Tagged With "food allergy advocacy"

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Re: Faces of Food Allergies - 7th Annual Halloween Costume Parade

Kathy P ·
Congratulations to preciousangel who is today's winning photo! They are the winner of a prize package from Go Veggie and a KFA t-shirt!
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Re: Faces of Food Allergies - 7th Annual Halloween Costume Parade

Kathy P ·
Congratulations to our unicorn Gwen, who doesn't let her food allergies hold her back from enjoying Halloween! Gwen loves playing viola in school this year, doing crafts and hanging out with friends. She is the winner of a Go Veggie prize pack and a KFA t-shirt!
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Re: Faces of Food Allergies - 7th Annual Halloween Costume Parade

Kids With Food Allergies ·
Our final daily winner is Gatsby and Daisy who celebrated Halloween by eating mom's homemade, allergy-safe lollipops! Congratuations! We'll be announcing our 2 grand prize winners tomorrow!
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Re: Faces of Food Allergies - 7th Annual Halloween Costume Parade

Kathy P ·
Congratulations to our costume parade grand prize winners: Flying Genie and Nurse Bella! Genie is allergic to dairy, peanuts and tree nuts, but that does not stop her from flying high! Got food allergies? Nurse Bella is here to help! She has epinephrine and inhalers stocked at all times. A special thank you to GO Veggie! for sponsoring this event.
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Re: New Allergy-Friendly Snack Bars and Cereal from Enjoy Life Foods

Mum23 ·
Was anyone here testers for these? How are they? I am SO excited about these!
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Re: New Allergy-Friendly, Vegan Baking Mixes from Zema's Madhouse Foods

Kids With Food Allergies ·
Ingredient labels are included in the attachment.
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Re: New Allergy-Friendly Snack Bars and Cereal from Enjoy Life Foods

Trish Gareau ·
Do we have nutritional info for the new products? We have T1D & celiac here
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Re: New Allergy-Friendly Snack Bars and Cereal from Enjoy Life Foods

stressedoutmama ·
I've not tested them, but I've had the Crunchy Rice cereal back when it was Nutty Rice. It's good.
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Re: New Vegan Dairy-Free Bleu Cheese Salad Dressing

knmtwins ·
I never can find this in a store. I love their Veganaise with the purple top. I so missed BLTs and chicken salad. With Veganaise, tofu and xantham gum, I can even make crab cakes like my MIL (lots of bread crumbs) but it holds together.
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Re: New Vegan Dairy-Free Bleu Cheese Salad Dressing

Allison ·
I wonder if they make ANY without mustard. Tried checking a few on their website but so far no luck!
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Re: New Vegan Dairy-Free Bleu Cheese Salad Dressing

Melanie Carver ·
Allison, it contains mustard. website I've been searching for this product, too, and haven't found it.
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Re: New Food Find: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free Bread

Kathy P ·
I tried the ciabatta rolls and they are awesome, but do have egg. I used them for Buffalo chicken sliders for a Super Bowl party.
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Re: 10 Tips for Getting Your Child Off to a New School Safely

lalacsmith ·
HI, My son, who has a peanut allergy, will start kindergarten in a few weeks. At his school peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are served everyday in the cafeteria. The school offers 3 choices to each child and PB&J is one of the choices. I am so worried and scared about sending him to school. I have spoken with the nutrition department for the school district and the only thing she said the school could do is have my son sit at a table all by himself. That does not solve the problem...
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Re: 10 Tips for Getting Your Child Off to a New School Safely

Kathy P ·
I'm sorry you are feeling so stressed over starting Kinder. Have you requested a 504 evaluation?? The last link in #5 above has lots of resources on that process. That is your best way to get accommodations for your kiddo. In that type of plan is where you can specify things like handwashing after snack/lunch, a peanut free table/zone in the cafeteria, etc. Have you discussed w/ the doc what he thinks are reasonable/necessary accommodations??
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Re: Infant Fed Only Almond Milk Develops Scurvy from Lack of Nutrients

prometheamoth ·
Milk substitutes clearly state on the packaging that it is not a substitute for formula.
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Re: Infant Fed Only Almond Milk Develops Scurvy from Lack of Nutrients

Carolyn Ann ·
The title is misleading. It's not just almond milk. Any milk would do the same thing. Cow's milk contains 4 - 6% of an adults Vitamin C needs (some labels even say 0%). That means an 8 oz glass only has 5.4 mg. For a baby under 6 months they would need to drink 7.5 bottles of milk to get the Vit C needed. For a baby over 6 months it would be 9.3 bottles a day. Of course, they would be getting food as well. Point being made is that formula has the vitamins supplemented. If not using breast...
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Re: Will Oral Food Challenges or Accidental Ingestions Make Your Child's Food Allergy Worse?

Paula Tarpley (Lucy) ·
I hate that my insurance doesn't cover the allergy testing or the food challenge. Which leaves me with no choice but to do home challenges. This is very scary for me! What else can be done?
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Re: Will Oral Food Challenges or Accidental Ingestions Make Your Child's Food Allergy Worse?

Kathy P ·
That is very scary. It's important to do oral food challenges in a medically supervised setting with immediate availability of medical support/intervention in the event of a reaction. Your insurance won't cover any type of allergy testing? Neither skin or blood testing?
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Re: Will Oral Food Challenges or Accidental Ingestions Make Your Child's Food Allergy Worse?

Jen ·
That's frustrating, Paula. Would you consider switching insurance companies when it's open enrollment?
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Re: Folic Acid Exposure in Utero Is Associated With Development of Food Allergy

Ellen42 ·
There is an association between being genetically bad at metabolizing synthetic folic acid (like me) and being bad at excreting heavy metals like mercury, aluminum, lead, etc . . . . That leads me to wonder if people with food allergies have higher levels of heavy metals in their bodies. Has anybody ever checked? As for me, I was on high doses of synthetic folic acid for the second and third pregnancies, but not for the first. Since then, I've come to love green leafy vegetables and beans.
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Re: Hurricane Irma Allergy-Friendly Food Drive

K8sMom2002 ·
Thank you, KFA! And thanks to all our great food banks... I'm from Georgia, and this warms my heart! Here in Georgia, we have thousands of people in Florida seeking shelter from the storm. In a neighboring county with a Red Cross shelter, we have over 2000 in various shelters. And that's a rural county, not a metro area. A friend of mine who is volunteering at the Red Cross shelter says that some of these people have had to evacuate in such a hurry that all they had was the clothes on their ...
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Re: Food Allergy Awareness: Disease Statistics

Juliet Morrs ·
It is sad to know how many people could not enjoy eating some delicious delicacies made from foods that trigger allergy symptoms. It is hard always being mindful about the food your about to eat, especially when you are eating in a restaurant. Admin note: removed non-working link.
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Re: Food Allergy Awareness: Outgrowing Food Allergies

josephine ·
Don't mean to be a downer but I am 48 years old and since the age of 4 years old have been waiting to outgrow my milk allergy. Milk makes my sneezy and conjested but not Ana., contact etc. I can have traces of milk and items that are made on shared equipment without too much problems. Stanford told us they don't think Christian will ever outgrow his cause it's so bad. The point that I'm trying to make is live your life happy. Know how to manage your allergies, hope for the best and if you...
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Re: Food Allergy Awareness: Food Allergy and Asthma

nlar4 ·
That is for sure. I know because I have bad asthma! I didn't realize it was related to food allergies, though. Very interesting!
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Re: Will Oral Food Challenges or Accidental Ingestions Make Your Child's Food Allergy Worse?

Paula Tarpley (Lucy) ·
No, I can't insurance because this is the insurance through my husbands work. There is no way I'm going to be able to do a food challenge at home. I'm way too frightened of what could happen but what else is one to do when you know that at some point you have to know?! Talked with doctor today (left message) and asked if there is a way around it. They wouldn't even pay for the skin or blood allergy test. It's crazy! Our insurance is amazing and we've had 14 years. Never had to use the...
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Re: Will Oral Food Challenges or Accidental Ingestions Make Your Child's Food Allergy Worse?

kandicejo ·
I can't even wrap my head around an insurance that won't cover allergy stuff Allergies are such a widespread condition that can lead to time off work, etc. Hopefully the doctor has some good guidance for what you can do.
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Re: Will Oral Food Challenges or Accidental Ingestions Make Your Child's Food Allergy Worse?

Paula Tarpley (Lucy) ·
I'm hoping to hear something back! Praying they can come up with something different that my insurance will pay for. I can go to an allergist and pay my co-pay but when they want to start the testing, that's where my insurance stops! It ridiculous and I'm so upset about this. I know doctors can around it, some will and some won't. Hopefully I have one that will and can! Thank you all for your support! I don't have family or friends so it's difficult to deal with all by yourself.
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Re: Will Oral Food Challenges or Accidental Ingestions Make Your Child's Food Allergy Worse?

Paula Tarpley (Lucy) ·
Meant to say, "Don't have family or friends around!" Our families live in different states. We moved here when my husband got transferred.
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Re: Will Oral Food Challenges or Accidental Ingestions Make Your Child's Food Allergy Worse?

Heidi B ·
Hi Paula, hopefully you find an allergist that you like and trust. Be upfront with the Doctor about the insurance issues and your concerns. Some allergists - not all - will allow patients to come and sit in the waiting room while the food is ingested. I hope you find one that you can work with. The other thing is, the allergy tests run about $1,500 depending on how many foods you're running. You may find that the cost is worth it?
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Re: Are Local Summer Programs Required to Accommodate My Child With Food Allergies?

LSK ·
thanks! this is VERY helpful!
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Re: Experts Consider Changes to Infant Feeding Guidelines to Prevent Food Allergies

T Meach ·
High-risk infants begin eating peanut-containing food as early as 4-6 months. Infants are considered at risk if they have severe eczema, egg allergy or both. A qualified healthcare provider should perform testing first to see if an allergy already exists. I agree wholeheartedly re: the allergy testing. We had to wait until our child was 1 years old and found out through reactions when we tried our child on new foods. As a new parent, it was a terrifying experience to go through without the...
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Re: How to Report Foods After an Allergic Reaction

Will Way ·
Useful information. Thanks!
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Re: How to Report Foods After an Allergic Reaction

K8sMom2002 ·
Leslie, has your son ever had a reaction to a food that wasn't properly labeled?
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Re: How to Report Foods After an Allergic Reaction

Will Way ·
He had a reaction to a cereal made by Van's that was labeled as safe for him, but I think it was a cross-contamination issue instead of a mislabeling. If he had a reaction to a mislabeled food, I don't think that it would occur to me to have the food tested. When he reacted to the cereal, I called and there was a cross-contamination risk for tree nuts that was not labeled, so I don't buy their products anymore.
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Re: How to Report Foods After an Allergic Reaction

K8sMom2002 ·
Ouch on the reaction, and good to know. It's also good to know there's a process in place for how to report foods that are mislabeled.
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Re: Show Us Your #FacesOfFoodAllergies to Raise Food Allergy Awareness

lisa s ·
How can you add a description of my sons food allergies underneath is photo that was already posted?
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Re: Show Us Your #FacesOfFoodAllergies to Raise Food Allergy Awareness

K8sMom2002 ·
I'll be glad to wave a magic wand behind the scenes and try my hand at adding it, Lisa. What would you like me to add? Or you can add your son's "allergy set" to your signature, and it will be automatically added to everything you post. If you need help with creating your signature, check out the thread " FAQ: How do I add or edit my signature? "
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Re: Show Us Your #FacesOfFoodAllergies to Raise Food Allergy Awareness

Kids With Food Allergies ·
Congratulations to our first winner - April S. and her daughter Olivia ! "Olivia is 5yrs old and knows all of her allergies and has learned to always ask before accepting food. She is an inspiration to us and her strength and maturity make me so proud to be her mommy. She is allergic to peanuts, treenuts, legumes, dairy, watermelon, and coconut along with environmental allergies.. She is our heart, our inspiration, and our entire world." - April S.
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Re: Show Us Your #FacesOfFoodAllergies to Raise Food Allergy Awareness

Kids With Food Allergies ·
Congratulations to our second winner - Heidi and her boys Drew and Aleks ! "My oldest was bullied at times for his long hair and food allergies but stood up for himself and my youngest does too. Having solid supportive and protective friends helps." - Heidi
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Re: Show Us Your #FacesOfFoodAllergies to Raise Food Allergy Awareness

Jen ·
Congrats to April and Olivia on being the first winner! Congrats to Heidi and her boys, Drew and Aleks, for being the 2nd winner!
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Re: Show Us Your #FacesOfFoodAllergies to Raise Food Allergy Awareness

Kathy P ·
Congratulations to our third winner Krissy and her son Christian ! Christian asked his teacher to wear a teal ribbon this week for Food Allergy Awareness. She has worn it everyday and it makes him feel so special. Christian wanted to make her feel special too, so he got her a gift and wrote her a card. He even wanted the gift wrapped with teal ribbon. "Mrs. Newman, Thank you for supporting me. Having a food allergy is scary, but you make it better" - Christian
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Re: Show Us Your #FacesOfFoodAllergies to Raise Food Allergy Awareness

Jen ·
Congrats Krissy and Christian!
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Re: Show Us Your #FacesOfFoodAllergies to Raise Food Allergy Awareness

Kids With Food Allergies ·
Congratulations to the fourth winner in our #FacesOfFoodAllergies #contest - Hannah and her mom Jennifer L. See Hannah and all the entries at facesoffoodallergies.org "One year ago, Hanna had an anaphylactic reaction while at gymnastics due to contact with apparent peanut residue. She had to overcome her fear in order to compete this year. She just finished a successful competition season. This is Hanna at the state championship." - Jennifer L We applaud Hannah and her courage to not allow...
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Re: Show Us Your #FacesOfFoodAllergies to Raise Food Allergy Awareness

Jen ·
Congrats Hannah and Jennifer!
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Re: Show Us Your #FacesOfFoodAllergies to Raise Food Allergy Awareness

Kids With Food Allergies ·
Congratulations to our final winner Melissa G! We were moved by her story and how she uses dance as an outlet when being bullied at school. Kudos to Melissa for her perseverance and for finding a supportive partner. In honor of Food Allergies Awareness week, I wanted to post this to show how I overcome food allergies everyday. Dance was an outlet for me, no matter how many people made fun of me at school or parties for not being able to eat the food. I always feared that I would never find a...
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Re: Show Us Your #FacesOfFoodAllergies to Raise Food Allergy Awareness

Jen ·
Congrats Melissa G!
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Re: Show Us Your #FacesOfFoodAllergies to Raise Food Allergy Awareness

K8sMom2002 ·
Congrats! Quite a story of overcoming obstacles!
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New Food Find: Convenient Soup Cups (Including Dairy-Free Broccoli Cheddar)

KFA Food Bloggers ·
Namaste Foods has three new dried soup cups perfect for travel or a quick meal. Namaste Foods has a dedicated allergy-free facility that is free of milk/dairy, wheat, gluten, soy, potato, peanuts, and tree nuts. Their products are non-GMO, do not...
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New Food Find: One Ingredient, Gluten-Free Pasta

Kids With Food Allergies ·
Tolerant Foods have created single-ingredient, gluten-free, organic, Non-GMO, legume-based pastas.   The pastas are loaded with protein and fiber and come in these shapes: Fettucine Rotini Penne The single ingredient in each pasta is either...
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Non-Food Rewards for Children (New Handout)

Kids With Food Allergies ·
The CDC’s Voluntary Guidelines for Managing Food Allergies in Schools and Early Care and Education Programs recommends the “use of non-food incentives for prizes, gifts, and awards.” This practice is also recommended...
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