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Back-to-School: A Week of Egg-Free Lunch Box Ideas

KFA Food Bloggers ·
Check any lunch box and you will find egg-laden baked goods and mayo on sandwiches and salads. Avoiding eggs doesn't have to mean dry sandwiches! Don't pack another boring egg-free lunch until you check out our yummy ideas!   Photo credit:...
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About Section 504 Plans for Students with Food Allergy (Video and Resources)

Kids With Food Allergies ·
Attorney Laurel Francoeur answers questions from parents about Section 504 Plans for school accommodations of food allergy disability. This webinar was presented by Kids With Food Allergies, a division of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America...
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Partner With Your School to Promote Teal Classrooms This Halloween

Kids With Food Allergies ·
We've updated our Teal Classroom™ Kit! Learn more about raising food allergy awareness in the classroom and download your own copy . Did you know that 45% of severe allergic reactions in schools begin in the classroom? 1 About 20-25% of allergic reactions requiring epinephrine in schools occur without a prior history of food allergy. 2 Many schools are moving away from celebrating holidays with food in the classroom. If your school chooses to celebrate Halloween, partner with key school...
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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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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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Re: Why the Weatherford, Texas, School Board’s Anaphylaxis Policy Is a Bad Idea

SBilliel ·
This is a scary situation. Thank you for your advocacy!
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Re: Why the Weatherford, Texas, School Board’s Anaphylaxis Policy Is a Bad Idea

SLeahy ·
This is such BS. It takes a school nurse 30 minutes to train staff. More is better, but that is all they need to know how to use the auto-injector. On top of that, if they choose to supply with Auvi-Q the auto-injector has audible instructions when you pull the cap to walk anyone through how to use it. They are worried about being on the hook for an unnecessary hospital visit, but is the potential death of a student really worth the risk?
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Re: Why the Weatherford, Texas, School Board’s Anaphylaxis Policy Is a Bad Idea

RW ·
My kiddo is in this school district and having interacted with these schools I'm guessing the problem is more complex than the article has let on. The following is my speculation as a parent. The reason given in the article "The Weatherford Independent School District says they feel that they can’t have someone trained to give an epinephrine auto-injector during all times the school is open." Isn't just regarding the inconvenience of training - all the teachers and admins go through the...
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Kisses, Candies and Parties: Talk with Your Food-Allergic Child to Prevent Allergy Emergencies

Kids With Food Allergies ·
Valentine's Day can bring kisses, cards with candy attached and party treats - Will you be talking with your child or teen with food allergies about how to stay safe for Valentine's Day? Open communication about avoiding allergic triggers and being...
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Food Allergy School Health Plans: 504 vs IHCP (Video and Resources)

Kids With Food Allergies ·
Kids With Food Allergies (KFA)  , a division of the  Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America hosted a free educational webinar on January 14, 2014 featuring guest speaker Laurel Francoeur, Esq,  co-founder of Greenlaurel Solutions,...
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Re: Nutrition and Food Safety for Students with Food Allergies (Video and Resources)

Kids With Food Allergies ·
We'd like to thank our guest speakers for volunteering their time and expertise with us. We'd also like to thank Mylan Specialty for providing an unrestricted educational grant that allows us to host these webinars; and we thank Enjoy Life Foods for providing giveaway prizes. Dayle Hayes, MS, RD is president of Nutrition for the Future and advocates for healthy kids, schools and communities. She is an award-winning author and educator. Her creativity and common-sense have made her a...
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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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Non-Cupcake Classroom Birthday Celebration Idea

Kids With Food Allergies ·
Earlier this week, Zarah Slay shared a Juice Box Robot picture on KFA's Facebook page.  We shared it with our fans and Marcella Rolwes took the idea, altered it to be safe for her daughter and shared it with us today.  Introducing Perry the...
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Raising a Well-Adjusted Child Who Takes Food Allergies in Stride

Kids With Food Allergies ·
  1/15/2013 -- This free online class was presented by Kids With Food Allergies Foundation as part of our educational outreach program. Our guest speaker was food allergy author Linda Coss. Dr. Michael Pistiner was our representative from...
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My First Day of School with Food Allergies

Kids With Food Allergies ·
My First Day of School with Food Allergies Photo-Sharing Event: At the end of each day this week, we will select a random winner to receive a gift package from our event sponsor, Applegate. To participate, you must login or register for our online...
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2013 Food Allergy Webinar Series Highlights

Kids With Food Allergies ·
OUR EDUCATIONAL WEBINAR SERIES TEACHES PRACTICAL FOOD ALLERGY MANAGEMENT The mission of Kids With Food Allergies is to improve the day-to-day lives of families raising children with food allergies and empower them to create a safe and healthy future...
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A Review of State School Policies for Protecting Kids with Allergies and Asthma

Kids With Food Allergies ·
Kids With Food Allergies (KFA) hosted a free educational webinar on September 10, 2013 featuring guest speakers Charlotte Collins, JD, VP of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), and Michael Pistiner, MD, MMSc, co-founder of...
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Creating Wellness Policies That Are Safer for Students with Food Allergy

Kids With Food Allergies ·
We are looking out for children with food allergies in schools!  We recently filed a formal comment on the federal government's proposal to improve wellness at school. Our bottom line:  Schools should develop policies that make schools...
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Which States Made the Grade on Protecting Students with Asthma and Food Allergies?

Kids With Food Allergies ·
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America and its food allergy division, Kids With Food Allergies (KFA), hosted a free webinar on August 12, 2014 featuring guest speakers Charlotte Collins, JD and Michael Pistiner, MD. The presentation below...
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Re: Back-to-School: A Week of Wheat-Free Alternatives for Lunch

HelenDamon ·
Steph - that's a good point - about prioritising health issues (food allergies over cancer risk). I still am uneasy of introducing another health risk into my son's life, however. My son has 8 food allergies that we know of so far including wheat and potatoes, EoE plus environmental and I have several food involving severe anaphylactic responses to soy and shellfish and all seafood and many environmental allergies as well we both have autoimmune issues. I will look at the Safe Eats...
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Jen ·
Hugs Helen~. I can certainly understand the cancer concern as my husband is a lung cancer survivor. We also balance 4 kids (1 of whom is autistic with many developmental delays), food allergies, etc. I don't worry overly much re things like junk food, lunch meat etc. My kids all eat fruit and veggies, whole wheat stuff, things like salmon, etc. For my peace of mind, I have to pick and choose my battles. Anyway, do check out our resources, forums, etc.
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Re: Back-to-School: A Week of Wheat-Free Alternatives for Lunch

Kids With Food Allergies ·
Hugs Helen - our life experiences and personal medical history can also effect our priorities. We all do what we feel is right and just hope we've done due diligence and made the best choice. Please check out our forums (here is our GI disorders forum ) and recipes collection . If you see a recipe that looks promising, we can usually help to find substitutes and "healthier" versions of things. We are here to support you where ever you are along your journey.
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Chamomile ·
Yup. For instance, I am all about environmental safety and recycling and such, but for two years when I had small children, was a single mom and had no dishwasher, I bought an obscene amount of paper plates and cups, rather than having to face a huge mound of festering dishes that I simply could not face. Do I think it was the healthiest and most ecologically-sound option? Nope. Would I recommend it to another mom going through the same thing? Absolutely. Regarding processed meats, I...
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Re: Back-to-School: A Week of Wheat-Free Alternatives for Lunch

HelenDamon ·
Some simple ideas but I am confused as why you are suggesting parents give their kids processed lunch meats, pepperoni, etc. These processed meats often contain wheat as filler and are filled with carcinogenic nitrates. Even if you find a wheat free pepperoni or lunch meat, they are still full of unhealthy levels of sodium and fat. I can't believe a health professional is actually pushing lunch meat as a healthy lunch!
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Jen ·
As always, read labels to ensure the food is safe for your allergy set. Yes, some of these do include processed lunch meat. While not the healthiest, it is a good protein source and everything in moderation. These lunches are paired with veggies and fruit, so a good balance overall imo.
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HelenDamon ·
I disagree with idea that a twice weekly consumption of pepperoni or salami for a child is "moderate". Find me a pediatric oncologist who would recommend such a diet. And look at the American and Canadian Cancer societies for nutritional advice - both advise to avoid these foods.
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Allison ·
We all have to do what is best for our own families. For instance, my son is allergic to various foods that other kids take for routinely might take for lunch (eggs, dairy) as well as peanuts, tree nuts - and the sesame and mustard allergy rules out most forms of sausage, salami, and other kinds of lunch meat, unless it is a special brand (read: pricey). For a child with few protein options who can't have it, they often want it. It doesn't mean I would let him eat it every day even if he...
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Re: Back-to-School: A Week of Wheat-Free Alternatives for Lunch

Kids With Food Allergies ·
We're sorry that you are finding the lunch alternatives unhealthy. We try to appeal to a wide range of parents and realize that everyone needs to make decisions based on their family's needs including prep time and cost. With that in mind, healthy often translates to "safe" foods. There are healthier versions - low fat, low sodium, uncured meats.
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StephC ·
Helen, what allergies are you managing? I will state up front that the immediate tasks of avoiding our many allergens and filling my 4 kids' bellies 3+ x/day while educating them and running a household, plus manging a tight budget and maintaining my sanity, are always going to get priority over strict adherence to best practices for cancer avoidance. The perfect can be the enemy of the good, sometimes. Parenting kids with food allergies is a daily dip in the puddle of stress. I think we can...
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Re: Back-to-School: A Week of PB&J Alternatives for Lunch

Dinamet7 ·
There's a few Instagram accounts that post nut free lunches for inspiration too. Check out @allergybento on Instagram or the hashtag #nutfree and #allergyfriendly for ideas.
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Re: Non-Cupcake Classroom Birthday Celebration Idea

Bustermonkey ·
That is a cute idea. However, please remember anytime we offer food to our child's classmates we risk allergies. My youngest daughters is allergic to Yellow 5 (which is found in almost all applesauce brands - except the all natural). If she were to eat this snack, she would have a very severe rash for the remainder of the day. Most of us send snacks that avoid peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, milk, wheat. But, allergies come in many different forms. For classroom birthdays, I always avoid food.
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MAM-mom ·
Hi Bustermonkey, you make a good point. There are also children who are allergic to apples, so even the natural applesauces would be an issue. I think the thing to consider, whatever the occasion, is who is the audience, and what are the specific allergies people are dealing with. With obesity and allergies such a concern across America, I applaud using fruit as a treat, but only if it is safe for the intended audience. Non-food treats are also a great choice.
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Re: My First Day of School with Food Allergies

Char Maine ·
Yes with the iPhone or iPad app
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Re: My First Day of School with Food Allergies

Kids With Food Allergies ·
I have the app on iPhone, but I think it is the same for iPad. Using our iOS app, you click CLIPS. Then select the Clip Set (My First Day of School). At the top right is a + sign. Click that to add your photo. At that poi nt, you can either Take a Photo or Browse Your Photos. I clicked Browse. It opened up my camera roll and then I selected the photo I wanted to add. Now for those using mobile access (e.g. using your phone's browser), you will need to log in first before you can add a clip.
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Re: My First Day of School with Food Allergies

Kids With Food Allergies ·
This event is open for all kids with food allergies, it isn't just for those entering kindergarten! If you just re-entered school, and have food allergies, share your first day picture!
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Re: My First Day of School with Food Allergies

Nicurn75 ·
Is there a way to post a picture from an iPhone or iPad?
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Re: Potential Food Allergens in Preschool, School, Camp Crafts and Activities

welchmane ·
Great resource for teachers! Things that the average person would not think about.
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Re: Potential Food Allergens in Preschool, School, Camp Crafts and Activities

Melanie P ·
Wow! This is great! I will be sharing this with my children's school and our church's children's ministry team. Thank you for gathering this information.
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Re: Potential Food Allergens in Preschool, School, Camp Crafts and Activities

Sharon Smith ·
Hello, I am new to the group and I am helping my little girl who is 6 yrs old. Who has allergies to the following Eggs-Cow Milk- Soy-Wheat. does anybody have any suggestions about what bread she may have and where to find this! Thank You!! Sharon
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Re: Potential Food Allergens in Preschool, School, Camp Crafts and Activities

cheymom ·
Sharon! We are glad you found us!! You will find more suggestions for bread on our forums. I posted your question on our main support forum so you can find more suggestions. Here is a link to the post. Feel free to post and introduce yourself. http://community.kidswithfooda...eggs-milk-andamp-soy I believe EnerG makes bread free of your dd's allergens. I have heard good things about the tapioca bread & the rice bread. Melanie
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Jen ·
Welcome Sharon. . You might also like our food & cooking forum.
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Re: Potential Food Allergens in Preschool, School, Camp Crafts and Activities

SavaayMOM ·
May I post this guide on my blog or would you prefer I post the link? I want to spread the word about your organization as well as inform people directly because I have met so many people who seem to feel as if they have to reinvent the wheel of resources. Thank you for creating these lists.
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Kathy P ·
It's best to post a link back to the one here. That way the latest version will always be available. Thanks for wanting to share it!
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Re: Potential Food Allergens in Preschool, School, Camp Crafts and Activities

JWalker2 ·
I am a teacher and have NEVER thought about this until now. My 20 month old has severe egg allergies so researching allergy information has become my new habit. I have printed this list and will share it with his teachers and keep one for my own classroom.
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Re: Potential Food Allergens in Preschool, School, Camp Crafts and Activities

cheymom ·
Welcome JWalker2! We are glad you found us. This list is a great thing for teachers. I always share a copy with my son's teachers and I supply a copy for his 504 plan. Teachers are always amazed at the places where food can hide! Be sure and join us over on the Babies, Toddlers & Preschoolers forum. http://community.kidswithfooda...oddlers_preschoolers
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Re: Potential Food Allergens in Preschool, School, Camp Crafts and Activities

SavaayMOM ·
This post and all the comments are one of the reasons that KFA has been voted as a TopRated Nonprofit. We are so fortunate for all that you provide and I endeavor to spread the word to help all families with food allergies. We are in this together. Already airlines have made changes since we flew to CA last summer - Delta was quite accommodating to let up pre-board and wipe down our seating area but United gave us a slight hassle until I spoke with a supervisor. It is heartening to learn...
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Re: 2013 Food Allergy Webinar Series Highlights

Melanie Carver ·
Each webinar video is approximately one-hour long. I recommend picking out a few topics and watching some of these during the winter break. There is a lot of great information in these videos for parents, grandparents, teachers, school nurses, and support group leaders.
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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