KFA Leadership & Announcements

New Allergy and Anaphylaxis Action Plan

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) reaffirmed epinephrine as the first choice to treat severe allergic reactions. And to make certain parents, caregivers and others are ready to treat anaphylaxis, the AAP released its own version of a food allergy action plan . 1 Download PDF The recommendations were released in the February 13 edition of the journal Pediatrics . 2 The report stresses that it is better to use epinephrine early, even if parents are not 100% sure that the symptoms are...

NJ Residents: Contact Your Local Representatives About Elemental Formula Bill

If you live in New Jersey, take action now by urging your local representative in the New Jersey state legislature to move a bill through the legislative process that covers the cost of special formula for eosinophilic disorders regardless of delivery method. The bill, S2649, gives health insurance coverage for amino acid-based elemental formulas (like Neocate® or EleCare®) for eosinophilic disorders. The bill provides coverage for elemental formula no matter how it is delivered. An infant...

Read Candy Labels to Keep Your Sweetheart Safe

Around Valentine's Day, others may offer candy or treats to your child with food allergies. Make sure your child knows not to accept or eat any candy unless a parent or trusted adult has verified that it is safe to eat. Many candies look alike but can have different ingredients and advisory warnings. Many smaller candies are sold in larger packages and do not have an ingredient label on the individual pieces. Remind your child to not eat any candy until you can carefully check the ingredient...

How to Parent a Child Who Takes Life-Threatening Food Allergies in Stride

If you’re like many parents of children who have severe food allergies, you worry about how this condition will affect your child as they grow up. Will the food allergies make your child anxious or miserable? Will they be afraid to leave the house? Will they take risks? How will it affect them? I have good news for you. It really is possible to raise your child in a way that they accept their food allergies as just another part of who they are. Your child can turn out “well-adjusted” in...

Pledge Your #TealLove for a Child With Food Allergies This Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day can be a challenge for kids with food allergies. Candy and treats can mean being excluded or feeling unsafe. #TealLove means being inclusive of those with food allergies. How can you pledge your #TealLove to someone with food allergies on Valentine's Day? Show food allergy awareness with our #TealLove awareness ribbons. One in 13 U.S. kids has a food allergy. You can use these images as your profile picture or share on social media: Encourage non-food gifts which are safer...

Help Drive the Future of Food Allergy Research

Does your family have food allergies? If so, we invite you to inform food allergy research. Our Food Allergy Patient & Family Registry (Registry) is a web-based program that gives you a place to share your experiences. The Registry is a program to collect, manage and analyze data from and about people with food allergies. It will advance research through patient information. Our goal is to find ways to prevent and cure food allergy. The first and only “patient-centered” food allergy...

Tips to Safely Celebrate Valentine's Day With Food Allergies

There's nothing sweeter than celebrating Valentine's Day with the ones you love. Valentine's Day has long been associated with candy and sweets. For children with food allergies, this can mean being excluded or feeling unsafe. Focusing on non-food gifts allows everyone to safely enjoy the holiday. Use our Tips to Safely Celebrate Valentine's Day With Food Allergies which includes ideas for celebrating both at home and at school. Valentine's Day at Home Make safe treats for your family.

Celebrate Valentine's Day With L-O-V-E

As a child growing up with food allergies, Halloween and Valentine’s Day were two days of the year that I would really notice that I was different. Valentine’s Day is a holiday focused on sweets and candies that show your love for others, but for me, these sweets and candies are filled with ingredients that can send me to the hospital. So how can we make this holiday something special, but also safe for those with food allergies? I am thankful to have people in my life that have always gone...

What Are Your Options for Epinephrine Auto-Injectors?

Epinephrine is a lifesaving medicine for people with severe allergies. It’s awful to think that some Americans have to choose between putting food on the table and putting an epinephrine auto-injector in their child’s backpack. It is important to discuss with your physician about what is the most appropriate prescription for your family. You may also need to find out which options your insurance provider prefers. This will affect your out-of-pocket costs. Each device has its own unique set...

What You Need to Know About Cruising With Food Allergies

During the past few years, the cruise industry has started taking food allergies and special diets more seriously. Many major cruise lines now have policies to avoid cross contamination. Recently, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), an industry trade group, issued a statement about how cruise lines accommodate food allergy diets. “Cruise lines are well equipped and happy to accommodate a variety of diets including no/low fat, vegetarian, vegan, dairy or lactose free, gluten or...

WEBINAR: Reducing Risk of Peanut Allergy – A Review of New Guidelines

New guidelines released in 2017 may help prevent the development of peanut allergy. The guidelines recommend early introduction of peanut-containing foods to infants as early as 4 and 6 months of age. How peanut-containing foods should be introduced to infants depends on the infant’s risk level. Join us for a free webinar on January 26, 2017 at 3 pm EST.

New Guidelines for Early Introduction of Peanut

For years, guidelines told us that parents and pediatricians should delay giving peanut-containing foods to children until after age three. However, all of our best evidence now shows that early introduction of peanut-containing foods is associated with less peanut allergy.

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