| January 25, 2012
Has Your Child Ever Been Teased, Harrassed or Bullied Because of Food Allergy?
In 2010, we shared news with you of a study that indicated more than 30% of children with food allergy have been bullied due to their condition. Examples of food allergy bullying can include taunting and threatening the food-allergic student with his/her allergen. In a recent CBC News report, a young Canadian boy describes how a classmate rubbed nut-contaminated hands on his shoulder, triggering fear and panic in the nut-allergic student.
While many schools have anti-bullying programs, these initiatives may have overlooked allergy bullying.
Our kids have enough challenges as it is without adding teasing or bullying as an additional risk to their physical, social and emotional well-being. Students with food allergies live with restricted diets and are left out of many activities other kids can fully enjoy. Whether teasing or other actions taken against our kids are intended to be malicious or not, it always needs to be taken seriously and addressed swiftly.
5 Steps on How Parents Can Help Combat Bullying
* Talk with your child. Listen and validate their feelings about food allergies.
* Involve your child in problem-solving how to handle social situations to help them feel more in control.
* Role play may help children feel prepared. Help your child rehearse language to use for common situations that may arise.
* Educate those around you about food allergies and bullying. Take steps to educate school personnel and other caregivers. The more information others are armed with, the more supportive they can be.
* Instill trust by explaining to your children that they should always tell you if they are being teased or bullied because of food allergy. Let them know it is important to tell their feelings and it is not tattling; it is standing up for themselves and being responsible for their own health and well-being.
Work with your school and others to help raise awareness of this issue and spread the message that bullying of our kids due to food allergies is just wrong.
Lynda Mitchell and the KFA Team
Save the Date! 4th Annual Strides for Safe Kids™ KFA Fundraiser in Philadelphia
KFA's biggest event of the year has been scheduled for September 9th, 2012. More details coming soon!
Experience the Magic of a Allergy-Friendly Disney Vacation!
Book your Disney vacation with My Magic Journeys and mention "KFA" — 4% of your package total will be donated to KFA at no additional cost to you! Disney travel agent Lissa Critz specializes in traveling to Disney with food allergies. You'll get the guaranteed lowest price, personalized itinerary planning, including assistance with Disney's Special Diets teams, and you'll help support the good work that KFA does for food-allergic families. Even if you already have a Disney vacation booked, you may still qualify for the KFA promotion!
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New Website for the International Association for Food Protein Enterocolitis
The International Association for Food Protein Enterocolitis (IAFFPE) is a new nonprofit organization that provides education, support, and advocacy for individuals with Food Protein-Induced Enterocolitis Syndrome (FPIES) and their families.
A Message from Our Sponsor
Of Course There Should Be Epinephrine in Our Schools
Colette Martin writes an editorial for Forbes explaining why epinephrine should be as commonplace in schools as ambulances at football games, defibrillators on campus and choking education in cafeterias.
The School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act has been introduced in Congress as Senate Bill 1884 and has been referred to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.
Deaths Show Schools Need Power of the EpiPen
Margaret Carlson shares compelling arguments to support the availability of undesignated EpiPens for general use in school clinics. "Americans simply don't take allergies as seriously as, say, a potential heart attack, expecting that they produce at worse a rash or an upset stomach."
Anaphylaxis from Substances Applied to the Skin
"In addition to its possible role in provoking acute allergic symptoms, the skin is becoming increasingly recognized as the likely initial source of some types of sensitization...evidence suggesting that the initial sensitization of children to peanuts may be the result of skin contact with peanut butter in the home.
The skin is the largest organ in the human body. It should be respected as a route of allergen delivery for both allergic sensitization and allergic provocation."
An Allergic Storm: The Science of Anaphylaxis Explained
An allergist and mother to food-allergic children explains exactly what happens in the body during an allergic reaction to help educate and empower other parents.
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!
Click to visit the website of Wegmans
Twice per year, KFA has been bringing you comprehensive New Allergy-Friendly Foods reports. We'd like to bring the information to you faster, so we will be including New Food Finds in our issues of KFA eNews. The information shared here is for your convenience only, it is not an endorsement or guarantee of the product's safety. Please read the ingredient labels and contact the manufacturers if needed to confirm the safety of a product for your child.
Amy's Vegan Margherita Pizza with Daiya Cheese
A new dairy-free pizza from Amy's: vegan Margherita pizza using Daiya's dairy-free and soy-free mozzarella cheese shreds.
Contains wheat and coconut. Be aware that they also make a dairy-based Margherita pizza, so be sure to read labels carefully.
Barney Butter Peanut-Free Almond Products
Barney Butter now sells almond meal/flour, blanched & roasted almonds, raw almonds and sliced almonds in addition to their almond butter. Gluten-free, peanut-free and manufactured in an almond-only facility.
CocoYo and CocoKefir
CocoYo is a new dairy-free, yogurt-like probiotic that is also soy-free, gluten-free and low in sugar.
CocoKefir is a
probiotic drink made from coconut water. Different flavors are available.
Dakota Prairie Specialty Flours
Dakota Prairie offers organic and gluten-free artisan flours and mixes that are processed in a dedicated gluten-free facility.
They do also process soy, coconut and almond flours; as well as have a peanut butter flavored cookie mix, so be sure to confirm safety of their products if you need to avoid those allergens.
Eco Planet Toaster Pastries
These frosted toaster pastries are free of the top 8 allergens and are the first gluten-free toaster pastry product.
These may not be available in stores yet.
Heidi Ho Organics Vegan Feta Crumbles
Made from non-GMO soy, these vegan feta crumbles are dairy-free and gluten-free.
Some of Heidi Ho's other products do contain tree nuts, so be sure to confirm safety of this product for your child if you are dealing with a tree nut allergy.
King Soba Ramen Noodles
These brown rice or buckwheat ramen noodles are wheat- and gluten-free. The factory may handle nut and sesame products, so be sure to confirm safety of this product if you need to avoid those allergens.
Olivio Coconut Spread (Margarine/Butter Alternative)
Olivio's new organic coconut-based spread contains coconut oil, palm oil, water, sea salt, canola lecithin and guar gum.
Plentils from Enjoy Life Foods
Free from the top 8 common allergens and also gluten-free, these new lentil chips from Enjoy Life Foods come in 4 different flavors. According to Enjoy Life Foods, these chips are also vegan and do not contain MSG, mustard nor sesame.
Surf Sweets Limited-Edition Fruity Hearts for Valentine's Day
Made in a nut-free facility, these cherry and watermelon flavored Fruity Hearts are gluten-free, milk-free, and vegan. For more information visit their website.
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Uneducated Friends Are Hurtful
"I am so tired of people not understanding food allergies and pretending like they do."
What Is Your Grocery Budget?
"We are budgeting for the new year and trying to figure out how to get our grocery budget down."
Food Alerts! Have you checked the Allergy Recall Alerts section at KFA recently? The following foods were recently recalled:
U.S. Allergy Recalls
- JKS Wholesale SVCS: Torta de Pan (undeclared milk)
- Rexall: Calcium 1200 mg plus Vitamin D 1000IU Softgels (undeclared shellfish)
- BIGS: Dill Pickle Sunflower Seeds (undeclared soy)
- Price Chopper Supermarkets: Stuffed Clam (undeclared egg, milk, wheat)
- Countryfare: Lasagna Dinner Mix (undeclared soy)
- Herbadashery LLC: Pine Ridge BBQ and Dipping Sauce and Pine Ridge JalapeÑo BBQ and Dipping Sauce (undeclared fish)
- Safeway Snack Artist: Sugar Free Bite-Sized Chocolate Chip Cookies (undeclared egg, milk)
- Blount Fine Foods: Rip Roar'N Crab Soup (undeclared milk, shellfish, wheat)
Canadian Allergy Recalls
- Earthly Goodness: Golden Apple Nut Free Organic Bar (undeclared treenuts)
- Kettleman Bagel Company: various products (undeclared milk, soy, sulfites)
- House of Brussels Chocolates: Hedgehogs (undeclared treenuts)
- Kingo: Sliced Mushrooms (undeclared sulfites)
- Whole Foods Market: Dairy Free bakery products (undeclared milk)
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