Archive | September, 2011

Avoiding eating peanuts may not save children from allergy | Scoop News

27 Sep

Avoiding eating peanuts may not save children from allergy | Scoop News.

“A child doesn’t just suddenly become allergic to peanuts,” says Prof Le Gros. “Their immune system has to have seen the peanuts beforehand, and become sensitised to them. It is the resulting runaway immune response that is responsible for the symptoms of food allergy such as swelling, skin irritations and breathing difficulties.”

“Parents of allergic children will often say however that their child has never eaten peanuts, so we wanted to know how and why these children go on to develop peanut allergies.”

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KATHY AYCOCK: Food allergies cannot be cured » Standard-Times

26 Sep

KATHY AYCOCK: Food allergies cannot be cured » Standard-Times.

A good introduction  to food allergies.

It also should be known that specific food allergies are not contagious, nor are they inheritable. However, if a parent has a food allergy, then the child has a higher risk of developing a food allergy in general (not Mom’s or Dad’s specific allergy).

 

Back to School Food Allergy Stress: Child vs Parent | Nonuttin Notes

26 Sep

Back to School Food Allergy Stress: Child vs Parent | Nonuttin Notes.

Who knew that when starting at a new school that my food allergic child would cause more stress than the school itself? 

The team behind body+soul blogs on all things lifestyle – body+soul

25 Sep

The team behind body+soul blogs on all things lifestyle – body+soul.

“Food allergies are a public health issue and everybody has a role to play,” she says. “If you’re having children over for a birthday party or a play, or you’re a scout leader or even a volunteer at the school canteen, you need to be aware of allergies.

“Because it’s all about food, it encroaches on life generally for everyone.”

“But taking some small steps on a regular basis can help make our schools, homes and communities safer for children with severe allergies.

Dining Out With Food Allergies: Is It Safe To Assume…Anything? | Care2 Healthy Living

25 Sep

Dining Out With Food Allergies: Is It Safe To Assume…Anything? | Care2 Healthy Living.

some restaurants simply don’t want to deal with the culinary gymnastics required to deliver a truly allergen-free meal – not to mention the liability issue with serving up something that may have a trace of the dreaded allergen. The nature of some dietary requests, being so specific, that a full scrub down of the kitchen would be in order to assure a risk-free meal. Instead, some restaurants kindly refuse to play ball.


Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/dining-out-with-food-allergies-is-it-safe-to-assume-anything.html#ixzz1YsfZoTXd

May Contain Traces Of Confusion – Deciphering Food Labels | Edible Issues

24 Sep

May Contain Traces Of Confusion – Deciphering Food Labels | Edible Issues.

Once upon a time I only checked food labels for the calories or fat content. That all changed the day food became the enemy in our house.

I’m now an expert label reader. I can tell you what all those gobblygooky names mean, I can squint and decipher the tiny print on overseas products, I even know what those numbers are next to the preservatives.

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4 Ways to Empower Kids with Food Allergies

24 Sep

4 Ways to Empower Kids with Food Allergies.

According to a recent study by the Jaffe Food Allergy Institute at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, 30% of students with food allergies have been bullied or teased by their peers about their allergy.

 

Ask Teachers to Talk about Food Allergies in the Classroom
In many instances, food allergy bullying stems from a lack of understanding. Young children who have never been exposed to food allergies might have trouble comprehending the dire consequences that can arise when a food allergic child is exposed to certain allergens. Teachers can help alleviate this issue by starting the school year off with a discussion about food allergies. Social worker Judy S. Freedman, author of “Easing the Teasing” suggests using books such as “Taking Food Allergies to School” by Helen Weiner as a springboard for this type of discussion.  

 

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Food Allergy Walk Highlights What Not to Eat – Tucker, GA Patch

23 Sep

Food Allergy Walk Highlights What Not to Eat – Tucker, GA Patch.

Some things sufferers do to arm themselves are as simple as carrying an Epi-Pen, seeing the allergist regularly and always being careful about what and where they eat.

“Unfortunately, we have seen two fatalities related to food allergies in Atlanta in the last few weeks,” she said. “One was a high school student who ate a chocolate chip cookie at Wal-Mart in Loganville and the other was a Kennesaw State student that passed away after eating in the dining hall.”

Is the peanut-free table causing segregation in schools? – OC Moms – The Orange County Register

23 Sep

Is the peanut-free table causing segregation in schools? – OC Moms – The Orange County Register.

Dealing with peanuts in the public school is not a small issue. It is hard for schools to ask parents to not include peanut butter in lunches when their kids aren’t allergic. Parents want the right to pack whatever nutritious food they choose. 

Nut Free and Other Food Allergy Resources for Parents

22 Sep

Nut Free and Other Food Allergy Resources for Parents.

I’m thrilled that my EasyLunchboxes make it easier for families to pack allergy-safe meals, but what about the actual food? It can be an overwhelming  responsibility to send a child with severe food allergies off to school or what should be a simple outing with friends. So I’ve put together a little list that I hope will be of help: