November 14, 2012
KFA's Free Webinar Series: Baking Without Milk, Egg, Soy, Wheat, Gluten and Nuts REGISTER NOW!
Join us for an introduction to baking without the common allergens milk, eggs, soy, wheat, gluten and nuts. Our guest speaker is Colette Martin, author of "Learning to Bake Allergen-Free: A Crash Course for Busy Parents on Baking without Wheat, Gluten, Dairy, Eggs, Soy or Nuts". She is a food allergy mom, allergen-free baker and cookbook author. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Kids With Food Allergies Foundation.
Wednesday, November 28
11 am Pacific | 2 pm Eastern
Location: Your computer. This is a live meeting with audio/video and you can hear our panelists speaking through your speakers or you can dial in to the toll-free number provided when you register.
KFA is able to offer these free educational classes thanks to an unrestricted educational grant provided by Mylan.
KFA's Holiday Food Allergy Guide NEW!
Everything you need in one spot!
We've compiled all of our winter holiday resources into one location to make them easier to find. From safety tips to allergy-friendly recipes, this guide will help you enjoy the holidays safely! It includes:
Tips for Surviving the Stress of Thanksgiving
There's no escaping food on Thanksgiving. Or is there? Try these different approaches to keep your food allergic child safe.
Celebrating Thanksgiving — Focus on the Day, Not on the Food
From our Parents' Voices blog, here are some ideas to help you celebrate a safe and fun Thanskgiving.
KFA's Free Webinar Series: Navigating the Holidays with Food Allergies
If you were unable to attend our November 6 webinar, we have the video ready for you to view at your convenience. Our guest speakers were allergists and fellow parents of food-allergic kids, Dr. Mike Pistiner (co-founder of AllergyHome.org) and Dr. Sarah Boudreau-Romano (The Allergist Mom).
4th Annual Halloween Costume Parade
Thank you for participating in last month's Halloween Costume Parade. It was so great to see our children participating in the traditions of this holiday, despite the restrictions of their food allergies. If you'd like to view slideshows of our pictures and show them to your children to show them they are not alone, just visit the Clips area of our community.
A Message from Our Sponsors
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Shopping malls around the U.S. will hosted the Get Schooled in Anaphylaxis Interactive Experience exhibits using tablets or a free Anaphylaxis101 mobile app. They also received educational materials and giveaways, with a special offer for the first 100 people who visit the exhibit on each stop of the tour.
The final location for the coast-to-coast tour is at King of Prussia Mall (Philadelphia, PA) on Nov. 16-17.
Food Allergy News and Research
Food Allergies Can Make Kids Targets for Bullies
Unfortunately food allergy bullying is relatively common.
More Than One in Four Children Outgrow Their Food Allergies
Those that are less likely to outgrow have multiple allergies, a history of severe reactions, allergy to nuts or fish, or are black children with food allergies.
Egg Is No Longer Contraindication for the Flu Vaccine NEW!
Much has changed regarding the perceived safety of influenza vaccine in egg allergic individuals. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) no longer considers egg allergy a contraindication to receiving an influenza vaccine. Read more from KFA's Medical Advisory Team.
Sandy Relief Effort for Those Managing Food Allergies
Many of our members in the Northeast (including our KFA home office) were affected by the recent Superstorm/Hurricane Sandy and our hearts go out to them, wishing them warmth and safety in the weeks ahead. This natural disaster has again identified the critical requirement to have emergency response in disaster situations address the needs of those on allergen-restricted diets and other special medical diets. Please read this blog post to find out how you can help or how you can receive help if you live in the affected areas.
Allergy Buyer's Guide
Food Allergy Facts
Food Allergy Awareness: Before Leaving Emergency Care
Did you know?
Before leaving emergency medical care, your healthcare professional should provide the following:
Source: NIH Publication, Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Food Allergy in the United States: Summary for Patients, Families, and Caregivers.
- An epinephrine auto-injector or a prescription for two doses and training on how to use the auto-injector
- A follow-up appointment or an appointment with a clinical specialist such as an allergist/immunologist
- Information on where to get medical identification jewelry or an anaphylaxis wallet card that alerts others of the food allergy
- Education about allergen avoidance, recognizing the symptoms of anaphylaxis, and giving intramuscular injections of epinephrine
- An anaphylaxis emergency action plan
Must-Read Topics on our Support Forums
Our Kids With Food Allergies Foundation online community is mobile! We have an iPhone App, our community has a mobile version for all mobile browsers and also works in standard (web) view. You can access KFA whenever you need us. Registration is free!
Cooking for Multiple Allergies: Thanksgiving Help?
"I volunteered (translation: I've lost my mind) to make a dessert and stuffing for the Thanksgiving meal at school. I told them I would do my best to make it allergy safe for all the food allergic kids."
Always Learning: Reaction at School Today
"I got THE CALL from the school today. My daughter had a reaction at school, they had given her the epinephrine and had called an ambulance. She had eaten a cookie from the school cafeteria."
First Appointment: How Do I Know if My Allergist is Up-to-Date?
"I took the first available appointment and now I'm wondering how I'll know if the doctor is giving me good advice?"
Food Allergy Recalls
Food Alerts! Have you checked KFA's Allergy Recall Alerts recently? The following foods were recently recalled:
U.S. Allergy Recalls
Multiple Allergen Alerts:
Jimmy Dean: French Toast and Sausage Sandwich (egg, soy)
Grandma's: Peanut Butter Sandwich Crème Cookies - regular and mini (egg, milk)
Tropical Valley Foods: Dark Chocolate, Organic Dark Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, and Trail Mix (soy, treenuts, wheat)
Soy Allergy Alerts:
Wegmans: Chocolate Cake Mix, Gluten Free Honey Cornbread MIx, and All Purpose Baking Mix
Sulfite Allergy Alerts:
Fu Xiang Yuan Trading Inc.: Lily Dry
Canadian Allergy Recalls
Milk Allergy Alerts:
Crown: Bitter Chocolate Coated Raisins
Peanut Allergy Alerts:
Jalousie Melange: Bridge Mix
Tree Nut Allergy Alerts:
Extra: Bridge Mixture
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