| February 8, 2012
Good News About KFA's Online Community
We're listening! Thanks to your comments, suggestions and support through Family Memberships and donations, wer're now working behind the scenes on a fresh look and some exciting new enhancements to our online community! Please stay tuned for additional announcements and for our planned launch date.
President, Kids With Food Allergies
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.
Safely Celebrate Valentine's Day with Food Allergies
Valentine's Day activities often include candy at parties or in cards or gifts.. Prepare your children to advocate for themselves. Practice saying, "No, thank you." Make sure you check all of the candy before your children eat it. Many Valentine's candies are not processed in the same facilities as the regular candy, and also may not have an ingredient label. Children may also receive unwrapped candy in their cards. If you cannot verify the ingredients, do not allow your child to eat the candy. Instead, exchange the candy with something safe that you have made or purchased.
KFA has a great collection of Safe Eats™ recipes and a supportive and caring online community where you can connect with other parents preparing for Valentine's Day. Share recipe ideas, ask questions or bounce ideas off other parents who really understand the special challenges that holidays present for families with food allergies.
The following resources will also help you with celebration ideas, food allergy safety tips and more:
10 Allergy-Safe Activities for Valentine's Day
7 Tips to Make Valentine's Day Safe and Fun for Everyone at School
4 Free Allergy-Friendly Recipes to Celebrate Valentine's Day
Teens and Kids with Food Allergies Need to Be Careful About Kissing
Always Read Labels!
This is a reminder to always read the labels of foods you are purchasing. Three food manufacturers recently released new items that may look similar to a "safe" version that you already buy. Take care not to grab the wrong version by mistake. Contact the food manufacturer to find out what their food allergen handling and labeling practices are to confirm if your "safe" version is still safe for your child.
Peanut Butter Multigrain Cheerios
So Delicious Almond Milk
Zen Almond Pudding
A Message from Our Sponsor
Anaphylaxis Canada's "First Kiss" Public Service Announcement
"Did she have peanut butter for lunch?"
Overuse of Food Allergy Tests: They Could Do More Harm Than Good
"Because positive tests offer only circumstantial evidence that a child has an allergy and false positives are common, unneeded allergy tests can end up doing more harm than good."
Allergy Risks in a Heart-Shaped Box
"Flowers, perfume and candy are thoughtful gifts, but they can have serious consequences for people with allergies."
Milwaukee Brewers Unveil Peanut-Controlled Area at Miller Park
"After reviewing logistics, the Brewers surprised Mathew Trotier, a 6th grader who suffers from the allergy, at his school by announcing the creation of a program that will accommodate approximately 100 people in a peanut-controlled area for three Brewers home games in 2012."
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!
Sign up for an Associate Membership (no fee) to participate on our online support group forums.
Preschool Refusing to Allow Emergency Medicines
"I called this afternoon and she says that they can't hold meds because they're not licensed that way. Is she right about the licensing thing? I'm just confused. Do they have to hold the meds or not? It's a non-church, private, preschool."
Top 8 Allergy-Free Lunch Ideas
"I think I can handle breakfast and dinner, but lunch is throwing me for a loop. Are there any top-8 convenience items that would do for a lunch?"
Enough is Enough!
"I am really, really upset right now. I spend a great deal of time on KFA. I enjoy grabbing recipes, searching posts for answers, and the sense of family this site provides. I love it here... but recently I am irritated. Maybe it is because we have spent the better part of last week in the hospital."
Food Alerts! Have you checked the Allergy Recall Alerts section at KFA recently? The following foods were recently recalled:
U.S. Allergy Recalls
- Select Revolution Foods: Jammy Sammy - Strawberry Jam & Peanut Butter Snack Size Sandwich Bars (undeclared peanut)
- Zhang Zhou Brand: Tremella (undeclared sulfites)
- How Sweet It Is Fudge and Candy Company: "Peanut Butter Buckeye" and "Peanut Butter Smoothie" (undeclared milk)
- Gemini Food Corporation and Tong Enterprises: Bin-Bin Snow Rice Cracker (undeclared egg)
- Walgreens: Chocolate-Covered Raisins (undeclared peanut, treenut, and soy)
- JKS Wholesale SVCS: Torta de Pan (undeclared milk)
- Aunt Jemima: Frozen Pancakes (undeclared soy)
- Ellison Meat Company: Beef Sirloin Top Butt Steak (undeclared milk)
Canadian Allergy Recalls
- Mic's Brand: Sesame Brown Rice Wafer (undeclared peanut)
- JB's Sausage: Marinades (undeclared milk, soy, and wheat)
- Original Gourment brand: Passion Cookies (undeclared treenuts)
- Nutrafruit: Plum Butter (undeclared sulfites)
- Kraft: Dinner Smart Vegetables (undeclared yellow dye #5)
- Aunt Jemima: Frozen Pancakes (undeclared soy)
- Bin Bin brand: Snow Rice Crackers (undeclared egg)
- Jelly Belly: Christmas Deluxe Mix (undeclared milk and wheat)
- Ferme Piscicole des Bobines Inc.: Rainbow Trout pastries (undeclared egg)
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