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 similar 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...
Valentine's Day is the time of year when you show your loved ones how much they mean to you. But for kids with food allergies, it can leave them feeling excluded or unsafe. #TealLove means being inclusive of those with food allergies.
Kids With Food Allergies (KFA), a division of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), co-hosted a free educational Facebook Live event with MassGeneral Hospital for Children. Pediatric allergist Michael Pistiner, MD, MMSc, explained the basics of managing food allergies that parents and caregivers need to know.
Parents and caregivers of children with food allergies are invited to an interactive group session that will provide tools for best practices in protecting and promoting your child’s health and well-being.
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has joined with the Allergy & Asthma Network, the Center for Science in the Public Interest and Food Allergy Research & Education to issue a statement about the current government shut down and its impact on the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) review of food allergy therapies.
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.
My 3-year-old has been vomiting, gagging or spitting up after consumption of peanut-containing products. He’s had licks of peanut butter and small amounts of peanut butter crackers at 1-2 years of age. He’s just recently started vomiting. I’m worried he’s developed a peanut allergy now and have questions. Read the response from an allergist.
Fifteen years ago, Rene was in shock as she carried Ian’s limp, purple body into the emergency room. He was unresponsive and barely breathing.* She knew he was having an allergic reaction to something he ate at his first birthday party earlier that evening. But she didn’t fully understand that Ian was experiencing anaphylaxis, a serious allergic reaction.
Many schools are moving away from celebrating holidays with food in the classroom. If your school chooses to celebrate the winter holidays, partner with key school staff and families to plan holiday festivities that are safer and more inclusive for everyone, including kids with food allergies.
Give your favorite allergy-friendly cooks gifts they can use as they prepare safe foods for your family this holiday season. Your purchase is also a gift to parents of children with food allergies, allowing us to continue life-saving education, advocacy and support. Order by December 15 for holiday delivery!
December is a whirlwind of activity for many families. If you manage food allergies, planning is key during the Christmas season. It will help you enjoy your family time to the fullest. Here are some tips from Kids With Food Allergies for that most joyous time of year: 1) Download Our New Christmas Tip Sheet Our new handout provides tips and ideas to safely celebrate Christmas with food allergies. Share with friends, family and teachers. Safely celebrate with friends at home.
Sesame labeling has been a common topic in the news and our community recently. We wanted to give you an update on progress we’ve made advocating for better sesame labeling.
Karen Harris has managed allergies all her life. She was diagnosed with a tree nut allergy and oral allergy syndrome as a child. As an adult, she developed asthma and a soy allergy . She has three kids between the ages of 10 and 23. They all have asthma and/or allergies. Her oldest daughter, Lauryn, is also allergic to tree nuts. Her son, Layne, is allergic to insects. And her youngest daughter, Mika, is allergic to tree nuts , milk , eggs , most grains and some seeds. They all carry...
Holidays are a great time to spend with friends and family. Food-focused holidays, like Thanksgiving, Christmas, Chanukah, Chinese New Year and other winter holiday celebrations, can create added stress for parents of children with food allergies. Try some of these ideas to take the precautions to avoid food allergy reactions during family meals and parties.
The school year is well underway. That often means making new friends and reconnecting with old ones. Existing friendships can also change over time. Friends who understand your child's food allergies can be an important part of their safety net. Children, especially adolescents and young adults, with supportive friends are less likely to take part in food allergy-related risky behaviors. Learn how you can help foster those friendships.