| September 8, 2011
School Success Stories
We receive many questions from parents every year about how to ensure that the school is prepared to manage food allergies and treat an allergic reaction — should one occur. The answer lies in shared responsibility among the school and its staff, the parents and the child, and in working collaboratively to make sure that the child can attend school safely and be included in as many activities as possible.
Schools can come up with a myriad of successful ways to manage food allergies and we will share specific examples with you. Our first School Spotlight to share with you is from Paul Antico, owner of AllergyEats.com and also a dad of children attending the Inly School in Massachusetts:
Raising the Bar: Inly School Implements a Successful Food Allergy Approach.
If your child's school is also doing an exceptional job managing food allergies and creating a safe and inclusive environment for students with food allergies, we'd like you to share your story with us. We will share School Spotlights throughout the year.
With warm regards,
P.S. Several of KFA's medical advisors are in the news this month as they are doing great things to keep our food-allergic children safe. We appreciate their work and dedication and you can read their news stories in this issue!
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Join Us in Making Strides for Safe Kids SUNDAY, SEPT 11!
Now in its third year, the Kids With Food Allergies Foundation annual food allergy expo and fundraiser — Strides for Safe Kids — is our main fundraising event of the year.
Our expo on Sunday morning, September 11 (starting at 10:00 a.m.) will be extra fun and will be held indoors, so no worry about the weather! Families will take Strides for Safe Kids and learn how to be "Everyday Cool" about food allergies. Kids will explore seven stations along a perimeter stride around the mall to learn about food allergy safety based on the children's book, The No Biggie Bunch: EveryDay Cool with Food Allergies, written by Dr. Michael Pistiner. At the end of the journey, kids will receive a Strides for Safe Kids No Biggie Bunch bonus for completing the course.
Then join us for a Food Allergies Rock concert, performed by kid-magnet Kyle Dine, a musician with food allergies. His food allergy songs will make you giggle, make you dance and let you know that you are not alone.
We are also excited to welcome Elmwood Park Zoo to our expo! They will be bringing allergy-friendly exhibits for kids to enjoy.
Parents have the opportunity to meet new friends, find new allergy-friendly foods and products and enjoy seeing their kids surrounded by other kids and adults who "get it." Please join us as we all take Strides for Safe Kids!
Register today for our Strides for Safe Kids Expo & Fundraiser and join us at Plymouth Meeting Mall (PA) on September 11 for friendship, family entertainment and food allergy awareness.
Black Kids Twice as Likely to Have Food Sensitivities to Peanuts, Egg, Milk
"In a new study of 2-year-olds in Boston, black kids were twice as likely as white kids to have an immune response to foods such as peanuts, milk, and eggs, and almost four times as likely to have a 'sensitization' to three or more foods."
African Ancestry Boosts Peanut Allergy Risk
"For every 10 per cent increase in African ancestry ... there was a 25 per cent increased risk of having peanut antibodies at levels associated with allergy."
Open Oral Food Challenges Find Many Patients Not Allergic to Suspected Food
Over a 22 month period, Mount Sinai School of Medicine performed 701 open food challenges and only 18.8% of the challenges were "positive" (i.e. elicited a reaction). The majority of those reactions were treatable with antihistamine and only 12 reactions required epinephrine.
CDC Updates Their Flu Vaccine Recommendations Regarding Egg Allergy
Thanks in part to the studies and work done by KFA's medical advisor, Dr. Matthew Greenhawt, the CDC has released new guidelines regarding the influenza vaccine and those affected by egg allergy.
Children's Allergies Require Schools, Parents to Remain Alert
Dr. Todd Green, medical advisor to KFA, explains that avoidance is the only current treatment for food allergy.
Teaching Elementary Students About Food Allergies
Dr. Michael Pistiner, medical advisor to KFA, created this short video to teach elementary school students why kids with food allergies need to do things a bit differently. It is designed to increase understanding, encourage children to support their classmates and discourage bullying.
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New Babysitter Faints During EpiPen Demo
In a strange turn of events, a mom has to call 911 when her new babysitter faints during EpiPen training.
School Nurse Wants My 5-year-old to Self-Carry Epinephrine
Does your child self-carry their emergency epinephrine, or is it stored at different locations throughout the school?
A Daycare Charges More for a Child with Food Allergies
One member is alerted by her daycare provider that due to the extra responsibilities that food allergies require, her rates will be increased.
Food Alerts! Have you checked the Allergy Recall Alerts section at KFA recently? The following foods were recently recalled:
U.S. Allergy Recalls
- Quaker Oats Company: Chewy Smashbar Graham Pretzel snack bars (undeclared milk)
Pure Encapsulations: Prenatal Nutrients (undeclared egg)
- Signature Cafe: Grille Chicken Caesar Salad (undeclared egg)
- Silva Sausage: Smoked Chicken Apple Sausage (undeclared milk)
- Taylor Farms: Caesar Pasta Layered Salad & Signature Cafe Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad (undeclared egg)
- Central Market: Pretzel Logic Cookies (undeclared treenuts)
- Ajinotmo Frozen Foods: Vegetable Gyoza Dumplings (undeclared fish and shellfish)
- Harry and David: Dark Chocolate Fleur de Sel Moose Munch (undelcared wheat)
- YoCream International: Nonfat NY Cheesecake Frozen Yogurt Mix (undeclared egg)
Canadian Allergy Recalls
- Guenther's Bakery Ltd.: Multigrain Cookies (undeclared milk)
- Possmei Brand: Tea Flavour Mix Powder (undeclared milk)
- Double Food Trading: Tapioca Starch Pearls (undeclared sulfites)
- McBuns Bakery: Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookies (undeclared soy and milk)
- McBuns Bakery: various bakery items (undeclared sulfites and soy)
- YoCream: Non-Fat New York Style Cheesecake Frozen Yogurt Mix (undeclared egg)
- Gelato Factory: Tiramisu (undelcared wheat and egg)
- Asian Delight: Chicken Samosa & Halal Pakora (undeclared soy)
- Circle K: Various Sandwiches (undeclared egg)
- Indianlife Brand: Plain Papadums (undeclared gluten)
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