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Blog Entries - tag: 'Medications'

Risk-Taking and Teens with Food Allergies

by Tiffany deSilva, MSW, LSW When you were a teenager, did your mother ever ask you the age-old question, “If all of your friends jumped off a bridge, would you jump, too?” If adolescents answered this question truthfully, their answer would be, read more …

The Food Allergy Parent’s #1 Back-to-School Tool: Educate, Educate, Educate!

by Alison Grace Johansen If you’re a food allergy parent like me, you’re undoubtedly in full back-to-school preparation mode. You’ve probably been planning for quite a while now. Whether we’ve already had meetings with the school or read more …

How Can Parents Best Partner with a School to Insure Their Child’s Food Allergies are Managed Safely and Successfully?

For anyone sending a child off to school, it can be exciting, worrisome and challenging, especially when your child has a food allergy. Most parents are focused on the educational aspects of their child’s school, full of questions about teacher-student read more …

Why Should Your Child Wear A Medical ID?

Does your food allergic child wear a medical ID? Here is the importance and positives of why they should. We have our emergency action plan, a trusted allergist, and always carry two epinephrine auto injectors. All this preparedness is key to keeping our read more …

Is Your Child Off to College?

by Caroline Moassessi College acceptances are complete and now it is peanut-treenut-milk-egg-wheat-soy-fish-shellfish free and other allergens crunch time! The pedal is about to hit the metal and the last twelve years of learning, growing and empowering will read more …

Celebrating Safely

by Tami PylesIt happens frequently at our house - a brightly colored envelope arrives in the mailbox or spills out of a school bag. I know exactly what it is before my daughter rips into it- another party invitation. Excitement ensues as my child reads the read more …

Allergy Sufferer vs. Allergy Advocate – Empowering Our Kids to Take Charge of Their Challenges

by Daniella Knell April is one of my favorite times of year because I am prepping to present food allergy awareness classes during Food Allergy Awareness Week in May. As my kids get older and older, my focus switches to getting them and their food allergy read more …

If Emergency Strikes, Will You Be Prepared?

By Tami Pyles We stared at the TV watching the ominous red blob inch closer and closer to our area. There was no doubt a major storm was headed our way. The weatherman encouraged everyone to take cover and prepare for a long evening with potentially damaging read more …

Traveling with Food Allergies

by William Antony, FAACT Teen Advisory Council Member When asked to write a blog about living with multiple, life-threatening food allergies from the perspective of a 17-year-old boy, I jumped at the chance. There are so many misconceptions about food read more …

How to Effectively Communicate with your Child’s Teacher and School Administration When Managing Food Allergies

by Kristin Osborne, Founder of Virginia Food Allergy Advocates When it comes to managing food allergies at school, it is important to articulate your child’s needs at the earliest opportunity, and with thought and preparation. You are your child's read more …

KALÉO Announces AUVI-Q Will Return on Valentine's Day with New AffordAbility Access Program

AUVI-Q will be available by prescription nationwide on Valentine's Day, February 14, 2017! Kaléo launches AUVI-Q AffordAbility, a first-of-its-kind access program and commitment for AUVI-Q: o More than 200 million Americans with commercial insurance, read more …

New Guidelines Show How to Introduce Peanut-containing Foods to Reduce Allergy Risk

From American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI) ARLINGTON HEIGHTS (January 5, 2017) – The wait is over for parents who’ve been wanting to know how and when to introduce peanut-containing foods to their read more …

Increasing Allergy Safety while Enjoying Allergy-Friendly Sweets

by Stacey Stratton, FAACT’s Publications Manager The holidays are made for celebrating, and this usually includes lots of food and fun! Here are some of FAACT’s reminders and tips, as you prepare for the holiday season. Read EVERY Label EVERY read more …

10 Important Safety Reminders for Celebrating the Holidays from FAACT

by Stacey Stratton, FAACT's Publications Manager The holidays are approaching, and can bring your family party invites and travel plans. Here are some food allergy safety reminders to help you have a safe and enjoyable holiday season. Remind your child read more …

TIPS to Create a Safe & TEAL Halloween

by Stacey Stratton, FAACT’s Publications Manager Teal Pumpkins are such a great way to include children with food allergies and help them enjoy a “safe” and happy Halloween. Besides helping children with food allergies, it’s also read more …

5 Creative Ways to Teach Children about Food Allergies

by Kyle Dine I remember when I was in elementary school, some of my close friends and classmates knew I had food allergies, but they likely didn’t know what exactly that meant. There weren’t too many kid-friendly resources back then to bring the read more …

Back-to-School Tips to Help Create a Safer and Smoother Transition into the New School Year

by Stacey Stratton, FAACT Publications Manager When your child has food allergies, the start of a new school year can seem scary. It might feel overwhelming as you’re trying to gather different resources and think of questions to ask. Here are some read more …

Caregivers and Food Allergies: How to Enjoy Your Time Away

by Tami Pyles The words “date night” for most parents evoke feelings of excitement and romance, but when you are the parents of a child with food allergies, leaving your little one for the evening can be downright scary. Placing your child in the read more …

Making the Holidays Sweeter & Safer

by Stacey Stratton, FAACT's Publication ManagerWith the Holidays quickly approaching, you might be searching for allergy-friendly ideas to bake or take to family gatherings. I’ve rounded up some helpful ways you can make the holidays sweeter & read more …

Preparing for the Holidays with Food Allergies

Guest Blog for The National Peanut Board by Eleanor Garrow-Holding Eleanor Garrow-Holding, president & CEO of FAACT, shares her tips on traveling and eating in/out while successfully managing food allergies during this holiday season.  Holiday read more …

Back to School Means Accurate Food Allergy Diagnosis and Management

LivingWithFoodAllergies.org serves as a resource to those seeking education and support Eleanor Garrow Holding, president & CEO of FAACT, shares her perspective on the purpose and importance of developing a proper food allergy diagnosis and management read more …

My Camp TAG Experience

When my Mom told me about Camp TAG in Big Bear, California, I was excited to go to a summer camp where my worries about my food allergies wouldn’t go to camp with me. On my first day at camp, I met many new and interesting people. I met kids with food read more …

Three Tips for Surviving the Summer with Food Allergies

by Lauren Kossack I’ve always loved summer, but now that I’m a mom with school-aged children, my love for summer has grown as I cherish the time I get to spend with my boys. Each day is filled with so many possibilities. I love sitting around the read more …

Take A Vacation With Food Allergies, Not From Them

by Tracy Bush  I think it’s safe to say that if you mention the word “vacation” to a food allergy parent, most of them will immediately get that deer-in-headlights look. For most parents of kids with food allergies, taking a vacation read more …

When Embracing Positivity is Hard

by Kathy Thornburg I am all in favor of promoting positivity when it comes to living with food allergies. I don't want for my son to feel his life is limited or that he has less worth because of his medical and dietary needs. That is why I strive to have fun read more …

Love Remembers Day: What It Means For All

A little over 10 years ago, I remember being a happy mom, feeling so fortunate to have my three children. My oldest had asthma concerns in his younger years but had stabilized well and life seemed good. Suddenly, in an instant, things got scary, very scary. read more …

Dating with Food Allergies

By Natascia Simone, FAACT College/Young Adult Council Member How many of you (or your teens) are afraid to talk about food allergies with a person you just started dating? I think almost everyone is raising their hand to that question. It’s true! read more …

FAACT CEO Excited To Share Our Food Allergy Conferences with YOU!

FAACT’s upcoming Food Allergy Conferences provide a full day of educational sessions led by leading medical professionals and food allergy advocates. Each conference offers education and support for parents, grandparents, school personnel, read more …

Traveling with Food Allergies

by Natascia Simone, FAACT Youth/College Advisory Member Hello everyone. It has been a while since I have posted a blog, but that’s because I was out of the country for almost two months! What a rewarding experience. I had the opportunity to study read more …

FAACT is Proud to Introduce AllergyHome: Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Awareness and Education Resources for the Entire School Community

by Michael Pistiner MD, MMSc When our children get on the bus or get dropped of for school we rely on our school communities to care for their safety and self esteems.  Managing food allergies and anaphylaxis in school is critical.  Effective food read more …

Introducing Sloane Miller, Allergic Girl

by Sloane Miller, MFA, MSW, LMSWAuthor of Allergic Girl: Adventures in Living Well with Food Allergies (Wiley, 2011) I was born with food allergies. I developed asthma, environmental allergies, and eczema in childhood. Currently, I successfully manage read more …

Vacationing WITHOUT your Food-Allergic Kids? Basic tips can make this possibility a reality!

By Guest Blogger, Daniella Knell, Smart Allergy~Friendly Education (SAFE)  Vacationing with food-allergic kids can be challenging; at times, daunting. However, can you imagine going without them? Trusting others to make sure they don't eat read more …