Food Allergy Education

Food Allergy Education

Do the kids in your child’s class understand their food allergies? Recently a new boy to our school thought Autumn was just faking her allergies and decided to chase her with a cheese sandwich.  He was quickly set straight by mobs of friends in the know and the Principal, so all ended well.  This boy clearly didn’t understand what Autumn goes through and probably hasn’t been...

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FREE EpiPens for Schools

FREE EpiPens for Schools

Mylan Specialty LP, the distributors of the EpiPen have created a new program that will help schools get free EpiPens.   Directly from their website: The EpiPen4Schools program was created to allow qualified schools to obtain EpiPen Auto-Injectors at no-cost. This access is important because epinephrine is the only first-line treatment for life-threatening allergic reactions...

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Morning Announcements

Morning Announcements

Food Allergy Awareness Week is May 13 – 19.  The Food Allergy Education Network posted a list of morning announcements that could be read or included at your child’s elementary or middle school.  I loved this idea, so I had to share it.  Find this and other great ideas for Food Allergy Awareness Week at http://foodallergyednetwork.org     Morning Announcements-Elementary...

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Allergy free snack ideas

Allergy free snack ideas

The school year is in full swing. Along with school books and homework come parties, bake sales, snacks for the class, and play dates.  What to make, what to bring, what to do when food allergies are a factor… These are some of my go to ideas- some quick for when you don’t have much time, and some for when you do have time to cook. We’ll have more for you when the holidays come...

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Are we taken seriously?

Are we taken seriously?

This week my daughter started school. With high anticipation, and a bit of anxiety, we hand over our food allergic child to someone else. Her teacher amused us by letting us explain the ins and outs of her particular allergies, but were we taken seriously? Who knows. We were rushed out with a smile, I knew she was thinking, “Crazy over-protective parents!”  The whole thing left me...

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Food Allergens at School

Food Allergens at School

When my daughter entered kindergarten we had no idea how often we would be confronted with potential allergens in the classroom. We worried about snack time, other kids sharing food, class parties, Valentines day, Halloween… But turns out, nearly every day there was something new to watch out for.  From cereal necklaces to macaroni butterflies – we constantly had to keep a look out...

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Planning for the Upcoming School Year

Planning for the Upcoming School Year

Allergy Kids Foundation recently posted an article about managing food allergies when your child starts school – I think this list is a good starting point for thinking about what we should do this fall, but I think taking things a bit further will help a little more. We all want a safe environment for our kids so they can relax about the food allergies and make way for learning. This is a...

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Teaching Children to Understand, Accept, and Support Others with Food Allergies

Teaching Children to Understand, Accept, and Support Others with Food Allergies

After reading a recent post on Gluten Free Easily, I had to share it.  It’s written by the owner of a Michigan preschool, Cindy Winther.  She talks about how she works with the children to teach them tolerance of others with food allergies or...

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