotional and financial impact it can have on families who manage it.

Raise Awareness to Promote an Food Allergy Friendly Tealoween

Teal is the color of food allergy awareness and teal pumpkins have become the symbol of food allergy awareness at Halloween. When you see a teal pumpkin, it means non-food treats are available for kids with food allergies or other dietary restrictions. Kids With Food Allergies has tips to help you have a safer and more inclusive Tealoween. 1. Raise awareness about food allergies and being inclusive. Change your social media profile picture to show people you support a safer, more inclusive...

Be Part of the Future of Food Allergy Treatment (Video)

Update for Oct. 1, 2021: Did you miss the live stream of the PFDD meeting on food allergy? You can watch the recording . You can still share your experiences living with and managing food allergy. Send in your comments by Oct. 9, 2021. We will include your comments in the upcoming food allergy “Voice of the Patient Report.” We will send this report to FDA representatives. By sharing your story, you can help influence the future of treatments for food allergies. SUBMIT YOUR COMMENTS The...

[Sponsored] 2021 Allergy-Friendly Halloween Candy Guide

We thank Enjoy Life Foods for their sponsorship of this blog post to help us share information about candy options for children with food allergies. This is a sponsored post and is not an endorsement of any company or its products, nor is it a guarantee of the products’ safety. The funding we received for this advertisement helps support our free food allergy and asthma programs. The scary part of Halloween should be stories of witches and ghosts, not the candy. Food-centered holidays can be...

Share Our Teal Classroom: Food Allergy Awareness Kit With Your Child’s School to Promote Allergy-Friendly Classrooms

Update as of Sept. 2, 2021: We have updated our Teal Classroom™: Food Allergy Awareness Kit! This version includes updated resources, such as posters, stickers, activity sheets, educational information, and more. Each school year, Kids With Food Allergies (KFA) wants to help parents, teachers, and school staff create healthy and inclusive learning environments for children with food allergies. One resource we offer to school staff is our Teal Classroom™: Food Allergy Awareness Kit . It is...

Support Is an Important Part of Food Allergy Management

Managing your child’s food allergies can feel overwhelming. But the support of a community can make a world of difference. Kids With Food Allergies (KFA) is dedicated to saving lives and reducing the burden of food allergies through support, advocacy, education, and research. One way we do that is by offering support through our KFA community. Helping your child avoid the food they are allergic to is not always enough. Getting support is an important part of food allergy management. Support...

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...

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