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Stocking Epinephrine in Schools: What You Need to Know (Video & Resources)

Kids With Food Allergies ·
On April 30, 2013, Kids With Food Allergies Foundation (KFA) hosted a free webinar in partnership with the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) with guest speakers Charlotte Collins, JD, and Michael Pistiner, MD, MMSc. We thank them...
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Study: Novel Nasal Epinephrine Shows Comparable Absorption to Auto-Injector

Kids With Food Allergies ·
A study investigating a nasally-delivered, needle-free form of epinephrine demonstrated that it was readily absorbed and is comparable to EpiPen(R).   The new product is expected to enter clinical trials in 2014.  ...
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Study Shows How ERs Can Improve Care For Children With Anaphylaxis

Kids With Food Allergies ·
Children going to an emergency room for severe allergic reactions received more comprehensive treatment when staff followed formal care guidelines, according to a new study.     Specifically, they were more likely to receive epinephrine for...
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Study Shows Increased Anxiety for Parents of Children Allergic to Milk and Eggs

Kids With Food Allergies ·
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (June 26, 2014) - It's tough being the parent of a child with food allergies. Constant vigilance is needed for everything your child eats, when a single food item containing a hidden ingredient can be fatal. Although worry is a...
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Re: KFA's School Webinar with Dr. Michael Pistiner

BeautAlert ·
I enjoyed the July 31st webinar! It was very informative. I do disagree with one point. He stated that a small study showed that only a rash occurred with peanut butter spread on an allergic child's skin. My child has had hives and swelling with just skin contact....Many times. For example; After a kiss on the cheek by someone who just ate a PBJ, my child had a face full of hives and swollen lips. After sitting next to a child eating peanuts, she had hives all over her body, and a runny...
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Re: KFA's School Webinar with Dr. Michael Pistiner

Lynda ·
Hello and thank you for attending our webinar and for your comments. We have another school-focused webinar tomorrow - this time a panel discussion with two allergists and 4 school nurses. I will forward your question to them for a response.
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Re: KFA's School Webinar with Dr. Michael Pistiner

BeautAlert ·
Thank you! I am signed up for it, and I am looking forward to it! My daughter just started Kindergarten, and we are trying to figure out where she should sit at lunch etc. I appreciate all that you do. This is very timely for us! Thanks!
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Re: If Allergic to One Food, Do You Have to Avoid Related Foods?

Jacci Madden Boechler ·
Interested to see if anyone has information on two foods not related eg. peanuts and cotton seed oil. From what I have been reading cotton seed oil has the same weight and molecular structure as peanuts.
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Re: Join Our Free Online Class Jan 15th: Raising Well-Adjusted Children Who Have Life-Threatening Food Allergies

Lynda ·
Webinar starts today at 2 p.m. Eastern Time. Register now - it's free to attend. REGISTER NOW Originally Posted by Kids With Food Allergies Foundation: REGISTER NOW - It's free! Linda Coss is author of several food allergy books, is a former food allergy support group leader, and is the mother of a son (a recent college graduate) who has multiple life-threatening food allergies. She will inspire you! This free online class is presented by Kids With Food Allergies Foundation as part of our...
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Re: If Allergic to One Food, Do You Have to Avoid Related Foods?

Iumom ·
Very interesting information. It makes a lot of sense. My kids both have pollen allergies and both have had reactions/sensitivities to some fruits and pine nuts.
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Re: Raising a Well-Adjusted Child Who Takes Food Allergies in Stride

SandyT ·
My daughter has a life threatening nut allergy. She is 12 andhas extreme anxiety because of it. Is there a forum or blog for her that she herself can talk to others same ay have some of the same feelings. If not, is there a way to create one?
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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: Raising a Well-Adjusted Child Who Takes Food Allergies in Stride

janmumx4 ·
Sounds like a good idea, but I'm not sure my son (12) would participate ! I can imagine more girls wanting to though.Look at it this way, how many dads do we see on the forums One other thing I'm not sure about is would the kids be able to see our posts ? i think they might not be too happy about some of the things we say about them at times, could find it embarrassing
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SandyT ·
I thought I would see more comments from other parents who may have children have similar feelings. I would be interested in helping set this up. Is there a phone number I could contact you at so we could talk live.
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Re: Raising a Well-Adjusted Child Who Takes Food Allergies in Stride

cheymom ·
Hi Sandy! I encourage you to post on the Support Forums here at KFA. There are a lot of parents here with similar feelings. Here is the link to the main forum: http://community.kidswithfooda...rum/forum/main_forum I believe there were over 800 parents on the webinar so I am sure you will find some here on the KFA forums.
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Re: Raising a Well-Adjusted Child Who Takes Food Allergies in Stride

SandyT ·
Thank you. I just posted something and also found a lot of other helpful topics to read up on. Thank you!
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Re: Got Kids With Food Allergies? Tips for Babysitters, Parties, Playdates

Kids With Food Allergies ·
There is still time to register and join us for this great topic!
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Re: Got Kids With Food Allergies? Tips for Babysitters, Parties, Playdates

cheymom ·
Parties, Play Dates, Babysitters: How to Transition Care for Children with Food Allergies - Watch the video at: http://community.kidswithfooda...sthash.2RGlgtLi.dpuf
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Re: The Future of Food Allergy: Developing New Treatments

LinzStein ·
Great overview! KFA- is there any additional info about the use of Allergen non-specific therapies for EoE? What about accupressure or homeopathics? Thank you!
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Re: The Future of Food Allergy: Developing New Treatments

Kathy P ·
I haven't seen anything specific regarding those. You could check in the News & Research forum.
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Re: Dining Out with Food Allergies (Video & Resources)

Erin@SafeSoundFamily ·
Great resource, thank you so much! Dining out with even minor food allergies can be absolutely daunting.
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Re: People with Peanut / Tree Nut Allergies Can Minimize Risk of Reactions on Airplane Flights

Bea ·
I just wanted to add that I just booked a flight from the USA to Europe with KLM (Dutch Airline) operated by Delta. After purchasing our tickets I called up Delta to notify them about my 3 years old son's peanut/tree nut and dog allergies and I asked what their policy was to accomodate us. Just like on Air Canada, they ensured me they will create a 3-row buffer zone in front and behind us. They will not serve any nuts to these passengers. Good to know!
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Re: People with Peanut / Tree Nut Allergies Can Minimize Risk of Reactions on Airplane Flights

JessHK ·
In addition to taking common-sense precautions and increasing communication with flight crew during reactions, the study also seems to reinforce another critical need: to educate allergic individuals and their families/caregivers more effectively around how and when to use the EpiPen. Underutilization of EpiPen is not only a problem in the air, but also on the ground. Education can reduce anxiety (i.e. by shifting some of the focus from the problem onto a "solution") and lead to more...
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Re: People with Peanut / Tree Nut Allergies Can Minimize Risk of Reactions on Airplane Flights

jmw ·
Southwest allows early boarding for airborne peanut allergies- enough time for you to go and wipe down the seats and trays before everyone else gets on. They also avoid actually serving peanuts on the flight- they gave cookies and crackers instead.
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Re: People with Peanut / Tree Nut Allergies Can Minimize Risk of Reactions on Airplane Flights

HowdyY'all ·
I have been on several Delta Airline flights recently where they announced that peanuts would not be served due to a fellow passenger's peanut allergy.
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Re: People with Peanut / Tree Nut Allergies Can Minimize Risk of Reactions on Airplane Flights

cheymom ·
Welcome to KFA! We are glad you found us! We hope you will join us on the Support Forums!
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Re: Dining Out with Food Allergies (Video & Resources)

Kids With Food Allergies ·
About the Speakers Sloane Miller, food allergy advocate, author and life coach, is founder and President of Allergic Girl Resources, Inc., a consultancy devoted to food allergy awareness. Ms. Miller was born with food allergies and developed asthma and environmental allergies as a child. She consults with private clients, the healthcare, food and hospitality industries, government and not-for-profit advocacy organizations. Ms. Miller earned her Master of Social Work at the New York...
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Re: If Allergic to One Food, Do You Have to Avoid Related Foods?

Kara Bidden-Hackman ·
My daughter is allergic to cow's milk, egg, peanut and tree nut. She is 5 years old and has eaten apples (raw or cooked) without any issue for years. Last spring/summer she started complaining of itchy mouth after eating apples (in raw form). She ate them all winter (raw or cooked) with no issue. This spring started with more intense complaints of itchy mouth and itchy skin (no visible hives) after eating raw apples. Her IgE blood work was positive for apples (lower value, yet positive).
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Re: If Allergic to One Food, Do You Have to Avoid Related Foods?

cheymom ·
Hi Kara! That sounds like Oral Allergy Syndrome to me. My dd has OAS. I would consult with your allergist to see if cooked apples are okay or if you should avoid.
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Re: People with Peanut / Tree Nut Allergies Can Minimize Risk of Reactions on Airplane Flights

Francine Hezrony ·
What about allergic reaction due to airborne peanut protein? The Epipen works for a short duration until emergency room medical treatment can be given. What is your opinion for a long flight?
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Re: People with Peanut / Tree Nut Allergies Can Minimize Risk of Reactions on Airplane Flights

Kathy P ·
Francine....I'll see if I can flag someone down to get a response for you....
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Re: People with Peanut / Tree Nut Allergies Can Minimize Risk of Reactions on Airplane Flights

Mahbahlih ·
Hi Francine. In our case, our allergist told us always carry 2 Epipens at all times - every day. When we fly, we are supposed to carry 3 Epipens, Benadryl, and liquid Prednisone (steroids). In the event of an in-air anaphylaxis we were directed to give our son his Epipen and wait a few minutes. If he was recovering, we were to give him his first dose of steroids (since that is what he'd do if we came to the ER after giving the Epipen). In the event the first Epipen didn't resolve the...
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Re: People with Peanut / Tree Nut Allergies Can Minimize Risk of Reactions on Airplane Flights

Mahbahlih ·
In addition, I highly recommend checking out pages 62-64 of "Food Allergy for Dummies" by Dr. Wood. It speaks exactly to what you are asking. You can read it online at Google Books (linked below). I don't know if you are familiar with the book or not. I don't care for the name, but the content is awesome. ...
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Re: People with Peanut / Tree Nut Allergies Can Minimize Risk of Reactions on Airplane Flights

Kids With Food Allergies ·
Hi Francine, A good approach would be for you to discuss this with your child's allergist in advance of the plane trip and see if your child's emergency care plan needs to be updated for the flight and the trip away from home. You might need to carry more epinephrine autoinjectors, for instance, based upon what your allergist will recommend.
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Re: If Allergic to One Food, Do You Have to Avoid Related Foods?

eskimomama4 ·
I am 43, and have some form of Oral Allergy Syndrome. I get small itchy blisters on my lips, roof of mouth, and down my throat, if I eat fresh fruit that you can eat the skin. This started about 8-9 years ago. I can't eat fresh apples, grapes, strawberries, peaches, etc. If you have to peel it, I can eat it. But I'm not allergic to the fruit itself. I can eat most frozen fruits, but not peaches. I believe its the pesticides used on the fruit. I've tried organic, and I get the same reaction.
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Re: If Allergic to One Food, Do You Have to Avoid Related Foods?

camenae ·
My son has OAS with apples. His reaction did not occur immediately, but rather almost 12 hours later. I took a picture of his reaction and showed his allergist. Allergist agreed it was definitely OAS. Apparently his reaction was NOT common in that it took so long to show. Just something to think about...
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Kathy P ·
Interesting possibility Eskimomama. My daughter has OAS and reacts differently to different varieties of the same fruit. Sometimes she can eat more, sometimes very little before she feels the reaction. Since it's a cross reactivity to the pollens, it seems to correlate with when the pollen is high or her overall allergy load is high (d/t environmental issues in general). But she reacts to conventional and organic. She seems to be able to eat dried fruits but we haven't really tried frozen.
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Katie Colebrook-Smith ·
Wow and THANKYOU I'm not mad or sooking. I starred getting itchy after eating fresh fruit and veg 7 years ago when pregnant, but midwife shurged it off as one of those things. And still have issues now. Had linked it to my reaction to pollens but that's all. So nice to see a reconised reason to what I feel.
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Re: If Allergic to One Food, Do You Have to Avoid Related Foods?

Mahbahlih ·
Katie, welcome to KFA. So glad the blog could be helpful to you. It's always nice to see things in writing that confirm our suspicions or solve mysteries!
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Re: If Allergic to One Food, Do You Have to Avoid Related Foods?

Mahbahlih ·
Eskimomama4, having any type of food or environmental reaction is inconvenient and frustrating to say the least. I hope it gives you some comfort to know it's actually very common with OAS to react to the skin of fruit but not the peeled fruit inside. Regarding peach, it's a different little beast. According to FARRP because the peach allergen is "heat-stable and highly concentrated under the fruit skin" they recommend avoidance all together. Meaning, sadly, you can't peel it and enjoy like...
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Re: If Allergic to One Food, Do You Have to Avoid Related Foods?

Mahbahlih ·
Eskimomama, another thought I had was regarding the geographic area in which you live. Chances are you live in an area where there is little or no (for example) birch pollen but the store bought varieties come from regions where there is. Sounds like you should stick to local fruits for sure. Just a thought.
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Re: People with Peanut / Tree Nut Allergies Can Minimize Risk of Reactions on Airplane Flights

Lisa ·
I would recommend wiping down the whole seating area, not just the tray table. I would also bring all my own food. I think it is great if airlines are offering peanut or nut-free flights but I think there 35,000 feet isn't where I would want to find they made any type of mistake. I think researching which airlines will and will not make announcements, grant buffer zones, do or do not serve peanuts, nuts, etc is also a good idea. Some airlines are accommodating and some are not and which is...
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Re: If Allergic to One Food, Do You Have to Avoid Related Foods?

Anjie ·
Hi I really need help I don't no what to do anymore my so does not eat at all he only drinks pedisure plz help he is 4yrs old...
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Kathy P ·
Hi Anjie - welcome to KFA and I'm glad you posted! It sounds like you are really struggling with your son's feeding issues and I'm sure we can help. I'm going to encourage you to post over on our forums where more people are likely to see and give you feedback. Include what his know allergies and any other medical issues. The more background you can give us, the better we will be able to help w/ ideas, resources, etc.
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Kathy P ·
If you can't find where to post (I edited my last comment to add the link), let me know and I can help with that part.
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Re: If Allergic to One Food, Do You Have to Avoid Related Foods?

Anjie ·
Thanks a lot I would really like him to eat some kind of food.But do Need help I have been trying nothing seems to work plz been say he'll grow out of it I am just hoping
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Re: If Allergic to One Food, Do You Have to Avoid Related Foods?

Kathy P ·
What is he allergic to? What does he need to avoid? What reactions do you see to those foods?
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Re: If Allergic to One Food, Do You Have to Avoid Related Foods?

Anjie ·
Well pretty much everything he is allergic to and is reaction in sneezing swelling of eyes and throwing up
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Re: If Allergic to One Food, Do You Have to Avoid Related Foods?

Trmnich ·
My son has been skin pricked tested 4 times and the last time 3 month ago his tree nut came back negative. All other three skin prick test came back 6+ peanuts & 3+ tree nuts I was suprised when tree nuts came back negative. We still keep him away from all tree nut just to be on the safe side but what are the chances of him outgrowing just the tree nut since he was 3+ before? He is will be 13 in May and is doing great being his own advocate of his allergy and we are very proud of him. We...
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Re: If Allergic to One Food, Do You Have to Avoid Related Foods?

AndreaN ·
In the 1990s I tested big positives to tree nuts and fish. Fast forward to 3 years ago. The same allergist skin tested me for tree nut and fish, and they all came back completely negative. My allergist questioned the results, and had me come back a few weeks later and had the tree nuts and fish skin tested again, as well as did blood work. This second time, my tree nuts skin test and the blood work all came back negative and I can eat them fine. However, my fish skin test and blood work all...
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