May 23, 2013
How to Help Food Allergy Families in Oklahoma
Monday, May 20, Moore, Oklahoma experienced a tornado. The tornado caused vast devastation, including many fatalities and injuries. As Food Allergy parents, some of us survivors of the recent Hurricane Sandy that hit the East Coast in 2012, we are mindful of what this will mean in the weeks ahead as survivors are moved to shelters. In the shelters, survivors of the tornado will rely on food from food banks, churches, the Red Cross and FEMA.
The Kids With Food Allergies Disaster Committee reached out to a support group in Oklahoma who will be accepting food-allergy friendly donations, including gluten-free foods and elemental formulas in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. We are waiting to hear from other food banks on whether or not they will be accepting or prefer cash, small boxes, or palettes of food.
The Oklahoma Food Allergy Support Group has secured the following locations that will be able to accept donations:
Attn: Becky Matlack and Oklahoma Food Allergy Support Group
The Cherokee Hills Church of Christ
6724 NW 63
Oklahoma City, OK 73132
(food or cash donations)
Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
3355 S Purdue Ave
Oklahoma City, OK 73137
If you would like to send a food donation, please label your box "Moore, OK: Food Allergy Friendly Food" on the outside.
Please follow KFA's Leadership blog for updates and more information on this disaster relief effort.
These tornadoes are reminders to parents of children with food allergies and/or asthma to set up an emergency plan tailored to your family's needs: Food Allergy Disaster Emergency Plan Preparedness.
Our hearts and prayers go out to the town of Moore, OK. If you are a support group leader or active in your local food allergy or asthma community, please let me know if you'd like to help serve on the Kids With Food Allergies Disaster Committee. Our mission is to have a base in every major city in the United States.
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Parties, Playdates and Babysitters - Oh, My!
Tips for Drop Off Parties, Playdates, and Using Babysitters and Caregivers
In recognition of national Asthma and Allergy month, we are hosting a free online webinar (meeting) to help educate and spread awareness about how to care for a child with food allergies.
Dr. Sarah Boudreau-Romano and Dr. Michael Pistiner will talk about safe transitions for children with food allergies at drop off parties and play dates, and when using babysitters and caregivers. They will bring their perspectives as pediatric allergists and parents of children with food allergies, and will share their experiences and challenges. They will review important things caregivers need to know to prevent allergic reactions and to be prepared to respond to an allergy emergency.
Michael Pistiner, MD, MMSc, is chair of KFA's Medical Advisory Team and is a frequent guest speaker in our educational webinars. He is also co-founder of AllergyHome.org. Sarah Boudreau-Romano, MD, is founder of TheAllergistMom.com and joined Dr. Pistiner last fall for our webinar on celebrating holidays with food allergies.
This FREE webinar is made possible by an unrestricted educational grant provided by Mylan.
Faces of Food Allergies and Food Allergy Awareness Week
Thank you for joining us in spreading awareness about food allergies last week. We had nearly 1,000 photos submitted of happy, beautiful children. We shared food allergy facts which can be found at any time on our blog and shared. May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, so we will continue our efforts to educate about these life-threatening diseases. Thank you for your support!
Looking for Free Food Allergy Education Tools?
Each month, KFA hosts experts in their fields to dicuss a topic related to food allergies in a live online meeting (webinar). These webinars are recorded and converted to video so that they can be watched and shared at any time. The content in these webinars is very valuable, so we urge you to watch and share these one-hour videos.
A Message from Our Sponsors
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Food Allergy News and Research
PA Senator Wants Schools Ready for Allergic Emergencies
Senator Matt Smith recently introduced legislation that would require Pennsylvania schools to have epinephrine auto-injectors on hand for the treatment of food allergy reactions.
Minnesota Passes Epinephrine in Schools Legislation (PDF)
Congratulations, Minnesota! The Education Conference Committee report (which included a provision to stock undesignated epinephrine) was passed by the Minnesota House of Representatives and Senate over the weekend. It is now on its way to the Governor to be signed into law!
Twins Create Life-Saving Allergy Device (CNN Video)
CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta profiles twins with severe allergies who developed a device to help other allergy sufferers.
Food Allergy Facts
Food Allergy Awareness: Risk Factors for Developing Food Allergy
Did you know?
Family history of allergic diseases and the presence of eczema are risk factors for the development of both sensitization to food and confirmed food allergy.
Source: NIH Publication, Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Food Allergy in the United States: Summary for Patients, Families, and Caregivers. (Download PDF)
Allergy Buyer's Guide
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!
How Do You Handle Siblings Without Allergies?
If one child has food allergies, and the other doesn't, how do you handle foods in the home?
I Left My Boys with a Babysitter for the First Time
After all the preparation of ensuring the kids would be safe, this mom had a reaction while out at date night.
For Severely Milk-Allergic: What is Real Life Like?
How in the world do you live a busy, full life avoiding something so common as milk?
NEW on Our Community: Our community hosts "Clips" (images, videos) categorized into "Sets" (albums). You can see thousands of pictures of other children living full lives with food allergies. Sometimes seeing that you are not alone is really powerful: Faces of Food Allergies.
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:
Foster Farms Grilled Chicken Breast Strips Boneless & Skinless with Rib Meat (wheat, soy)
Next by Nature: Dark Chocolate Bananas (milk, treenuts)
Savoie's Cajun Singles: Louisiana Pork and Chicken Stew (milk, soy)
Hannaford: Gourmet Cookies (peanuts, treenuts)
IGA: Vanilla and Chocolate Ice Cream (coconut, soy, treenuts)
Pure Herbs: Protein Extract (milk, soy)
Whole Foods: Curried Chicken Salad and Vegan Chick'n Salad (egg, soy, chicken)
Xymogen: artriphen supplement (milk, soy)
Milk Allergy Alerts:
Jolly Good Melton Mowbray Brand: Pie
LL Bakery White Farm Enriched White Breat, Butter Farm Enriched White Bread and Italian Cream Danish
Canadian Allergy Recalls
Milk Allergy Alerts:
Rococo Fine Foods: Nut Products
Sesame Allergy Alerts:
Skinny B: Dragons' Blend Breakfast Cereal
Tree Nut Allergy Alerts:
The Bakery Counter: Caramel Apple Cinnamon Pudding Ring Cake
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