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Are you ready to send your child to preschool, K-12, or college?
NEW! Advocating for your food allergic child at school
Back-to-school basics: school planning checklist for parents
Back-to-school resources from KFA
Sample Section 504 Plans
Are there food allergens in vaccines?
Hidden food ingredients in vaccines
Arthur, Binky, and Cody help teach about food allergies
Allergic reactions in schools
New syndrome that links allergies and autism discovered
Researchers find way to reduce symptoms of anaphylaxis
Would you participate in a milk allergy clinical trial?
Food establishment play areas - are they safe?
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July 29, 2009
"The Back-to-School Shuffle"
|Are you familiar with all that KFA offers to help you with "Back-to-School" planning?
One of my worst moments as a parent occurred when my son had an anaphylactic reaction during the first week of school in first grade. The school was prepared, though — I had made sure his food allergy management plan was in place on day one, and I had provided the school nurse with physician orders and injectable epinephrine.
Are you ready? Make sure your child with food allergies has a school plan on the first school day, including a Food Allergy Action Plan and ready access to injectable epinephrine — it just might save your child's life like it saved my son's!
| Prepare early for this "Back-to-School" season by taking advantage of the many educational resources available through Kids With Food Allergies. Professionally written and reviewed by our Medical Advisory Team, these resources take the guesswork out of planning and implementing school plans that can help keep your food allergic children as safe as possible.
Best wishes for a safe school year!
Lynda Mitchell and the KFA Team
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New! Advocating for Your Child with Food Allergies at School
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Back-to-School Basics: School Planning for Food Allergic Children
You must check off your own back-to-school list — one that involves obtaining a letter from your child's pediatrician or allergist; contacting and meeting with the principal, school nurse and teacher; and creating a school health plan — well before your child's first day at school.
KFA's School Planning Resources Kit
KFA offers a collection of back-to-school resources that include planning guides for parents, a must-have list of allergens in preschool arts and crafts, peanut-free zone posters and much more!
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Sample 504 School Plans for Managing Food Allergies
Ever wonder what a Section 504 Plan really looks like? Section 504 Plans can vary from student to student and from school to school. The following samples were obtained by KFA from the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights. They can provide some insight if you have to work with your child's school to develop a 504 Plan to manage food allergies in the school setting.
Do Vaccines Contain Food Allergens?
This review of vaccine safety analyzes how food ingredients in vaccines impact food allergic children.
If part of your back-to-school preparations include getting your child's vaccinations up-to-date, the following reports provide detailed information about inactive ingredients, including food allergens, that are contained in common childhood vaccines.
Food Ingredients in Vaccines for Ages 0-6
Food Ingredients in Vaccines for Ages 7-18
More Back-to-School Help
Arthur: Binky Goes Nuts (DVD)
When Binky discovers that he's allergic to peanuts, he learns that the best way not to go nuts is to be well-informed and to understand his allergy.
Binky Goes Nuts Lesson and Activity Plans
What is a food allergy? What makes peanut allergies so dangerous? The information and activities in this unit help children learn how they can make their school a safe and healthy place for classmates who have peanut or other food allergies.
Management of Food Allergies in Schools: A Perspective for Allergists
This article in the current issue of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology reviews food allergy and anaphylaxis risk in schools, availability of epinephrine, discussion about peanut bans, school policies and the role of the allergist, school, and parents in developing an individualized school plan. .
Scientists Characterize New Syndrome of Allergy, Apraxia, Malabsorption
"A landmark study conducted by Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland is the first to reveal a new syndrome in children that presents with a combination of allergy, apraxia and malabsorption. Autism spectrum disorders were variably present. Verbal apraxia has until now been understood to be a neurologically based speech disorder, although hints of other neurological soft signs have been described."
Researchers Find New Way of Reducing Symptoms of Anaphylaxis
"A team from Glasgow are the first in the world to pinpoint a molecule which amplifies the allergic reaction and have successfully developed a biological agent to reduce the symptoms.
The breakthrough could lead to a huge reduction in the number of fatal cases of anaphylactic shock across the world."
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The $64,000 Question
A mother weighs the pros and cons of enrolling her milk allergic son in a clinical trial for milk allergy immunotherapy.
Do You Visit Play Areas at Food Places?
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Food Alerts! Have you checked the Allergy Recall Alerts section at KFA recently? The following foods were recently recalled:
U.S. Allergy Recalls
- Hiland-Roberts Ice Cream: Espo's Sorbetto and Nature's Promise Sorbetto (undeclared milk)
- Maya Overseas Foods: Golden Raisins (undeclared sulfites)
Canadian Allergy Recalls
- Surasang: Various Korean crackers (undeclared milk and egg)
- Master Choice: Frozen garlic baguettes (undeclared milk)
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