February 6, 2013
Preventing Allergic Reactions on Valentine's Day PREPARE NOW
A recent survey revealed that as many as one in three children with life-threatening allergies have experienced anaphylaxis on Valentine's Day. The survey also found that teens who date are at the most risk of a reaction as less than half of parents talk to their child about the risks posed by kissing and dating.
Prevention and preparedness are important for every situation when it comes to children with food allergies. Since Valentine's Day presents it own challenges, we have some special tips to help you ensure your child's (or teen's) safety on this holiday. Learn how to ACT and REACT.
Free Webinar: Celebrating Birthdays with Food Allergies SIGN UP NOW!
The next webinar we are offering in our free educational program will help you make your next birthday party a success. Join us with guest speaker Yael Weinstein and medical advisor Megan Edison, MD, FAAP. This online class is made possible by an unrestricted grant from EleCare.
Food Allergy News and Research
Valentine's Day Provides Families with Teachable Moments About Potentially Life-Threatening Allergies
A recent survey revealed that as many as one in three children with life-threatening allergies have experienced anaphylaxis on Valentine's Day.
Football Legend Jerome Bettis & Cookbook Guru Robin Miller Kick-off Auvi-Q™ Anaphylaxis Awareness Campaign
Allergy sufferers Jerome Bettis and Robin Miller are teaming up with Sanofi US to raise awareness of life-threatening allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) and spread the word that Auvi-Q™ (epinephrine injection) is now available by prescription in pharmacies nationwide.
Urgent: Food Allergy Research is At Risk
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) is doing important work at the federal level to fight for funding for food allergy research! Find out how to get involved, electronically send a letter to your legislators and sign up for action alerts!
FDA: Foods Must Contain What Label States
Regulations help to protect consumers against the intentional substitution of ingredients without declaring those ingredients in labeling (e.g. using an unlisted, less expensive ingredient to reduce the cost of manufacturing). Find out more about the FDA cracking down on misbranded foods and how you can report inaccurate labels to the FDA.
Lancaster Youth Copes with Rare Medical Condition (Eosinophilic Esophagitis)
How one teen copes with his severe food allergies while attending high school.
Food Allergy Book: What School Employees Need to Know (English and Spanish)
The National Education Association Health Information Network and the U.S. Department of Agriculture partnered to publish The Food Allergy Book: What School Employees Need to Know. It is available as a free download.
A Message from Our Sponsors
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Food Allergy Facts
Food Allergy Awareness: Outgrowing Food Allergies
Did you know?
Most children eventually outgrow milk, egg, soy, and wheat allergy. Fewer children outgrow peanut and tree nut allergy. Outgrowing a childhood allergy may occur as late as the teenage years.
Source: NIH Publication, Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Food Allergy in the United States: Summary for Patients, Families, and Caregivers.
Allergy Buyer's Guide
Must-Read Topics on our Support Forums
Our Kids With Food Allergies Foundation 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!
30,000 People Join Together to Make an Impact
We're excited to share that we just welcomed our 30,000th member to the Kids With Food Allergies community!
You and other parents, educators, physicians, caregivers and patients make up the largest online support community for food allergies. With your participation, we are spreading food allergy awareness, sharing practical management skills, and supporting one another as we strive to keep our children healthy, happy and safe.
Thanks to your input, we currently have over 50,000 topics and over 438,000 replies on our community. This has created a wealth of knowledge that is available to thousands of families free of charge.
Candy Hearts and Other Valentine Candies
"Has anyone found a safe candy heart?"
King Arthur Label Changes
The gluten-free products made by King Arthur have a new label. Members of our community contacted them to get an explanation of what it means.
How Do You Teach Your Little Ones About Their Food Allergies?
My little guy is turning 2 soon and he is trying to now grab at everything the older kids have on their plates."
NEW on Our Community: Did you know that you can see all of the live activity happening on our community by clicking on ACTIVITY? You will see either public content or internal content based on whether you are logged in to the community.
Valentine's Day Cake Pops
These lovely cake pops are made using allergy-friendly wacky cake, frosting and melted chocolate chips!
This is a fun recipe to use to teach your child kitchen skills: crumbling up cake, mixing with your hands, rolling balls, dipping chocolate...and
of course cleaning up the inevitable mess!
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:
Z Pro: High Protein Supplement (milk, soy)
Isabella Foods of El Paso: Green Chicken Tamales and Red Pork Tamales (soy, wheat)
Milk Allergy Alerts:
Nueske's: Applewood Smoked Liver Paté
Peanut Allergy Alerts:
Tropical Nut and Fruit Co.: Chia Recharged Stix Mix
Wheat Allergy Alerts:
Sunland Park: Cow Chips and Carne Seca Nativo Drive Beef Jerky
Canadian Allergy Recalls
Multiple Allergen Alerts:
Riverbend Plantation: Saskatoon Berry Chocolate Hearts (milk, treenut)
Siwin Foods: Various Dumplings and Pot Stickers (shellfish, soy, wheat)
Newfoundland Chocolates: Various products (egg, wheat)
Egg Allergy Alerts:
St. Hubert: Chicken Noodle Soup Mix
Mustard Allergy Alerts:
Savoury Express and Sub Delicious: Various products
Sulfite Allergy Alerts:
JB Brand: Apricots
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