Food allergy is an immune system reaction that occurs soon after eating a certain food. Even a tiny amount of the allergy-causing food can trigger signs and symptoms such as digestive problems, hives or swollen airways. In some people, a food allergy can cause severe symptoms or even a life-threatening reaction known as anaphylaxis.
Food allergy affects an estimated 6 to 8 percent of children under age 5, and about 3 to 4 percent of adults. While there's no cure, some children outgrow their food allergy as they get older. It's easy to confuse a food allergy with a much more common reaction known as food intolerance. While bothersome, food intolerance is a less serious condition that does not involve the immune system. (Mayo Clinic, 2011).
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Love, Love, Love this new online resource guide. This would have been an excellent guide for me six years ago. Nevertheless, thanks to all those who have made this happen!
504's - Kids With Food Allergies posted an excellent video about 504's. Learn how the law can help your child get the accommodations he deserves from public and private schools.
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For those who were just diagnosed with food allergies, this packet is a great tool to have.
Within this packet, you’ll find content from our “Managing Food Allergies: What You Need to Know” brochure, a checklist for getting started, a copy of FARE’s Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Emergency Care Plan, information on food labels, tips for avoiding allergens and cross-contact, advice about dining out with food allergies, frequently asked questions and much more. (FARE, 2014)
DID YOU KNOW?? The Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA) of 2004 was passed to ensure that individuals, particularly parents of children with food allergies and others providing food to those children, could easily and accurately identify food ingredients that may cause allergic reactions. Under FALCPA, allergen declarations must be written in plain English. For more information, go to FARE
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MEDICAL DISCLAIMER The information on this site is not intended to replace professional medical advice and/or care. Always consult your allergist and family doctor with any questions about medications, dietary restrictions, epinephrine auto-injectors, allergy testing, or other medical issues. Also, please check labels often as ingredients change unexpectedly. Thanks!