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The tremendous importance of food allergy awareness

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FoodFacts.com wanted to devote this blog post in honor of 13-year-old Natalie Giorgi who tragically died on Saturday, July 27th from a severe allergic reaction

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It is critical parents make people and schools aware of your child's food allergy. 

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This tragic story warns us that we can never be too careful when it comes to allergens. 

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Traveling Safely with Allergies

Traveling Safely with Allergies | Children and Food Allergies | Scoop.it
Holiday season usually means lots of travel and road trips for families. And for anyone with allergies that means knowing what to avoid on the trip.
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The Scare of a Hidden Food: Read Labels Carefully

The Scare of a Hidden Food: Read Labels Carefully | Children and Food Allergies | Scoop.it
Hidden food allergies for food ingredients can turn up almost anywhere. Be aware of the many different names by which allergen foods are called.
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Knowing how to read labels, recognize and avoid potential allergens in food can be tricky. But knowing what ingredient labels mean for food allergies is key to avoid potentially dangerous reactions. Ingredients derived from common food allergens may be listed under many different names on the label, and they can be just as dangerous as the allergen itself in terms of causing allergic reactions.

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Food Allergy Risk Reduction - What is the FARR Program?

Food Allergy Risk Reduction - What is the FARR Program? | Children and Food Allergies | Scoop.it
Similar to the LEAP Study, we've used similar measures to take another step toward identifying & testing for food allergy. Here’s how the FARR program works
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Allergy Partners of North Texas, formerly Dallas Food Allergy Center was motivated by the new LEAP study and made the decision to move forward quickly with a program based on similar measures, but taking another step toward identifying and testing differently. Here’s how the FARR program works.

 

Selected infants, usually less than one year old, who have not had a reaction to the food of concern are skin tested to that food. Infants whose skin test is negative or mildly positive are then challenged with the food (peanut, milk or egg) over several hours. If there is no reaction, the parents are instructed to administer the specified quantity of food at least three times a week at home.

 
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Food Allergies Shouldn't Define Who You Are. Bullying Begone

Food Allergies Shouldn't Define Who You Are. Bullying Begone | Children and Food Allergies | Scoop.it
When parents were aware of the bullying, the child’s quality of life was reported to be much better than that of children whose parents were not involved.
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“I was just joking!” No doubt, you’ve heard it many times. It’s called a bully’s defense. It’s the scapegoat phrase that every bully, at one time or another, has used to squirm out of taking responsibility for their cruel actions.

 

But when it comes to food allergy bullies, there is no place for jokes or for bullying. Food allergies are most certainly no joke. Just ask any of the millions of kids who have one or more food allergies. One in every 13 children in the U.S. has a food allergy, according to the nonprofit Food Allergy Research & Education.

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LEAP Inspires a New Program Called FARR

LEAP Inspires a New Program Called FARR | Children and Food Allergies | Scoop.it
Allergy Partners of North Texas, formerly Dallas Food Allergy Center motivated by new LEAP study, creates new program (FARR) Program.
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FARRTM  The Food Allergy Risk Reduction Program


Plenty of buzz has been generated surrounding the LEAP Study (Learning Early About Peanut Allergy) which revealed an 80% reduction in the rate of peanut allergy among high risk infants by early exposure to peanut.

 

Allergy Partners of North Texas, formerly Dallas Food Allergy Center was motivated by the new LEAP study and made the decision to move forward quickly with a program, based on similar measures, but taking another step toward identifying and testing differently. The program is the Food Allergy Risk Reduction (FARR) Program and here’s how it works.

 

Selected infants, usually under one year of age, who have not had a reaction to the food of concern are skin tested to that food. Infants whose skin test is negative or mildly positive are then challenged with the food (milk, egg or peanut) over a several hour period. If there is no reaction, the parents are instructed to administer the specified quantity of food at least three times a week at home.

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FARRTM  The Food Allergy Risk Reduction Program

 

Plenty of buzz has been generated surrounding the LEAP Study (Learning Early About Peanut Allergy) which revealed an 80% reduction in the rate of peanut allergy among high risk infants by early exposure to peanut.

 

Allergy Partners of North Texas, formerly Dallas Food Allergy Center was motivated by the new LEAP study and made the decision to move forward quickly with a program, based on similar measures, but taking another step toward identifying and testing differently. The program is the Food Allergy Risk Reduction (FARR) Program and here’s how it works.

 

Selected infants, usually under one year of age, who have not had a reaction to the food of concern are skin tested to that food. Infants whose skin test is negative or mildly positive are then challenged with the food (milk, egg or peanut) over a several hour period. If there is no reaction, the parents are instructed to administer the specified quantity of food at least three times a week at home.

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Food-Allergic Teenagers - Dallas Allergy

Food-Allergic Teenagers - Dallas Allergy | Children and Food Allergies | Scoop.it

A best case scenario for food-allergic teenagers is an open dialog with parents, friends and especially their allergist.

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Too often the pressure to fit in with their peers causes some teens to get caught up in taking risks with their food allergies. Risky behaviors such as not reading labels and eating foods that could contain allergens, as well as not carrying emergency medicine when out with friends, are some of the most common.

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Food Allergy Management and Prevention for School Nurses

This presentation was created as a food allergy guide for nurses working in a school setting. The goals of the presentation include: 1. Recognize signs and s…
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A food allergy presentation developed specifally for school nurses. The more educators and school staff know about food allergies, including preventation and management, the safer the school.  

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Enjoy a ‘No Fear of Food’ Halloween

Enjoy a ‘No Fear of Food’ Halloween | Children and Food Allergies | Scoop.it
It really is possible to have a fun, happy Halloween without the worry of food allergies and fear of food.
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Tips on how to have a food allergy friendly Halloween that is fun! 

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Children with Food Allergies Can Have Fun, Safe Field Trips

Children with Food Allergies Can Have Fun, Safe Field Trips | Children and Food Allergies | Scoop.it
Some tips for you and your child with food allergies - As the child gets older, they will take on more of the responsibility to stay safe on field trips
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3 Back-to-School Topics for Parents of Kids w/ Food Allergies

3 Back-to-School Topics for Parents of Kids w/ Food Allergies | Children and Food Allergies | Scoop.it
3 important topics for children with food allergies and their parents: 1) Your Food Allergy Action Plan, 2) Dealing with Bullies, 3) Fun Lunches for School.
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Three things parents of food allergic children should consider at the beginning of the school year.  We threw in a few allergy friendly lunch recipes too! 

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Yummy Recipes for Food-Allergic Kids’ Birthday Cakes

Yummy Recipes for Food-Allergic Kids’ Birthday Cakes | Children and Food Allergies | Scoop.it
Your child may feel less isolated or different if you make and share some of the delicious, recipes shown here.
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Food Allergy Education Using Role Playing

Food Allergy Education Using Role Playing | Children and Food Allergies | Scoop.it
Food allergy education using role playing will assist your child in responding better to real life situations involving food.
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Parents of Food-Allergic Children Gain Insight by Sharing Experiences

Parents of Food-Allergic Children Gain Insight by Sharing Experiences | Children and Food Allergies | Scoop.it
Sharing with other parents is a valuable way to find a supportive group that shares and understands your challenges of having food-allergic children.
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Don't Invite Food Allergies To Thanksgiving Dinner

Don't Invite Food Allergies To Thanksgiving Dinner | Children and Food Allergies | Scoop.it
When food is everywhere you go during the holidays, it’s nearly impossible to guarantee an ‘allergen-free’ meal.
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Ah, the holiday season. Most people look forward to the hustle bustle of family get-togethers, and the food and feasting that go along with it; although families that have food allergies to consider must take a more precautionary approach.

 

Even though there are 15 million people who suffer with food allergies, it can still feel like an uphill, lonely battle at times, as though friends and family simply don’t seem to fully understand the seriousness of food allergies. Well-meaning relatives who, either don’t take food allergy seriously or simply don’t know, think it is okay for a food-allergic child to have “just a taste” of a potentially life-threatening food.

 

When food is everywhere you go during the holidays, from Grandmother’s house to Aunt Martha’s Thanksgiving dinner, it’s nearly impossible to guarantee an ‘allergen-free’ meal. And, all too often, it is the “hidden ingredients” like seafood or nuts in stuffing and cranberry relish that are the culprits.

 

Learn some helpful tips to avoid food allergies during the holidays or anytime.

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What is the Process of Food Allergy Testing?

What is the Process of Food Allergy Testing? | Children and Food Allergies | Scoop.it
Food allergy testing is an important step if you or someone you know suspect food allergies.
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An accurate diagnosis history of food allergy begins with a detailed history of specific symptoms associated with consuming specific foods. A food allergy evaluation should be performed by a board certified allergist with expertise in evaluating and managing food allergies. A diagnosis of food allergy is not made by simply ordering a panel of blood tests, as the results of these tests must be correlated with the patient’s history of allergic reactions to the food(s) in question. In the absence of a correlating, the predictive value of a positive food allergy test is not much better than 50%. A positive allergy test for a food suggests the possibility of an allergic reaction, but does not predict the severity of that reaction nor the amount of food required to trigger it.

 

Symptoms of a food allergic reaction typically start within a few minutes after eating the allergenic food. Such reactions usually include itching and/or swelling of the mouth, throat and face and may progress to wheezing, difficulty breathing, abdominal cramping, nausea, vomiting and even anaphylactic shock. Severe allergic reactions may be triggered by ingesting tiny amounts of food protein. The most common foods causing more than 85% of allergic reactions include milk, egg, wheat soy, peanut, tree nuts, fish and shellfish.

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Food Allergy Misdiagnosis: Know the Facts

Food Allergy Misdiagnosis: Know the Facts | Children and Food Allergies | Scoop.it
Food allergy is a serious medical condition affecting 1 in 13 children, and it’s rising. The increase appears to be real, as is the increase in misdiagnosis
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Food allergy is a serious medical condition affecting up to 15 million people in the United States, including 1 in 13 children; and it’s rising. While the increase appears to be real, so does the increase in misdiagnosis.

 

Families are needlessly avoiding certain foods and spending hundreds of dollars on costly non-allergenic supplements. Misdiagnosed allergies can even put children at risk for malnutrition.

 

There’s also the chance that avoiding food in the mistaken fear of allergy may be making the overall problem worse, making children more sensitive to certain foods when they finally do eat them.

 

The culprit appears to be the widespread use of simple blood tests for antibodies that could signal a reaction to food. The tests have emerged as an easy alternative to skin testing for practitioners who are not trained allergists, and “food challenge” tests, which measure a child’s reaction to eating certain foods under a doctor’s supervision.

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Back to School with Food Allergies

Back to School with Food Allergies | Children and Food Allergies | Scoop.it
Communication and awareness are imperative in making sure that your child with food allergies is going back to school safely.
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When you’re sending your child to school, managing the challenges and responsibilities of food allergies is a shared duty. Not only are parents accountable for their children’s safety at school, but also school administrators, school nurses, teachers, cafeteria staff and even bus drivers must be actively involved.

Communication and awareness are imperative in making sure that your food-allergic child is going back to school safely. Whether you’re a school nurse, teacher or administrator, the key to being prepared is:

 

1) Knowing how to recognize symptoms and administer medications quickly.
2) Have a written Food Allergy Action Plan.
3) Know when epinephrine must be immediately available.

 

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Eczema and Peanut Allergy: What’s the Connection? - Dallas Allergy

Eczema and Peanut Allergy: What’s the Connection? - Dallas Allergy | Children and Food Allergies | Scoop.it
Food allergy does not normally cause eczema, but having eczema may increase the chance that a food allergy develops.
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Managing One, Two or Multiple Food Allergies

Managing One, Two or Multiple Food Allergies | Children and Food Allergies | Scoop.it
Whether or not you have a child or family member with food allergies, take time to get involved. Find out what you can do to raise awareness.
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With Food Allergy Awareness Week beginning May 10th, the focus is on the challenges that millions of people face each day with the goal to create greater awareness and understanding.

 

While many people struggle with an allergy to one food, there are other individuals who battle multiple food allergies. Emmett Schulz is one of them. He is allergic to a host of foods that include: peanuts, tree nuts, egg, wheat, poppy, sesame, sunflower, mustard seeds, chickpea, pea, lentil, garlic, and salmon. And Emmett is only 2 years old.

 

Emmett’s mother spends hours in the grocery stores, foraging the aisles for food her child can tolerate. And she’s not alone. According to Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE), 5.9 million, or 1 in 13 children, suffer from food allergies.

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Help Your Food Allergic Child Feel Confident, Not Fearful

Help Your Food Allergic Child Feel Confident, Not Fearful | Children and Food Allergies | Scoop.it
By helping your food allergic child understand their food allergy they will gain more confidence and self-assurance.
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Safe Snacks and Food Sharing Tips for Food Allergic Kids

Safe Snacks and Food Sharing Tips for Food Allergic Kids | Children and Food Allergies | Scoop.it
Because some foods are more likely to cause an allergic reaction in food allergic kids than others, here are some simple snacks that are delicious and safe.
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When a School Tries to Split Up Epinephrine Auto Injectors

When a School Tries to Split Up Epinephrine Auto Injectors | Children and Food Allergies | Scoop.it
Have you ever been in a situation where something comes out of nowhere and you are too surprised to react?  A parent recently shared an experience that had all of us in a private Facebook group for...
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Twin packs of Epinephrine should never be split up. 

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Enhance ‘Quality of Life’ for Your Child w/ Oral Immunotherapy

Enhance ‘Quality of Life’ for Your Child w/ Oral Immunotherapy | Children and Food Allergies | Scoop.it
More than 80% of our patients who have been treated with Oral Immunotherapy (OIT) can now safely consume foods that once threatened their health.
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Teach Your Child How to Deal with Food Allergy Bullies

Teach Your Child How to Deal with Food Allergy Bullies | Children and Food Allergies | Scoop.it
Bullying is unacceptable behavior regardless of where it occurs, but children with a food allergy have a personal perspective of what bullying feels like.
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Food Allergy Books for Kids | FARE Blog

Food Allergy Books for Kids | FARE Blog | Children and Food Allergies | Scoop.it
A great way to raise awareness and educate children about food allergies is to donate a book about food allergies to a local school or public library. FARE has named May 18 as “Learning at Libraries Day,” on our Food ...
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