| February 29, 2012
Big Changes for KFA's Online Community!
We are moving ahead with new enhancements to our website and forums to make it even easier for all of us to work together to keep our kids safe and healthy. And we know you'll be thrilled with the changes!
The first phase will be a major upgrade to our online community to give it a fresh look and help make it easier to access and use.
This is what you need to know now to prepare for this upgrade:
- Everything remains the same for now. Our current community is still open for you to log in and use.
- If you have not logged in recently, please log in to remain in an active status with us. We will be de-activating accounts of members who have not been active within the past two years, unless you are a current donor or Family Member.
- We will be transferring our forum discussions over to the new community, as well as member profiles, usernames and passwords. You will not need to register again if you are already one of our registered members.
For more details please see today's full announcement.
Our team is working hard to have our new home ready for you very soon and will be with you every step of the way. We can't wait for you to check it out!
Please direct any questions to us at email@example.com.
Lynda Mitchell and the KFA Team
Happy 7th Anniversary, Kids With Food Allergies Foundation!
We opened our door on February 28, 2005 to offer online support and information families could use to keep their children safe and healthy. Thank you for being here with us. We couldn't be here without you!
Food Allergy Babysitter and Drop-Off Care Form NEW!
Free! Download, print and use this form created for you as a collaborative effort of Kids With Food Allergies Foundation and AllergyHome.org, written by Michael Pistiner, MD, MMSc, edited by John Lee, MD.
"Created to help teach friends, family, babysitters and others responsible for the care of children with food allergies."
Quick Print (can choose black/white)
Full Color (can laminate and display)
We've Been Nominated as One of the Best Food Allergy Support Sites and Would Appreciate Your Votes!
KFA has been nominated for About.com Reader's Choice Award for providing the best online food allergy support. We appreciate your votes! Voting is open from February 22, 2012 - March 21, 2012. Winners will be announced March 30. You can vote once per day in each category.
A Message from Our Sponsor
Visit KFA's Allergy Buyer's Guide to find foods and products that cater to the food-allergic consumer. Please let our sponsors know that you found them through KFA!
Brightly Colored Bee Takes Sting Out of Allergy Appointments
Buzzy® is simply a small vibrating bee-shaped device with a unique ice pack. Using natural pain relief, Buzzy confuses a child's body's own nerves and distracts attention away, thereby dulling or eliminating sharp pain. Buzzy can be used for allergy testing, blood draws, infusions of immunoglobulins, IV insertions, and for weekly allergy shots. For eczema, Buzzy gives relief from itching while waiting for medications to kick in.
Now through March 15th, 20% of your purchases of Buzzy will be donated to Kids With Food Allergies Foundation. Use coupon code KFA (case-sensitive).
For more information or to order, visit www.buzzy4shots.com.
Read what KFA members are saying about Buzzy.
School Nurses Save Lives with Epinephrine Auto-Injectors
"Swift responses save lives when a student experiences an episode of anaphylaxis. As evidenced by incidents in Tennessee and Virginia this past month, having a registered school nurse on site plus an Emergency Care Plan is a life-saving combination."
Teachers, Staff Save Fifth-Grade Student After Allergic Reaction
"A Valentine's Day treat at school turned life-threatening for the fifth-grade student. His teacher checked the Pixy Stix label and thought they were safe for him to eat because he'd had them before. But this time, he had a different flavor, Maui Punch."
Sign up for an Associate Membership (no fee) to participate on our online support group forums.
Today, I am Mad
"Usually food allergies don't bother my son very much, but today they have scared him and made me mad. We are all sick with a flu-like bug, and ds is terrified because he is covered with hives. I know they are probably viral hives, but he is scared that it is anaphylaxis. Seeing him tear up in fear brings out anger in me because even in illness, he can't catch a break from his fear of what food can do to him."
How about you? Have food allergies angered you lately? Join the discussion and vent with parents who understand.
Excluded from Girl Scouts
I hate that this is a continuing struggle that I feel like we will be having over and over. We had this happen before when we were looking for daycare. It makes me so darn mad."
Avoiding Foods Due to Test Results, But No Actual Reaction
"Is anyone out there avoiding foods purely due to test results rather than actual reaction? I know that tests aren't 100% accurate...and am wondering if it could be possible that daughter is not really allergic to these and am living in fear for nothing? Has anyone seen research that avoiding foods unnecessarily (such as peanuts) can actually prolong or induce an allergy? "
Food Alerts! Have you checked the Allergy Recall Alerts section at KFA recently? The following foods were recently recalled:
U.S. Allergy Recalls
- Walmart: Cruller Bakery Pastries (undeclared milk)
- Whole Foods Market: Pumpkin Bundt Cakes (undeclared milk)
- Summit Import Corporation: Bin Bin Snow Rice Cracker and Bin Bin Rice Cracker (undeclared egg)
- Jang Chung Dong Han Yang King Joak Bal: Cooked Pork Hocks (undeclared wheat)
Canadian Allergy Recalls
- Veggie Favour: various products (undeclared egg, milk, and wheat)
- Various Companies: Designer Whey Protein Powder - Chocolate (undeclared gluten)
- Safoco: Vegetable Macaroni (undeclared egg)
- Capital Packers: Beer Sausage (undeclared soy)
- Cosine: Instant Pudding Powder (undeclared milk)
- Canadian Hazelnut Inc.: Dark Chocolate products (undeclared milk)
- Sweets From The Earth: cake products (undeclared milk)
- Inter-Fret Importers: Hafiz Habib-ur-rehman Haviz Ka Multani Sohan (undeclared treenuts)
- Veggie Favour: Veggie Large Shrimp Style Soy Product (undeclared wheat)
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