Tips for Moms of Kids with Food Allergies

What’s the Big Deal About Food Allergies?

Keep the holidays happy this season.  Educating your loved ones and friends about your child’s food allergies before holiday events can help keep them safe and happy.  Today more than 6-million kids and their families are managing a food allergy.  Holiday time can be especially isolating if you don’t have a family action plan in place.  The Kids With Food Allergies is a division of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, is dedicated to supporting you and your family with every aspect of your child’s food allergy.  Currently 40-thousand strong, the KFA community shares resources of every kind – everything from blogs by medical experts, food label reading tips to holiday recipe and food substitute suggestions.  The charity Kids With Food Allergies proudly celebrates 10 Years of service to families just like yours.  Watch as KFA’s Michele Cassalia – herself a mom of a child with food allergies – explains how to successfully navigate the season and create new holiday recipes and traditions your entire fam


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Holiday Health for Food Allergies

Online community offers help for keeping the holiday season fun and safe for kids with food allergies

Food allergies have become more prevalent over the past 20 years and continue to rise. Peanuts, milk, eggs, soy…the list goes on and on and it can be frustrating and time-consuming to alter and plan a diet around food allergies, especially around the holidays.

As challenging as it can be for adults, it can be even more so for children and parents of children with severe food allergies.

Birthday parties, school lunches and family gatherings are just a few examples of the events parents of children with food allergies have to be aware of. Daily life is difficult enough, but once the holidays set in, it can be even harder for a parent to ensure the safety of their child with a food allergy no matter what the severity.

Kids With Food Allergies (KFA) – a division of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) – is the nation’s oldest allergy charity, and now with one in 13 children being diagnosed with a food allergy, KFA has become a vital tool for families adjusting to raising children with this disease.

There is so much information out there, and so many people giving their opinions, it’s difficult to weed through it all and find out what is the best for your family. KFA is here to help.

The great news is that the Kids With Food Allergies website features an online community with 40,000 active members, and growing. KFA is celebrating its 10 year anniversary this year and offers a wealth of information to all families who are managing a child’s food allergy diagnosis at http://www.kidswithfoodallergies.org

You’ll find incredible FREE resources such as:

  • Webinars and web-based education tools
  • Prevention strategies like learning to prepare foods safely in the kitchen to explaining food labels to kids and creating an allergy action plan.
  • Food, cooking and recipe help, including a collection of 1,200 recipes that you can search by the allergens you need to avoid.
  • Tips for when taking family vacations
  • Information on fundraisers and fun community events

“One in 13 children in America now has a food allergy. Allergic reactions to food can be serious and potentially life-threatening. It is essential for parents and caregivers to learn how to prevent allergic reactions, recognize the symptoms, and be prepared to act quickly should a reaction occur. We are thrilled to be partnering with the Balancing Act to share the latest information on food allergies and how you can keep children safe and healthy,” said Lynda Mitchell, Vice President Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, Kids With Food Allergies Division.

Visit http://www.kidswithfoodallergies.org to learn more and connect with the KFA community, blog, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest for support, ideas, recipes and advice. Connect with others and know that you are not alone. Feel confident this holiday season by arming yourself with all the information you can get to ensure that your family can enjoy holiday meals, parties and treats together.

Make sure to tune in to The Balancing Act on Thursday, November 20 and 27th 2014 at 7:00 am (ET/PT) on the Lifetime Channel to hear tips for keeping the holiday season fun and safe.

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The Balancing Act® Focuses on Kids with Food Allergies during the Holidays

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The Balancing Act® Focuses on Detection, Resources for Food Allergies

Kids With Food Allergies, Cyrex Labs and ContentChecked join show as part of special series on November 20th and November 27th Shows on Lifetime

(POMPANO BEACH, Fla. – PR LOG – November 24, 2014) As part of its programming dedicated to help raise awareness and offer resources for kids with food allergies, The Balancing Act® will feature the non-profit organization Kids With Food Allergies, Cyrex Labs and ContentChecked in the show airing on Thursday, November 20 at 7:00 a.m. (ET/PT) on Lifetime®. Tune in as The Balancing Act hosts and their guests discuss this important topic with trusted information to empower a family’s life. This show will re-air on November 27, 2014 at 7:00 a.m. (ET/PT).

Don’t miss these featured segments, part of The Balancing Act’s “Family Ties” programming:

o Navigating Food Allergies During the Holidays – with Kids With Food Allergies
It’s the holiday season and that can be a stressful and tricky time for the six million kids with food allergies and their families. Educating loved ones and friends about your child’s food allergies before holiday events can help keep them safe and happy. Holiday time can be especially isolating if you don’t have a family action plan in place. Celebrating its 10 year anniversary, Kids With Food Allergies, a division of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, is dedicated to supporting families with every aspect of managing a child’s food allergy. Watch as KFA’s Michele Cassalia – herself a mom of a child with food allergies – explains how to successfully navigate the season and create new holiday recipes and traditions. For more information please visit: http://www.kidswithfoodallergies.org

“One in 13 children in America now has a food allergy. Allergic reactions to food can be serious and potentially life-threatening. It is essential for parents and caregivers to learn how to prevent allergic reactions, recognize the symptoms, and be prepared to act quickly should a reaction occur. We are thrilled to be partnering with the Balancing Act to share the latest information on food allergies and how you can keep children safe and healthy,” said Lynda Mitchell, Vice President Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, Kids With Food Allergies Division

o Gluten’s Relationship to Serious Disease and Early Detection – with Cyrex Labs
Gluten and non-gluten wheat protein reactivity are precursors to a myriad of serious medical issues including autoimmune diabetes, neurological disorders, joint autoimmunity, tissue damage, liver disease and even Alzheimer’s. Today, thanks to Cyrex Laboratories, medical experts like Dr. Chad Larson have new weapons to help identify environmental triggers, gut and brain barrier permeability and biomarkers of autoimmune reactivity better and more accurately than ever. Through the Array blood test panel, experts can better detect these immune reactivities earlier or even before the onset of disease, possibly helping prevent Alzheimer’s. Watch as Dr. Larson explains. http://www.JoinCyrex.com

o Food Allergy Awareness with Today’s Technology – with ContentChecked™
Allergies and intolerance to certain foods and drink cost Americans nearly $8 Billion a year in health costs. These costs could be drastically reduced with proper technology…technology being made readily available by Content Checked Inc. Join that company’s head of Nutrition and Brand Strategy, Moa Turander, as she demonstrates how the ContentChecked Smartphone app identifies food allergies in real time. It’s an exciting breakthrough already making the lives of all food allergy sufferers a whole lot better. For more information, please go to: http://www.contentchecked.com/

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