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Do you have questions on how to eat out with food allergies?

Happy birthday, KFA!

Celebrating birthdays with food allergies CAKE WEEK

KFA recognized as one of the best

Anaphylaxis 101 from Mylan

Food allergy fact: routine food allergy testing

Food allergies may affect children's growth

Eczema affects mental health

Certain air pollutants linked to asthma, IgE

Elimination diets for adults with EoE

Setback for oral immunotherapy for milk allergy

Easter treats and goodiesl

Non-cake ideas for birthdays

How to teach siblings without scaring them?

Allergy-friendly companies that support KFA

13 food allergy recall warnings




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Allergy-Free and Easy Cooking: 30-Minute Meals without Gluten, Wheat, Dairy, Eggs, Soy, Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Fish, Shellfish, and Sesame
by Cybele Pascal





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March 6, 2013

Dining Out with Food Allergies SIGN UP NOW!
KFA, a division of AAFASend us your questions and then join our live discussion on dining out with food allergies. Our expert panel for this free webinar will share tips, strategies and personal stories; and give you confidence to navigate eating out with food allergies.

Our guest speakers are Michael Pistiner, MD, and Sloane Miller, MSW, both of whom are food allergy advocates and have a special interest in restaurants and food allergy safety.

Register today and enter your questions for Dr. Pistiner and Ms. Miller!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013
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This FREE webinar is made possible by an unrestricted educational grant provided by Mylan.

Announcements

Celebrating 8 Years of Food Allergy Support, Awareness and Education
We opened our doors on February 28, 2005. Thank you so much for being here and making KFA the wonderful place that it is. Thanks to our donors, family members, grantors and corporate supporters for making our work possible. We would not be here without you.

We recently announced our intent to merge with the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). This is an exciting time for KFA. We hope we can count on your support as we move ahead as part of the AAFA family.

KFA's CAKE WEEK Helps Parents Create Magical Birthdays
Last week, we shared allergy-friendly cake recipes, decorating tips, non-edible ideas, and more to help parents find safe ways to celebrate birthdays with their child with food allergies.

One mother shared with us, "Tyler's 4th birthday party is tomorrow. He somehow found a pirate ship cake pan at Party City, unprompted. I planned on cupcakes. I could kiss Kathy P and her Wacky Cake. Haven't frosted it yet but made tester cupcakes. They are delicious. Like regular kids. Teary eyed just thinking about it and what a great resource this website is. The possibilities seem limitless even with the dietary limitations of no milk/peanuts. Have to go practice frosting decorating...I'm not adventurous at all but his allergies having pushed me to try cake decorating of all things. Love all the pics. Very inspiring!"

All of the cake ideas we shared can be found on our Food, Nutrition and Recipes blog. Additionally, if you are on our community and click on the tag for Cake Week, you will find a list of all the Cake Week resources.

Don't forget to share your cakes with us on our Show Us Your Cakes clips gallery!

   


KFA Recognized as "One of the Best" by WEGO Health and SafeSoundFamily!
We are honored to be named one of the 50 Best Family Safety Websites/Blogs by SafeSoundFamily. Our website is one of only five in the food safety category.

From SafeSoundFamily:
The site of the Kids with Food Allergies Foundation (KFA) is full of practical strategies to manage food allergies. Its goal is to educate families and communities and to provide help that will save lives and improve the quality of life for children with allergies and their families. The online community is not only award-winning, but offers recipes, resources, chats and blogs.

follow our food blog 3 of our favorite posts from Kids With Food Allergies:



We are also pleased to be selected as a finalist in two categories of this year's WEGO Health Activist Awards! KFA is a finalist for Best in Show: Community and Best in Show: Facebook.
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A Message from Our Sponsors


Mylan
Get Schooled in Anaphylaxis: An Interactive Experience will be stopping in the DC area at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on March 16-17 at the NBC4 Health & Fitness Expo! Check it out to learn more about life-threatening allergic reactions and why "Modern Family's" Julie Bowen is encouraging everyone to Get Schooled in Anaphylaxis. Visit www.Anaphylaxis101.com to learn more.


Food Allergy News and Research

Food Allergies May Affect Children's Growth
After comparing a sample of food allergic children with their peers, researchers found that the food allergic children had lower weight and body mass index (BMI) percentiles. This impaired growth could be tied to the removal of foods from their diets.

Eczema Can Affect a Child's Mental Health
Researchers have found that children with atopic dermatitis (eczema) are at an increased risk for suffering from a mental health condition. Chronic sleep loss, unrelenting pruritis (itchiness), and painful cracked skin can affect the quality of life of affected children.

Exposure to Certain Air Pollution Linked to IgE and Asthma
Increased exposure to certain chemicals in air pollution were associated with certain immune system effects and asthma diagnosis.

Food Avoidance and Drug-Free Remission in Adults with Eosinophilic Esophagitis
A recent study documented remission of eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) in 3/4 of affected adults who eliminated cereals, milk, eggs, seafood, legumes, peanuts and soy for six weeks.

Milk Allergy Oral Therapy Loses Power Over Time
Among children who underwent oral immunotherapy for milk allergy, fewer than half can regularly consume milk without symptoms. Some children became even more reactive after the therapy.

Food Allergy Facts

Food Allergy Awareness: Avoidance is Safest
Did you know? Not eating the allergenic food is currently the safest way to manage food allergy and prevent symptoms. Your healthcare professional should work with you to decide whether certain related foods also should be avoided.

Source: NIH Publication, Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Food Allergy in the United States: Summary for Patients, Families, and Caregivers.


Allergy Buyer's Guide


Surf Sweets
Click to visit the website of Surf Sweets.

SunButter
Click to visit the website of SunButter.

Auvi-Q
Click to visit the website of Auvi-Q.

Vermont Nut Free
Click to visit the website of Vermont Nut Free.

Must-Read Topics on our Support Forums

Our Kids With Food Allergies online community is mobile! We have an iPhone App. In addition, 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!

Easter Treats and Goodies
Easter is around the corner! Share your allergy-friendly treats and gifts.

Alternatives to Cakes for Celebrations
Name one non-cake idea for celebrating birthdays or holidays.

How to Educate Siblings About Allergies Without Causing Anxiety?
How do you handle this in your house? What are some kid-friendly resources to help them understand what is, and what is not, an emergency?


NEW on Our Community: Did you know that members have personal walls? You can click on a member's name or profile picture to see their activity, picture gallery (clips) and post a message on their wall. If someone has been particularly helpful to you, this is an easy way to post a thank you.

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:
Food Club: Red Enchilada Sauce (soy, wheat)

Milk Allergy Alerts:
Herbalife: Instant Healthy Meal Nutritional Shake Mix Packets

Peanut Allergy Alerts:
See's Candies: Divinity Egg with Walnuts

Sulfite Allergy Alerts:
Green Day: White Melon Seeds
Good Taste: Preserved Fruits

Tree Nut Allergy Alerts:
Food For Life: Ezekiel 4:9 Cereal

Canadian Allergy Recalls

Gluten Allergy Alerts:
J1: Crunchy Rice Rolls

Milk Allergy Alerts:
James Bun: Pastry Sheets
NuGo Free: Trail Mix Bars

Peanut Allergy Alerts:
Barr's: Almond Bark

Sesame Allergy Alerts:
Master Kong: Spicy Beef Noodle Products

Sulfite Allergy Alerts:
Summer Star Trading Co.: Preserved Lemon, Preserved Star Fruit, and Preserved Mandarin
Kettle: Honey Roast Nuts and Fruit Mix



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Editor: Melanie Carver
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