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.
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), the premiere nonprofit representing patients with asthma and allergies, applauds the recent request for information and statement from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) demonstrating its commitment to explore the classification of sesame as a major allergen. Kids With Food Allergies is a division of AAFA.
Hurricane Michael left historical devastation on the Florida Panhandle. Many affected people are in dire need of help. You can help get safe food to the affected areas.
It is important to get rid of expired and unused medicine safely. National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is coming soon. There are several ways you can properly get rid of medicines, like epinephrine auto-injectors, prescription and over-the-counter medicines.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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