• CDC Releases Guidelines for Managing Food Allergies in Schools

    Food allergies are a growing food safety and public health concern that affect an estimated 4%–6% of children in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed The Voluntary Guidelines for Managing Food Allergies, which provide practical information and planning steps to develop or strengthen plans for food allergy management and prevention.

  • Are You Ready For Halloween? Avoid The Danger Of Anaphylaxis.

    Are You Ready For Halloween? Avoid The Danger Of Anaphylaxis.

    Ghosts and goblins aren’t the only scary things your children might encounter this Halloween. For parents of kids with food allergies, Halloween treats—from candy to cookies—can be frightening too.

    Common allergens such as peanuts, tree nuts, milk and egg are often ingredients in Halloween treats. Some kids may experience a rash or red, itchy skin, vomiting, a stuffy, itchy nose, or diarrhea or stomach cramps if they eat a food to which they are allergic. For children who are severely allergic, a single bite of these foods may cause a life-threatening reaction called anaphylaxis.

  • New Animation Helps Explain Food Allergy

    The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has developed a three-minute animation that shows how the immune system responds to a food allergen and what you should do to avoid potential exposures.

  • Children with Milk Allergy May be "Allergic to School": Chalk dust can contain milk protein, triggering respiratory symptoms

    Many of today’s school teachers opt for dustless chalk to keep hands and classrooms clean. But according to a recent study, this choice in chalk may cause allergy and asthma symptoms in students that have a milk allergy. Casein, a milk protein, is often used in low-powder chalk. When milk allergic children inhale chalk particles containing casein, life-threatening asthma attacks and other respiratory issues can occur.

  • Minimizing risk of nut allergy reactions on flights

    Minimizing risk of nut allergy reactions on flights

    Passengers who engaged in eight mitigating factors were less likely to report an allergic reaction during a flight, according to a recent study. Passengers who did things such as requesting an accommodation or a peanut/tree nut-free meal, wiping their tray tables, or avoiding using airline food, pillows, and blankets had significantly lower odds of reporting a reaction

  • Food Allergy Advice for Kids: Don't Delay Peanuts, Eggs

    Parents trying to navigate the confusing world of children’s food allergies now have more specific advice to consider. Highly allergenic foods such as peanut butter, fish and eggs can be introduced to babies between 4 and 6 months and may even play a role in preventing food allergies from developing.

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