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Re: Two First Days

Kathy P ·
Very cute - and congrats on skipping to 1st grade! Welcome to KFA - don't forget to check out our community forums and let us know how we can help!
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Re: Dodgie

Jen ·
Great pic! Glad to hear he's doing so well managing all of those fa's with school and sports. That's awesome! Head on over to our forums. Let us know how food allergies affect you.
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Re: Creating Lasting Food Allergy Awareness at School: A How-To Guide

Elmochicka ·
this was alot of help for me i will be speaking with my daughters school tomorrow
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Re: Creating Lasting Food Allergy Awareness at School: A How-To Guide

Kathy P ·
Glad it was helpful and good luck tomorrow!
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Re: Food Allergy To-Do List Before School Ends for Summer Break

chicagojo ·
Great suggestions! Thanks for the reminders!
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Re: First Day of School Photos for Kids with Food Allergies

Kids With Food Allergies ·
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 !
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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: First Day of School Photos for Kids with Food Allergies

Kids With Food Allergies ·
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 !
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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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Re: Facebook Live Chat: Back to School With Food Allergies

Kids With Food Allergies ·
If you were unable to join us live, or just want to watch again, the video is available on our @Kids With Food Allergies Facebook page.
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Re: Tips for Managing Food Allergies at School: Get Active With Food-Free Activities

KtO ·
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.
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Re: Tips for Managing Food Allergies at School: Get Active With Food-Free Activities

Jen ·
Hi kto, Welcome to posting. What food allergies do you manage?
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Re: Tips for Managing Food Allergies at School: Get Active With Food-Free Activities

KtO ·
Although My daughter has a long list of allergies, her life threatening allergens are peanut, pistachio & cashew.
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Re: You have to be tough to live with food allergies!

K8sMom2002 ·
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!
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Re: You have to be tough to live with food allergies!

Momofthree ·
I agree, you do have to be tough! Thanks for sharing!
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Re: Creating Lasting Food Allergy Awareness at School: A How-To Guide

LSK ·
Thank you! I love all these great ideas!
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Re: Back-to-School: A Week of Egg-Free Lunch Box Ideas

Will Way ·
thanks for the ideas! My son announced this morning that he is tired of sandwiches. I think I will make the quesadilla for lunch tomorrow!
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Re: Back-to-School: A Week of Egg-Free Lunch Box Ideas

Kathy P ·
We really don't do sandwiches here at all...
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Re: Back-to-School: A Week of Egg-Free Lunch Box Ideas

Will Way ·
My son was loving homemade bread with sunbutter and jelly, but he hit his limits I guess. �� At least we just have one more month of school.
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Re: First Day of School Photos for Kids with Food Allergies

Kids With Food Allergies ·
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
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Re: First Day of School Photos for Kids with Food Allergies

Kids With Food Allergies ·
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...
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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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Re: Back-to-School: A Week of Wheat-Free Alternatives for Lunch

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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Re: Back-to-School: A Week of Wheat-Free Alternatives for Lunch

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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Re: Back-to-School: A Week of Wheat-Free Alternatives for Lunch

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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Re: Back-to-School: A Week of Wheat-Free Alternatives for Lunch

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 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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Re: Back-to-School: A Week of Wheat-Free Alternatives for Lunch

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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Re: Back-to-School: A Week of Wheat-Free Alternatives for Lunch

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 PB&J Alternatives for Lunch

mistysue ·
You are "kids with food allergies" not "kids with nut allergies" it would be cool if you posted items that steer clear of most top allergens or at least the most common childhood allergens.
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Re: Back-to-School: A Week of PB&J Alternatives for Lunch

Jen ·
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
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Re: Back-to-School: A Week of PB&J Alternatives for Lunch

mistysue ·
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...
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Re: Back-to-School: A Week of PB&J Alternatives for Lunch

Jen ·
Fair enough. . I encourage you to post on our support forums. Let us know about your challenges with school, etc. https://community.kidswithfood...l_and_food_allergies
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Re: Back-to-School: A Week of PB&J Alternatives for Lunch

Kathy P ·
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...
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Re: Back-to-School: A Week of PB&J Alternatives for Lunch

mistysue ·
@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...
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Re: Back-to-School: A Week of PB&J Alternatives for Lunch

Kathy P ·
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.
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Re: Back-to-School: A Week of PB&J Alternatives for Lunch

Monster Mom ·
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.
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Re: Kindergarten Teacher Turns Food Allergies Into a Teachable Moment

Amdor_6 ·
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.
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Re: Kindergarten Teacher Turns Food Allergies Into a Teachable Moment

Kathy P ·
If you click on the images of the activity sheets, they are a PDF download.
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Re: Free Community Chat: Ask Me Anything About Back-to-School with Food Allergies

DeannaAbby ·
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.
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Re: Free Community Chat: Ask Me Anything About Back-to-School with Food Allergies

Katie D ·
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?
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Re: Free Community Chat: Ask Me Anything About Back-to-School with Food Allergies

K8sMom2002 ·
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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Re: Free Community Chat: Ask Me Anything About Back-to-School with Food Allergies

Allergicmamaof3 ·
If your child is part of the Headstart federal preschool program what are the guidelines regarding bringing their own food. What can you do if they will not allow outside food.
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Re: Free Community Chat: Ask Me Anything About Back-to-School with Food Allergies

K8sMom2002 ·
What are tips to get past an impasse with school officials on initial accommodations?
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Re: Free Community Chat: Ask Me Anything About Back-to-School with Food Allergies

Allergicmamaof3 ·
What is the best way to handle "frustration" from other parents when your child's accommodations inconvenience other parents or they are disgruntled about them?
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Re: Free Community Chat: Ask Me Anything About Back-to-School with Food Allergies

Will Way ·
How does the chat event work? Do I have to sign up ahead of time?
 
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