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One Gift to Help Kids With Food Allergies Can Have Twice the Impact During May

One in 13 children has food allergies, and living with food allergies is not easy. Parents and caregivers who work to keep children safe from food allergy reactions rely on life-saving education and support. During National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, you can help us provide a vital lifeline for families. When you donate to Kids With Food Allergies, Neocate® will match each gift to KFA dollar to dollar from May 1-31, 2021, up to $5,000. That means your donation can have double the...

Food Allergy Awareness Week: Saving Lives Through Education

May 9-15, 2021, is Food Allergy Awareness Week . This time each year, the food allergy community comes together to raise awareness. This year, we’re working to dispel myths and misconceptions about food allergies. Food Allergy Awareness Week starts on Mother’s Day. KFA recognizes the diligence that goes into managing food allergies. Label reading, cooking food from scratch, doctor’s appointments, and working with schools on care plans are just some of the many things you do. We wish moms...

2021 Asthma Capitals™ Report: AAFA Ranks the Top 100 Most Challenging Places in the U.S. to Live With Asthma

Asthma is the leading chronic disease in children. And since it’s an allergic disease, it’s also common in children with food allergies. Both conditions are part of a progression of allergic diseases called the “ allergic march .” There are several factors involved in the development of asthma. Genetics, exposure to tobacco smoke, and illnesses can play a role. But community factors may influence who develops asthma and how they are able to manage it. On May 5, 2021 – World Asthma Day – the...

Take Action to Raise Food Allergy Awareness

Even though about 5.6 million children and 26 million adults have food allergies, many people still don’t understand what it’s like to live with them. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has declared May to be “ National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month .” All month long, we will be raising awareness to help dispel misinformation about asthma, allergies, and food allergies. (Kids With Food Allergies is the food allergy division of AAFA.) Food Allergy Awareness Week is also...

Food Allergy Advocacy Win: The President Signs the FASTER Act and Makes Sesame a Major Allergen

Update: The president has signed the FASTER ACT! On April 23, 2021, President Biden signed the Food Allergy Safety, Treatment, Education, and Research Act of 2021, also called the FASTER Act (H.R.1202/S.578), into law. This bill expands the definition of major allergens to include sesame and requires analysis of food allergy research. Under the FASTER Act, food manufacturers have until Jan. 1, 2023, to update labels of products containing sesame. But you may see sesame appear on labels...

Help People With Food Allergies During National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month

May is Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, and Food Allergy Awareness Week is May 9-15. So now is the time to get ready to spread food allergy awareness! This year, we're even inviting the president to participate by declaring May to be National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. The month of May is a great time to help people better understand food allergies. We want to help you start the conversation with items from our online store. Order by April 23 to get your awareness items in May.

Safely Dispose of Your Allergy Medicines and Epinephrine Auto-Injectors

It is important to get rid of expired and unused medicine safely. They can be harmful to someone they aren't prescribed for, especially children. Or someone might misuse them. And getting rid of them improperly can cause them to end up in the water supply, affecting both humans and wildlife. There are several ways you can properly get rid of medicines, like epinephrine auto-injectors, inhalers, and prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medicines. How Can I Dispose of Prescription Patches...

To NBC – Food Allergies Are Not an “Emotional” Reaction

Once again, “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” has mocked food allergies. This time, Jimmy Fallon and actor Milo Ventimiglia made fun of anaphylaxis (a serious allergic reaction) as if it was an “emotional” response. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) sent a letter to Lorne Michaels, Executive Producer of the show at NBC asking the network to take food allergies seriously. This is not the first time Jimmy Fallon and guests on the show have made fun of people with food...

Popular Food Allergy Resources Are Now Available in Spanish

Two of our popular resources on managing food allergies are now available in Spanish! These handouts from Kids With Food Allergies (KFA) are available as free PDFs you can download for yourself, your child’s caregivers, teachers, and family members. ¿Por qué le prestamos tanta importancia a las alergias alimentarias? (What’s the Big Deal About Food Allergies?) Su guía para manejar las alergias alimentarias de su hijo/a (Your Guide to Managing Your Child’s Food Allergies) ¿Por qué le...

AAFA Releases the 2021 Allergy Capitals™ Report

Many children with food allergies have other allergic diseases – like asthma, eczema, and nasal allergies (allergic rhinitis) . If your child sniffles and sneezes more with the changing seasons, pollen allergies could be the cause. Allergic sensitivity to airborne pollen from trees, grasses, or weeds can cause allergy symptoms. The reason many children have related allergic conditions is because of the "allergic march" or “atopic march . ” It often starts with dry skin, which may lead to...

Confronting Hunger and the Racial Food Allergy Divide

The best way to prevent food allergy reactions is to stay away from known allergens. This may sound simple. But it is much more complicated than that. You have to know how to identify foods your child is allergic to and understand how foods are labeled . This means if your child has food allergies, you have to be sure they eat safe foods and other caregivers know how to manage their food allergy. Because of this, the foods you have access to may be limited. For some families managing food...

Black Americans With Food Allergies and Asthma Need Health Equity Now

February marks Black History Month in the United States. It celebrates the major achievements of Black Americans throughout history. It is also a chance to learn about key moments that have not only shaped the Black experience in America, but that of the entire nation. Black History Month is often a time to look at how far we’ve come and how far we have to go. At the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), we believe one of the best ways to honor the past is to heal the present and...

Valentine's Day With Food Allergies Declassified: Kisses, Candies and Parties

Valentine's Day has long been associated with kisses, candy, parties and special treats. For children with food allergies, this can mean being left out or feeling unsafe. With some advanced planning, you can keep your sweethearts with food allergies safe and included. Use open communication with your child and their caregivers to reduce the chances of a food allergy reaction. Whether toddler, teen or somewhere in between, make a plan to keep your loved ones safe this Valentine's Day: 1. At...

Read Candy Labels to Keep Your Sweetheart Safe

This information is for your convenience. Some candies and labels pictured may differ from what is currently available or sold in your area. These are only to be used as examples. Always read ingredient labels. It is not an endorsement or a guarantee of the product's safety. Contact the manufacturer, if needed, to confirm the safety for your child. Around Valentine’s Day, other people may offer candy or treats to your child with food allergies. Make sure your child knows not to accept or eat...

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Kids With Food Allergies
A Division of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
1235 South Clark Street Suite 305, Arlington, VA 22202
Phone: 1-800-7-ASTHMA (1.800.727.8462)
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