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Food Allergy and Field Trips: How to Keep Kids Safe

23 Apr

via the Nut-free Mom blog.

Field trips for kids with food allegies can be a real concern for parents. Visit Jenny’s post here.

I’ve chaperoned many field trips over the years and I’ve learned a lot about avoiding potential food allergy field trip pitfalls. Even if you can’t personally attend the field trip, you can still take steps to create a safer experience.

 

Have your child eat lunch in view of the teacher. Many allergic kids will get an “honor spot” next to or near to the teacher at lunchtime so that the teacher can easily keep an eye on them.

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Photos: ‘World’s First Food Allergy Musican’ Preforms at The Roads School – Encinitas, CA Patch

7 Nov

Thursday, Nov. 3, Kyle Dine, the ‘world’s first food allergy musician’ bedazzled 300 Encinitas students at The Rhoades School as he sang songs, played the guitar, and hosted an interactive discussion to increase food allergy awareness.

Thanks to his performance, the kids at The Rhoades School are now more aware of the simple things they can do to keep their food allergic friends safe at school, including washing the hands regularly, for example. This was the first school in California where Kyle Dine has preformed.

via Photos: ‘World’s First Food Allergy Musican’ Preforms at The Roads School – Encinitas, CA Patch.

Help for Parents of Food Allergy Kids – How to Manage Anxiety | Suite101.com

4 Oct

Help for Parents of Food Allergy Kids – How to Manage Anxiety | Suite101.com.

How Parents Can Reduce the Stress of Starting School With Food Allergies

The independence that comes with starting school can be daunting for both parents and children with serious food allergies. For parents, a large part of the child’s environment is suddenly not within their control. They must rely on teachers to manage their child’s allergy and upon the school to protect and respond to the child’s food needs.

Read more at Suite101: Help for Parents of Food Allergy Kids – How to Manage Anxiety | Suite101.com http://vanessa-jane.suite101.com/help-for-parents-of-food-allergy-kids—how-to-manage-anxiety-a333681#ixzz1ZkvMFHQ2

How To Manage Birthday Parties With Food Allergies | Edible Issues

2 Oct

How To Manage Birthday Parties With Food Allergies | Edible Issues.

Edibleissues gives some great tips on planning Birthday Parties for kids with food allergies

Birthday parties take a lot of preparation, but it’s all worth it when I arrive to pick him up and see his smiling face. Hopefully one day he’ll be able to go to party and not worry about the food, but in the meantime, he’s doing a great job with it.

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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When the Fairytale Princess has a Peanut Allergy, New Picture Book Comes to the Rescue – PR Newswire – sacbee.com

21 Sep

The Princess and the Peanut: A Royally Allergic Fairytale

via When the Fairytale Princess has a Peanut Allergy, New Picture Book Comes to the Rescue – PR Newswire – sacbee.com.

 

Nearly six million children in the U.S. have food allergies, according to the journal Pediatrics, and peanut allergies are the most common. A new picture book, The Princess and the Peanut: A Royally Allergic Fairytale, by Sue Ganz-Schmitt (Wild Indigo Publishing), helps kids learn about food allergies through a fairytale classic with an allergic twist.

Read more: http://www.sacbee.com/2011/09/20/3923661/when-the-fairytale-princess-has.html#ixzz1YXEl0XkK

How to host an allergy-safe party for kids | StarTribune.com

18 Sep

How to host an allergy-safe party for kids | StarTribune.com.

Here are tips from Sandra Beasley’s “Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales From an Allergic Life” on how to host an allergy-friendly kids party:

The Nut-Free Mom Blog: Nut-Free Candy Finds for Halloween and Beyond!

17 Sep

The Nut-Free Mom Blog: Nut-Free Candy Finds for Halloween and Beyond!.

Food Allergies from a Kid’s Point of View

9 Sep

Food Allergies from a Kid’s Point of View

Lenore Welby is a producer for the Martha Stewart Show. Her friend Gina Clowes has published a list, “10 Things Children with Food Allergies Want You to Know


1. I long to be included. 

I would like to look, act and eat like everyone else. I’d like to buy my lunch and sit wherever I want. I know I can’t, but I’m happy when someone cares enough to provide a safe potato chip, cookie or Popsicle for me. It’s nice when I can have something similar to what the other kids are eating and I love it when I can eat the same thing as everyone else. Whenever it’s possible, please think to include me!

2. I’m scared I could die from my food allergies.

I’ve heard my parents and teachers mention “life-threatening” food allergies and I remember having some reactions where I felt very sick and really scared. I saw how frightened my parents were too. Sometimes, I could use a little reassurance that I will be okay.

3. I feel like I’m the only one sometimes.

If you have a support group or know another way for me to meet other children who have food allergies, I would really like that. It would be nice to know that I’m not the only kid who has food allergies. Having another friend with food allergies in my classroom or to eat with me at lunch would help me too.

Back-to-school readiness begins with food allergy awareness

7 Sep

check out some good tips on back to school readiness for food allergy from The Cookery blog

Get to know your child’s school nurse. Healthcare professionals want to work in partnership with parents. If your child has a food allergy and will be attending school, meet the nurse.

Michelle Strasz from school community healthcare alliance of Michigan writes:

“More and more schools are either designating peanut-free classrooms or going peanut-free in the cafeteria.  But, there are more hidden food allergies that can also impact a child’s overall health.”

Studies of children with food allergy indicate that 16 percent to 18 percent have had a reaction in school.”

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