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FARE-Supported Study Examines Wheat Oral Immunotherapy in Children and Young Adults

Wheat is a difficult food allergy to manage. While most children with wheat allergy outgrow it by age 12, one in three do not. Many individuals with wheat allergy have severe reaction symptoms. And this rich source of vegetable protein is everywhere – not just as a staple in baked goods and pastas, but also as a binding ingredient in sauces, soups, ice creams, processed meats, imitation seafood and more. Wheat can even pop up in non-food products, from play doughs and classroom crafts to cosmetics and medications.

With wheat so widely used and so hard to avoid, wheat allergy patients and...

Eight Percent of U.S. Children Have Food Allergy, Pediatrics Study Finds

A new study published in Pediatrics estimates that about 5.6 million U.S. children – nearly 8 percent – have food allergies, and more than one-third of these children are allergic to multiple foods. The study’s findings highlighted the seriousness of this disease, finding 20 percent of children with food allergy had required emergency room care during the past year for a life-threatening reaction to food, and 42 percent reporting that their food allergy had caused at least one previous emergency department visit. However, at the time of the survey, only 40 percent of the children with food...

Add Your Epinephrine Auto-Injector to Your SAT Test Day Checklist

If you’re a teenager with a food allergy, you probably hear a litany of advice all the time.

“Don’t forget to check the label before you eat.”

“Make sure you tell the restaurant about your food allergy.”

“You have to wear your medical alert bracelet.”

And perhaps most of all, “Don’t forget your epinephrine auto-injectors.”

Living in a state of vigilance is part of the food allergy experience, and that means taking your epinephrine auto-injectors (EAIs) everywhere, even if you don’t expect to eat. You’ve been preparing to take responsibility for your...

Webinar Rewind: Preschool and Early Childhood Food Allergy Training

If you didn’t have a chance to participate in FARE’s Sept. 24 webinar, Preschool and Early Childhood Food Allergy Training, you can now listen to the recorded webinar and view the slides on the foodallergy.org website. Presented by Gina Clowes, FARE’s national director of training, the webinar summarizes crucial information that FARE has been sharing with preschools and caregivers this year to help keep the youngest members of our food allergy community safe and included.

Young children are at the highest risk for having a food allergy reaction in a...

FARECon Sets Records, Raises Bar

Thank you to everyone who participated in our first FARECon featuring Teen Summit, presented by OYWN – Only What You Need. Held Nov. 2-4 near Washington, D.C., this groundbreaking event set records for attendance and was enthusiastically received. FARECon featuring Teen Summit combines FARE’s national conference for adults and parents managing food allergy with our flagship gathering of young people with food allergy, aged 11-22, and their parents. The capacity crowd of 700 was double the size of our largest previous national conference and welcomed 200...

Advocacy Update: American Airlines to Change Policy on Pre-boarding

FARE is pleased to report that American Airlines will be changing its policy to allow pre-boarding for passengers with peanut or tree nut allergies, more than a year after FARE filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).

In January 2017, FARE filed a complaint with DOT regarding American Airlines’ policy prohibiting passengers with food allergies from exercising their rights under the Air Carrier Access Act to declare their disability and pre-board the aircraft.

On Nov. 6, American Airlines filed a notice with DOT, reporting that it will be modifying its policies and...

Thank You for Turning Your Halloween Teal!

FARE thanks everyone who made Teal Pumpkin Project 2018 a happy memory for the 5.9 million U.S. kids managing food allergies and to many others with dietary restrictions. FARE’s fifth year of promoting safe, inclusive trick-or-treating touched young lives in all 50 states. For the first time, FARE collaborated with leading food allergy organizations to spread the word that displaying a teal pumpkin and offering a non-food trick-or-treat option helps makes Halloween fun for all children. Broadcast and online news sources pitched in, highlighting the Teal...

 

FARE thanks CVS Pharmacy, FunWord, Michaels and free2b Foods for their 2018 sponsorship.

A Word From Our Teal Pumpkin Project Partners

By placing a teal pumpkin on your doorstep and providing a separate bowl of non-food treats this year, you can help make Halloween special for children with food allergies and other dietary restrictions. Whether you’re searching for last-minute tricks and treats to support the Teal Pumpkin Project, or planning an allergy-friendly snack to celebrate your haul of non-food goodies, these generous sponsors have helped us spread the word that every child deserves safe, inclusive trick-or-treating fun.

CVS Pharmacy

CVS Pharmacy is proud to be a partner of...

Hurricane Michael Aftermath: How to Help Food Allergy Families in Florida

Our hearts go out to all the victims of Hurricane Michael, which devastated the Florida panhandle recently. Many people have reached out to FARE to ask how they can help families managing food allergies in the affected areas.

FARE has spoken with Feeding the Gulf Coast, one of the organization on the ground providing food. Monetary donations and/or boxes of allergy-friendly foods are welcomed.

You can send donations in the form of food allergy products directly to the food bank warehouse (address below) and clearly mark them as FOOD-ALLERGY FRIENDLY. Items must be shelf-stable, not require...

Teal it Forward

Guest post by TAG member Indrani Sreya Maitra, @allergyism_101 on Twitter

Halloween was always a mixed bag for me as a young kid. I would have fun dressing up in my costume and going trick-or-treating with my friends. But then there was always the inevitable, sad moment when I would hand those friends my candy loot. I am allergic to dairy, eggs and tree nuts, so most popular brands of candy are not safe for me. That is why the Teal Pumpkin Project (TPP) is so special to me. A teal pumpkin on a doorstep on Halloween night is a welcome sight – when I was...

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