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Helping your child cope with feeling left out and their emotions about their diagnosis

Your input can shape our future!
SURVEY ENDS FRIDAY!

Live chat about school and Halloween JOIN US FRIDAY

Hundreds attend expo for food allergies

What you may not know about food allergy

What the school community needs to know

Food-specific IgE tests aren't enough evidence to warrant elimination diets

Can severe reactions be predicted for peanut allergy?

Sending your child to school (PBS)

Learn more about Neocate

KFA special offer for MedicAlert

Divvies, Wegmans and Surf Sweets

Overnight camping alone?

Finding it hard to make friends

What's the birthday party protocol?

Food allergy recall warnings





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September 28, 2011

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Does Your Child Feel Left Out?
Grief, Anxiety, Depression Children cope with their food allergies in different ways. Learn how parents can help their children cope with their emotions when they are feeling left out; how children may exhibit signs of grief and anxiety; and when you may need to seek the help of a behavioral health professional.

Read Social Security: How to keep your food-allergic child from feeling left out.

Kids With Food Allergies Foundation has an extensive resource center that helps answer questions like these for parents and caregivers like you, which in turn benefits the health and well-being of food-allergic children.



Announcements

Tell Us What You Think About KFA!   ENDS SOON!
Please take our short survey anytime between now and September 30, 2011. The survey only takes about 10-15 minutes to complete and will allow KFA to better meet your needs and the needs of other families. Also, by filling out the survey, you can enter a drawing to receive a $100 Amazon gift card.


Join Us For a Live Chat on Friday!   FOR KFA FAMILY MEMBERS
On Friday, September 30, at 10 am Pacific, we will hold a live chat for KFA Family Members. Come and share how the current school year is going and how to prepare for Halloween. The chat will be hosted by our Assistant Community Manager, Megan Clarke.

Live chats are one of the many benefits of KFA Family Membership. If you are not yet a Family Member, upgrade your membership today or if you cannot afford the fee, request a sponsored membership *today*.


Thank You For Taking Strides for Safe Kids
Kids With Food Allergies Foundation held its 3rd annual food allergy expo and fundraiser — Strides for Safe Kids — earlier this month.

Xavier gave our expo a thumbs up! Hundreds of people attended our expo and fundraiser on September 11, 2011. We would like to thank all of our supporters who attended, made donations, supported a fundraising team or volunteered. It is with your help and support that our charity is helping families keep their food-allergic kids safe, healthy and happy.

A special thank you to the individuals and companies who made in-kind donations, sponsored our event, exhibitied or performed: Plymouth Meeting Mall, PREIT Cares, Dey, Kyle Dine, Elmwood Park Zoo, Carlson Labs, EleCare, Enjoy Life, MedicAlert, Neocate, Sunbutter, Whole Foods Market, Ian's Natural Foods, I.M. Healthy Soynut Butter, Sweetness Allergy Friendly Bakery, Lori Langer, Robyn Graham Photography, T&L Photography, NoNuttin, California Pizza Kitchen, Dave and Busters, Surf Sweets, Jules Thin Crust Pizza, KatieCare Productions, Namaste Foods, Smith Prints, Jeff Miller, and the Philadelphia Phillies!


View more photos from our Expo & Fundraiser on KFA's Flickr set
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News


Nine Things About Food Allergy You Might Not Know
"Allergic Living asked Dr. Phil Lieberman, clinical professor of medicine and pediatrics at the University of Tennesse's College of Medicine (and father and grandfather to food-allergic children), for answers to nine food allergy questions you've been wondering about but haven't had a chance to ask."


Back to School with Food Allergies: What the School Community Needs to Know
"Knowing why it is that kids with food allergies need to do things a bit differently can go a long way to keeping school communities from dividing over food allergy issues."


Food-Specific IgE Tests Aren't Sufficient Evidence for Eliminating Foods from a Child's Diet
A study of children on food elimination diets (based on positive IgE tests) used oral food challenges (OFCs) to determine if the foods could be tolerated. The results found 84-93% of the foods being avoided were tolerated and were successfully returned to the child's diet.

Can Severe Reactions in Peanut Allergic Children Be Predicted?
To date, it is not possible to predict the severity of food allergic reactions in the individual patient with accuracy; but several risk factors for severe anaphylaxis are known. Recent studies show that reactions to lower doses of peanut are associated with higher risk of anaphylaxis.

Sending Your Child to School with Food Allergies
Lynda Mitchell, president of Kids With Food Allergies Foundation, and Dr. Michael Pistiner (medical advisor for KFA) share tips with PBS about sending your food-allergic child to school.




A Message from Our Sponsor
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Allergy Buyer's Guide

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!


Divvies
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Wegmans
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Medic Alert
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MedicAlert is offering a special discount to KFA families: Save up to 25%

Protect your child (and yourself) with a MedicAlert medical ID; the only medical IDs with exclusive, live 24/7 emergency response and family notification services. For the KFA-exclusive price of $25, your child will receive one year of MedicAlert Kid Smart membership services and a FREE MedicAlert ID. Additionally, MedicAlert is offering KFA families a 25% discount on MedicAlert Advantage membership (for adults 18 and older). Use Promotional Code 9039 (Adults) and 9040 (Kids) during check-out to receive this KFA-exclusive discount.

Surf Sweets
Surf Sweets are all natural and organic gummy candies and jelly beans that are free of the 10 most common allergens. Made with organic sweeteners and Vitamin C, our products are free of corn syrup and artificial dyes. They're fruitfully delicious, and known to cause a smile or two, or three! Send some extra love back to school with Surf Sweets' Snack Pack Multi-Packs. They make great BACK to SCHOOL treats! Multi-Packs are available in Gummy Bears and Sour Berry Bears. For more information, visit: www.surfsweets.com.




Must Read Forum Discussions

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Overnight Camping Alone?
Is it safe or possible to send your food-allergic child on a camping trip without you?

Finding It Hard to Make Friends
Have you and your child been left out of playdates or parties due to food allergies? Are your friends afraid of your child's food allergies?

What's the Birthday Party Protocol?
When you RSVP, do you mention the food allergies? Will bringing your own snack or cupcake offend the host?



Food Allergy Recalls

Food Alerts! Have you checked the Allergy Recall Alerts section at KFA recently? The following foods were recently recalled:


U.S. Allergy Recalls

  • Rich Products Corporation: Sea Pak Breaded Butterfly Shrimp Ready to Fry (undeclared milk)
  • Mattern Sausage: Tongue & Blood Sausage (undeclared soy)
  • M & P Food Production Ltd.: Beef, Pork, and Chicken Dumplings (undeclared milk)
  • Strong America Ltd.: Huipu Chinese Wolfberry (undeclared sulfites)
  • Falcon Trading Company Inc/SunRidge Farms: All Natural Milk Chocolate Cranberries (undeclared peanut)
  • Chocolate Decadence: Multiple Chocolate products (undeclared milk)
  • Watkins Inc.: SoyNilla (undeclared milk)
  • BUI Natural Tofu: Shrimp Salad Roll & Vegetarian Salad Roll (undeclared soy and wheat)
  • Best Food Cash & Carry: Deer Brand "Raisin Golden" (undeclared sulfites)

Canadian Allergy Recalls

  • Guenther's Bakery Ltd.: Multigrain Cookies (undeclared milk)
  • Solo Fruit Brand: Dark Chocolate Sorbet (undeclared milk)
  • Smucker Foods: Red River Hot Cereal (undeclared soy)
  • Nougat d'Or brand: Honey Almond Nougat (undeclared milk)
  • European Market: Bakery Breads (undeclared milk)
  • Five Continents: Hong Kong Zhi Zun Fu Gui Moon Cake (undeclared egg)
  • Trojan brand: Instant Fruit Latte (undeclared milk)
  • Tulipa Croissanteria & Salao De Cha: Baked Goods (undeclared milk and sulfites)
  • Uncle T Food Ltd.: Sweet Potato Shape Snack, Turbinate Shape Snack, and Korean Snack products (undeclared peanuts)


Project Manager: Lynda Mitchell
Editor: Melanie Carver
Proofreaders: Jen Blanford, Melanie Croft, Elyse Hahne



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