Congratulations to 6-year-old Zayden. He is our first My First Day of School Photo winner! All of the entries are precious and show off some pretty remarkable kids who happen to live with food allergies. - Ashley (Zayden's Mom) We're randomly selecting winners each week until September 25, so be sure to add your photo !
Congratulations to our second winner Evan! Evan is allergic to peanuts and egg. He is one of four kids in his class of 18 who live with severe food allergies. I feel fortunate that his teacher and his school take food allergies seriously and work hard to keep all the students safe without excluding them. Evan’s food allergies never slow him down! - Shaunna (Evan's Mom) There is still time to enter, so be sure to add your photo !
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?
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...
Thanks for this piece!! I'm in search of any materials that help make ending the classroom birthday treat more palatable to parents & staff that are still undereducated when it comes to the reality of children living with life threatening allergies.
Absolutely! AAFA/KFA is a big supporter of No Appetite for Bullying , a campaign to raise awareness about food allergy bullying . And please join in on our School Age, Tweens, and Teens forum to share ideas about how to help kids at school!
Congrats to our third winner, Layla! Layla is allergic to peanuts, treenuts, dairy, sesame and shellfish. She is a wonderful self-advocate and is very protective of her little brother, Dylan, who also has food allergies. Food allergies don't stop me from doing great things or being me!- Layla
Congratulations to our final winners! Matthew, age 6, is allergic to eggs, chicken, turkey, peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish . Matthew and his Minion are ready for a safe and successful school year. Emmie is starting Kinder and is allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, flaxseed. Emmie is doing so well in her private Christian school thanks to very supportive teachers, administrators, school nurse, and classmates. I was worried about her starting school with all of her allergies but the...
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!
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.
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.
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...
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.
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...
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...
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.
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.
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...
Misty - this particular blog post was about pb&j options since pb&j is often a popular thing to pack for school lunches and it is also quite messy! We have had posts in the past about all kinds of options for various allergies. For more ideas, check out our recipe database - http://www.kidswithfoodallergi...ge/recipes-diet.aspx
Yes, it was about PB&J but "no PB- take a bunch of cheese and dairy" is a constant thing. It's advice everywhere and always frustrating. Parents share things like this and everybody proudly shows up PB free but still deadly to kids with the most common childhood allergen. I know you do a lot of other posts with things, I appreciate this site and didn't mean it to be ungrateful. It would just be nice if the back to school "don't do nuts" posts were chosen to be lighter on other common...
Thank you for that feedback @mistysue . It can be very frustrating when the focus is on peanuts, but your kids are allergic to other things that are common as well. That used to frustrate me when my kids were younger - we had to avoid peanuts in their classroom, but all the alternatives were issues for my kids (dairy, egg, corn). We strive to make our food and recipe blogs accessible to everyone, but that's not always possible. For instance, top-8 free recipes are not always useful for those...
@Kathy P I always appreciate education or even mentioning common allergens. I've had a number of allergy free families point out to me that their dairy item or egg item is nut free. I've had people insist items are "safe" to my son when they contain 2 or 3 of his allergens. My son is top 8 except finned fish plus some so it's an endless conversation with people who are trying to be considerate and honestly don't understand that allergies outside of nuts can be dangerous. The constant focus...
Thanks for the feedback - I can totally understand about the subtle language. So sorry to hear about the recent reactions. How are you holding up after that? How is your son doing? It can take time to "decompress" and get back to "normal" again after a reaction. And even harder after 2 in succession. We have an After the Epi where members can share their story and get support from others who have been there.
DS has ana dairy and a few others, plus a few other allergic conditions that complicate reactions- I hear you on the "nut" focus, when a split cup of milk, or smear of ice cream, or infants with milk bottles would give me a heart attack. I get that feeling from dealing with allergies in general- that everyone is so in tune with nuts. I hope you'll stick around for the forum support- it's unbeatable- and many of us have a top 8 plus more to avoid- in ourselves as well as children.
It’s a fantastic activity. Thanks a lot for sharing all photos here. I am very much inspired to use this idea in my Phoenix kindergarten class. Wondering if there is a free printable for this activity as things would have been quite easy then.
Question: With food allergies and an epi pen, with unknown reactions, when do you do a 504 versus an individual health plan? Almost everyone on here seems to swear by the 504 and some say that's not enough. Im quite confused. I am a teacher and I pay attention to all health notes. I know 504 plans have legal teeth, but what exactly does that mean in terms of reality? I know the only thing we all want to do is keep our kids safe.
Questions: At what grade can you have a 504 plan / IEP? Can you only have one starting in Kindergarten? Does it matter how the school is funded? i.e. are certain 'types' of school covered by Section 504 vs. others?
Question 1: Are parents legally entitled to be at the evaluation meeting for the initial 504? Do they have a right to speak or add input beyond the documentation they provide? Question 2: If the school or school system declares your child NOT eligible for a 504, what appeals rights do you have?
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