KFA Leadership & Announcements

Spread Awareness About 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.

Share Your Allergy Reactions to Sesame With the FDA

Sesame allergy ranks ninth in prevalence behind the top 8 allergens. But manufacturers are not required to clearly label sesame on their products. It can even go unlabeled under terms like “spices” and “natural flavoring.” This is very distressing as reactions to sesame can be among the most severe for adults and children. We are asking community members who have had an adverse reaction to sesame, or care for someone who has, to share their story with the FDA.

AAFA Joins Other Groups to Promote the Teal Pumpkin Project for a Safer Halloween

This Halloween across America, teal pumpkins will signal safe treats for trick-or-treaters with food allergies as part of the Teal Pumpkin Project, an awareness initiative jointly supported this year by Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America and several other groups.

Food Allergies Don’t Have to Make Halloween Scary

Holidays like Halloween that focus on food and treats can be stressful for parents and kids who manage food allergies. Preparing ahead can reduce that stress and minimize the chances of having a food allergy reaction. Here are our tips to make your Halloween safer and less stressful. Communicate With Caregivers If your child will be attending Halloween parties or trick-or-treating with friends without you, make sure there is an adult who knows how to prevent, recognize and treat anaphylaxis...

2018 Allergy-Friendly Halloween Candy Guide

The scary part of Halloween should be witches and ghosts, not the candy. Food-centered holidays can be stressful when managing food allergies. With planning, your family can still safely enjoy Halloween. Here are some top-8 free Halloween candy ideas. These candies are free of peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, egg, soy, wheat, fish and shellfish.

Donate Allergy-Friendly Food to People Affected by Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence has made landfall and is having a devastating effect on the Carolinas and surrounding areas. And the impact will last for weeks, leaving many families with food allergies without access to safe food. You can help get safe food to affected families. Below, we have listed Amazon Wish Lists that local groups have created for food banks in the evacuation areas that are currently accepting allergy-friendly food donations.

Raise Awareness to Promote an 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 others you support a safer, more inclusive...

AAFA Applauds Walgreens and Kaléo Partnership, Increasing Patient Access to Life-Saving Epinephrine

Walgreens and kaléo, a privately-held pharmaceutical company, are working together to improve access to epinephrine auto-injectors by making kaléo’s AUVI-Q® available through Walgreens locations nationwide. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) applauds this effort to help thousands of Americans with their epinephrine needs during the back to school season, as supply issues have been reported to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by other manufacturers.

Letter to the Department of Health and Human Services: People With Allergies Need Access to Epinephrine

For the past few months, many members of our community have had trouble filling prescriptions for epinephrine auto-injectors. Some have been affected by shortages due to manufacturing issues. Others have been given one auto-injector when two have been prescribed, as decided by their insurance company. Families are walking away from pharmacies empty-handed, or driving miles out of their way to fill their prescription

The Tools You Need to Send Your Child With Food Allergies Back to School

Summer is drawing to a close and it’s back-to-school time once again. That means it’s time to make sure you have everything you need to keep your child with food allergies safe at school. Along with supplies, books, lunchboxes, uniforms and anything else you might need, make sure you check out these school resources from Kids With Food Allergies (KFA).

8 Fun Ways to Teach Children About Food Allergies

Teaching your child about food allergies is an important part of keeping them safe. Young children can start to learn about food allergies at a young age. This knowledge will give them confidence with self-managing their food allergies as they get older. Here are some resources created just for kids to help them learn more about food allergies. The links below include books, videos, games, music and classroom resources. 1. Ally and Andy’s Activity Book This coloring and activity book from...

Join Us in Thanking Lynda Mitchell for Her Service to People With Asthma and Allergies

Today, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) honors Lynda Mitchell’s dedication and service to people with asthma and allergies. Her last day as Chief Operating Officer of AAFA will be on the first of August. Lynda will be pursuing other opportunities. Kids With Food Allergies (KFA) is a division of AAFA. “Lynda Mitchell’s groundbreaking formation of KFA in 1998 created a new benchmark in the patient-centered care movement. Her deep dedication and continuing commitment to...

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

Summer is in full swing! Time for lazy days and family fun. But it's also the time to think ahead to the back-to-school season! Planning now will help ensure a safe and successful school year for your child with food allergies. Our School Planning Zone has many free resources for families and school staff to help with managing food allergies at school. The newest addition is our Teal Classroom™ Kit , available as a free PDF download or printed booklet. What Is a Teal Classroom™? Teal is the...

Moms and Kids Host Play-In to Bring Attention to Need for Climate Action

On July 11, 2018, moms and their children will host the fifth annual Play-In for Climate Action. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) will join Moms Clean Air Force on the U.S. Capital Grounds in Washington, D.C., to support action against climate change. The family-friendly event will have kids’ activities, music and speakers. Kids With Food Allergies is a division of AAFA.

Kids With Food Allergies
A Division of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
8201 Corporate Drive Suite 1000 Landover, MD 20785
Phone: 1-800-7-ASTHMA (1.800.727.8462)
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