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New Law Allows New York School Bus Drivers to Administer Epinephrine

Kids With Food Allergies ·
Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation sponsored by Assemblyman David Buchwald (D-Westchester) to allow school bus drivers and other contractors providing services to schools to administer epinephrine when a child suffers anaphylaxis shock.
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Nutrition and Food Safety for Students with Food Allergies (Video and Resources)

Kids With Food Allergies ·
Free webinar hosted by Kids With Food Allergies on August 20, 2013 featuring guest speakers Dayle Hayes, MS, RD, and Deb Indorato, RD, LDN.  The following is the video recording and a list of resources to help you with nutrition and food safety...
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Why Food Allergy Awareness Is Important and 3 Things You Can Do to Spread It

Kids With Food Allergies ·
Kids With Food Allergies introduces you to Tiffany Rogers of  Allergy Cookie , where she shares top-8 free cookie ideas and thoughts about parenting with food allergies. She is the mom of a child with multiple severe food allergies, wife of a...
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Why the Weatherford, Texas, School Board’s Anaphylaxis Policy Is a Bad Idea

Kids With Food Allergies ·
School is a common place for children to experience anaphylaxis – a serious allergic reaction. But the Weatherford Independent School District in Texas recently took a step backward. They created a policy that guides staff to give Benadryl® for severe allergic reactions, instead of unassigned stock epinephrine. But this goes against medical evidence.
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Study of Australian Children Points to Possible Clue in Curing Peanut Allergy

Kids With Food Allergies ·
Australian researchers say they may have come up with a potential treatment for peanut allergy that combines eating peanuts with a probiotic. More studies are needed and parents should not try this at home, the scientists say. Probiotics are sometimes...
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Study Supports AAP Allergy Prevention Recommendations

Kids With Food Allergies ·
A study published in Pediatrics on November 18, 2013, supports the current American Academy of Pediatrics' allergy prevention recommendations to not introduce solids before 4 to 6 months of age. The study found the delay of the...
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Re: Department of Justice Tells University to Accommodate Food Allergies

songspinner ·
Wow. It was such a huge deal when I went to college and the UC campus I chose made it very very difficult and in fact actively discriminated against me. This makes me feel better about my daughter's college possibities.
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Re: Department of Justice Tells University to Accommodate Food Allergies

Gloria ·
Another example of the good government can do!
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Re: Raising a Well-Adjusted Child Who Takes Food Allergies in Stride

Lynda ·
Thanks for asking. We've had parents request a children's or teens forum, but as an organization, we'd need to be compliant with the federal law, COPPA - Children's Online Child Protection and Privacy Act. As such, we'd need to have parental consent for children under age 13 to participate and we'd have to monitor conversations to make sure children are adequately protected on our forums. We've asked for parent volunteers to help with an effort like this, but haven't had anyone really come...
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Re: What's the Big Deal about Food Allergies? (Free Community Handout)

Kathy P ·
Was that directed to me?? I actually didn't work on that particular handout, but yes a lot of work goes into resources like this. And it's always a difficult balancing act since dealing w/ food allergies is a wide spectrum. If you have concerns or suggestions, you can e-mail them directly to Lynda at the address she provided above. I'm sorry to hear it did not fit your particular needs and you decided not to give it to the teacher. Thank for your feedback though as it is always good to get a...
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Re: What's the Big Deal about Food Allergies? (Free Community Handout)

Melanie Carver ·
Hi Cheryl! Welcome to KFA I wanted to add a note about "inclusion". Usually around here when we're talking about inclusion, we mean that the allergen should be removed from the situation or the environment should be made safe for the child with food allergies so that they can be included in an activity. We are not meaning it to say that a kid with a milk allergy should have to sit and endure a milk-laden pizza party. That's not what we mean by "inclusive". From your post, I couldn't tell if...
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Re: Happy Eid!

Kathy P ·
Caught in the act! Thanks for sharing!
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Re: Family with EoE Dares You to Try Eating Just One of These Allergy-Friendly Granola Bars

K8sMom2002 ·
Leslie, I'm not sure ... I'm thinking you could try it without it but you may have to adjust the other ingredients because the protein powder may act like a binder of sorts, and it may be too wet otherwise. I'll send up a flare and see if we can't figure it out.
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Re: Label Reading Reminder: Look Out for Similar Packaging or Separate Items Within a Package

K8sMom2002 ·
Wow, that was a great catch, Sunny! Does your daughter avoid both peanuts and tree nuts? Here's a great resource that's helped me understand labeling ... FAQ About the Food Allergen Labeling Consumer Protection Act . It was eye-opening how many exceptions there were!
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Re: Enjoy Each Day!

Wendy Pierce ·
So sad. Either that, or they act like we are being annoying, like it is a choice our child has life threatening food allergies, or that we are just being "picky".
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Unpacking Food Allergy Bias During a New Turning Point in the Struggle for Racial Equality

Kids With Food Allergies ·
By Kafi Drexel Brown Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, Public Relations Director I have a confession. While health and wellness have been a longtime focus of my life and work, I didn’t give food allergies much thought until I joined the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) as its public relations director. It also didn’t hit me how odd it is I haven’t considered food allergies an important factor in my life until having a conversation with a colleague about how racial...
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Strides in Food Allergy Advocacy

Kids With Food Allergies ·
Even though 32 million Americans have food allergies, protections for people with food allergies are still lacking. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and its division Kids With Food Allergies (KFA) have been advocating for better food allergy awareness and for ways to prevent severe allergic reactions. Engagement With FDA During COVID-19 – AAFA is leading a coalition of 13 other food allergy organizations to respond to the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) "Temporary...
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Letter to the FDA: Require Food Manufacturers to Post Substitutions

Kids With Food Allergies ·
Update: We are pleased to announce that on June 18, 2020, the FDA responded to our joint letter on their temporary labeling guidelines. They released a list of FAQs to help clear up confusion. The FDA is making it clear that: Any substitution that involves a top 8 allergen recognized by law and those identified as “priority allergens” by other countries including sesame, celery, lupin, buckwheat, molluscan shellfish and mustard must require a label change by manufacturers and vendors The...
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How an Action Plan Can Help You Treat Anaphylaxis

Kids With Food Allergies ·
May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month . May 10-16, 2020, is Food Allergy Awareness Week. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and MedicAlert have teamed up to help you manage your child’s food allergies and prevent severe allergic reactions. (Kids With Food Allergies is a division of AAFA). We’re asking you to “ACT” to manage your child’s allergies: “A” means have an action plan for anaphylaxis. “C” reminds you to carry important medicines and have your child wear...
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ACT for Food Allergy: AAFA and MedicAlert Join Forces for National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month

Kids With Food Allergies ·
More than 32 million people in the United States have food allergies. About 5.6 million are children. And children with food allergies are two to four times more likely to have asthma or other allergic diseases. COVID-19 (the new coronavirus) has impacted our food supply, making it harder for people with food allergies to buy safe food. To kick off National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month , the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and the MedicAlert Foundation have partnered to...
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Why You Need to Know How to Use Epinephrine to Treat Food Allergy Reactions

Kids With Food Allergies ·
May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month . May 10-16, 2020, is Food Allergy Awareness Week. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and MedicAlert have teamed up to help you manage your child’s food allergies and prevent severe allergic reactions. (Kids With Food Allergies is a division of AAFA). We’re asking you to “ACT” to manage your child’s allergies: “A” means have an action plan for anaphylaxis. “C” reminds you to carry important medicines and have your child wear...
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Why It's Important to Carry Epinephrine With You Everywhere You Go When You Have Food Allergies

Kids With Food Allergies ·
May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month . May 10-16, 2020, is Food Allergy Awareness Week. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and MedicAlert have teamed up to help you manage your child’s food allergies and prevent severe allergic reactions. (Kids With Food Allergies is a division of AAFA). We’re asking you to “ACT” to manage your child’s allergies: “A” means have an action plan for anaphylaxis. “C” reminds you to carry important medicines and have your child wear...
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Understanding How COVID-19 Could Affect School Health Care Plans for Food Allergies

Kids With Food Allergies ·
We know we can expect physical distancing, extra hand-washing , face masks or coverings , and other policies this school year due to the new coronavirus . As a parent of a child with food allergies, you may also need to make changes to your child’s school health care plan. What Is a School Health Care Plan? A school health care plan is a document (or set of documents) that outlines your child’s food allergy and how it should be managed while at school. A school health care plan can help...
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Re: Preparing for Natural Disasters When Your Family Has Food Allergies

Crazy dragon mama ·
The one thing that's not stated here is children that are seriously allergic to red dye that is in almost all foods, I have kids that are seriously allergic to red dye and made many trips to the emergency room cause of it, I found that really only organic and all natural foods don't have it and that can be really expensive to buy all the time so making your own foods is best for that one.
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Re: Preparing for Natural Disasters When Your Family Has Food Allergies

K8sMom2002 ·
Welcome, @Crazy dragon mama ! You're right that it's really hard to deal with a food allergy to an ingredient that's in many foods. We have other folks who deal with "non Top 8" allergies like your family's on our forums ... why not hop over to our Food and Cooking forum and start a topic to share some of your tips and tricks? I'd definitely be interested in comparing notes!
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Preparing for Natural Disasters When Your Family Has Food Allergies

Kids With Food Allergies ·
You have daily food allergy management down pat.   Two epinephrine auto-injectors go everywhere. The allergist is on speed dial. You know the best local stores and restaurants for safe foods. You've trained babysitters and the staff at school....
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8 Tips to Help Teachers and School Staff Read Food Labels for Food Allergies

Kids With Food Allergies ·
Returning to the classroom during the COVID-19 pandemic may mean new policies, such as eating meals and snacks in the classroom instead of the cafeteria. These new policies may affect how schools handle food allergies. Some policies such as physical distancing, additional handwashing and increased cleaning may help prevent food allergic reactions.
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What Progress Is Being Made to Improve Sesame Labeling?

Kids With Food Allergies ·
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.
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AAFA Releases Asthma Disparities in America Report

Kids With Food Allergies ·
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) released its Asthma Disparities in America report. This report looks at how asthma affects Black, Hispanic and American Indian/Alaska Native groups in the United States. These groups have the highest rates of asthma , hospital visits and asthma-related deaths. People with asthma often have other allergic diseases, like food allergies . Disparities exist in food allergies too. Black children are 7% more likely to have food allergies than...
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Health Insurance Marketplace Resources for Families Managing Food Allergies

Kids With Food Allergies ·
When you manage food allergies, and other conditions like asthma or eczema, health insurance can be very important. But health care can also be confusing. These resources will walk you through the process, answer common questions and help you learn more about health insurance.
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Share Your Allergy Reactions to Sesame With the FDA

Kids With Food Allergies ·
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.
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Read Every Label this Holiday Season

Kids With Food Allergies ·
The holidays are a time of traditions and sharing food. Good food allergy management is especially important when sharing food. It includes reading every label, every time. Ingredients or manufacturing processes can change at any time. Manufacturers are not required to alert shoppers that ingredients or manufacturing processes have changed. The only way to know is to read the entire ingredient statement every time you shop. This is particularly important around the holidays when you may...
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New Bill Would Protect Students With Allergies and Asthma

Kids With Food Allergies ·
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) is asking Congress to support the School-Based Allergies and Asthma Management Program Act (H.R. 2468). If passed, this bill would put important protections in place for children with allergies and asthma. Kids With Food Allergies (KFA) is a division of AAFA.
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Food-Free Ways to Celebrate the Holidays at School

Kids With Food Allergies ·
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.
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Advocacy Update: FDA Moves Forward on Sesame Labeling

Kids With Food Allergies ·
Updates: On Dec. 9, 2020, the Senate passed the Food Allergy Safety, Treatment, Education, and Research Act of 2020, also called the FASTER Act (S. 3451) . This bill expands the definition of major allergens to include sesame and would increase federal funding for food allergy research. Because this Senate version of the bill is slightly different than the House version (H.R. 2117), the House will need to vote on Senate version before it can be signed into law. If passed by the House, the...
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FASTER Act, Which Would Recognize Sesame as a Top Food Allergen, Moves One Step Closer to Becoming Law

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On Dec. 9, 2020, the Senate passed the Food Allergy Safety, Treatment, Education, and Research Act of 2020 , also called the FASTER Act (S. 3451). This vote moves us one step closer to seeing sesame included as a top food allergen. This act would also fund allergy research and more resources for people living with food allergies. More than 1 million people in the U.S are allergic to sesame. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has been advocating for sesame labeling for...
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FDA Issues Warning to Whole Foods Market About Mislabeling of Allergens

KFA News Team ·
The Food and Drug Administration issued a warning letter to a popular grocery chain for repeated food recalls due to undeclared allergens or mislabeled foods. As reported by Consumer Reports, the FDA Says Whole Foods Market Repeatedly Failed To Properly Label Foods With Allergens . Last year, the chain had 32 recalls because foods contained undeclared allergens. The U.S. requires that pre-packaged foods that contain one or more major food allergen must include the plain name of the allergen...
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Fighting for Lights of Hope In a Year of Darkness

Kids With Food Allergies ·
Like many organizations, Kids With Food Allergies (KFA), a division of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) , has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. The food allergy community has been heavily impacted by several events of 2020: The public health emergency and economic recession caused by the COVID-19 pandemic Reduced production of allergy-friendly foods and food labeling changes due to the pandemic Record-breaking wildfires and health impacts related to natural disasters...
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Congress Passes School-Based Allergies and Asthma Management Program Act

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Updates: It's official! On Jan. 5, 2021, the president signed the School-Based Allergies and Asthma Management Program Act into law. Thank you to our community. Your efforts helped to get this bill signed into law, which will help thousands of students with asthma and allergies and their families nationwide. AAFA Celebrates Major Advocacy Win! Congress Passes School-Based Allergies and Asthma Management Program Act, H.R. 2468 Law gives greater protections and resources to students with...
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