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The Need For A Balanced Diet When You Have Food Allergies

The first duty in preparing safe meals for children with food allergies is avoiding the offending ingredient or allergen(s). However, by avoiding these ingredients, a real risk exists that food allergy sufferers may be missing out on important nutrients that help maintain good health and stronger immune systems.

A balanced diet is essential. Discovering what important nutrients may be missing from your child’s diet as a result of the allergy and replacing it with an alternate source is recommended. Just one example of finding alternatives to ensure proper vitamin and nutrient absorption is the following; if the allergen is milk- which is rich in protein, calcium, Riboflavin, phosphorus, vitamins A, D, B12, which are essential for bone mineralization and growth. You can replace milk with meat, fish, poultry, legumes, eggs (fortified milk substitutes), leafy greens and other calcium-fortified foods.

Of course, you should only use these replacements if they are also safe for your child and if you are not sure, have your child tested. Each sufferer is different and discussing your nutritional needs with your allergist, family physician and/or nutrition expert is imperative.

Teal Pumpkin Project offers safe Halloween for children with allergies

For children with food allergies, Halloween can be a tricky holiday, but the Teal Pumpkin Project aims to make the holiday safer and easier to navigate.

For millions of children with food allergies and their parents, the Halloween trick-or-treating tradition can sometimes be fraught with anxiety because many candies that are handed out contain major food allergens such as milk, peanuts, tree nuts and wheat.

FARE’s Teal Pumpkin Project promotes safety and inclusion for all trick-or-treaters by encouraging people to provide non-food treats on Halloween. A pumpkin painted teal, the color for food allergy awareness, signals that children will find a fun, non-food treat that anyone can enjoy.

Join FARE’s Teal Pumpkin Project to help create a safer, happier Halloween for all.

Visit these websites:
www.tealpumpkinproject.org
www.foodallergy.org

STUDY: Life Saving Epinephrine Isn’t Administered Often Enough

Less than fifty percent of children who experience anaphylaxis receive epinephrine before treatment in an Emergency Department, despite the medication being the first line of defence against the condition.

According to a study published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, when youths experience serious allergy attacks, known as anaphylaxis – parents, teachers, caregivers, emergency responders and others often don’t administer epinephrine.

The research found that only 36 percent of patients experiencing anaphylaxis received epinephrine before arriving at the emergency department. There is a need for more education, showing caregivers “how to use the auto injectors and walking them through what signs to look for,” said Melissa Robinson, an allergist and lead author of the study.

Approximately 65 percent of the patients surveyed had a known history of anaphylaxis and half of this group had been prescribed epinephrine in the past. However, among the patients who had been prescribed epinephrine, only 70 percent had the medication with them at the time of the allergy attack.

Robinson and her team also noted that there was a major difference between the patients who arrived at the emergency room after being given epinephrine and those who hadn’t. Children whose caregivers had administered an EpiPen were 60 percent more likely to be discharged from the hospital rather than admitted.

Robinson speculates that a major part of the problem is that parents and caregivers often don’t recognize recognise symptoms of anaphylaxis quickly enough (or at all). Some of the most common symptoms include hives, trouble breathing, and vomiting, all which occur within two hours of being exposed to an allergen. She suggests administering epinephrine when two body symptoms react to the allergen (for example, hives and vomiting indicate that both the stomach and skin have been affected).

“If you’re not sure to the point where you’re thinking about it, I tell parents it’s better to give it than to wait,” Robinson said.

Single Treatment Could Eliminate Severe Allergies

A simple injection that gives life-long protection from severe food allergies could be just 10 years away.
Immunology researchers at the University of Queensland have successfully used gene therapy in animals to wipe the immune ‘memory’ of cells that react to the protein in allergens.
Team leader, Associate Professor Ray Steptoe said these immune cells, known as T-cells become very resistant to treatments, but gene therapy desensitises the immune system so it tolerates the protein.
While the research has focused on an experimental asthma allergen, Dr Steptoe believes it could be used to treat people who have severe allergies to peanuts, bee venom, shellfish and other substances.
This ground-breaking research has been funded by the Asthma Foundation and the National Health and Medical Research Council.
Dr Steptoe said the next step is to work on replicating the results using human cells in the laboratory.
Once that is achieved, a safe and simple gene therapy injection for people with potentially lethal food allergies could be available in a decade.

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‎Associate Professor Ray Steptoe

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Sydney Lights The Way For Food Allergy Awareness

On Thursday, May 18, Sydney’s Town Hall was illuminated in teal, the signature colour of food allergy awareness, making it the first building in Australia – and the first outside North America – to join the ‘Turn it Teal’ initiative.

‘Turn it Teal’, founded by Cleveland, Ohio native Stephanie Lowe in 2014, was created with the goal of lighting as many prominent monuments and buildings as possible to highlight Food Allergy Awareness Week, an initiative intended to educate the public regarding the seriousness of food allergy.

TRIGGER Food Allergy Awareness founder, Grace Farah said: “It was so exciting to see the stunning Sydney Town Hall lit in Teal. It’s a great initiative – people see the building lit and it starts a conversation, but it also shows our Aussie kids and families dealing with food allergies that Sydney cares and Australia cares”.

The focus now is to look towards next year and have people start to think about what building they can ‘Turn It Teal’ in their home town, city or state.

This year it was Sydney, but how great if next year, in 2018 we see Melbourne, Queensland, Adelaide, W.A, Tasmania and the Territory ‘Turn it Teal’, but also New Zealand, the UK, Europe and Asia.

“I urge every person in the food allergy community to start thinking about their efforts for next year and how they can become part of this great awareness campaign,” said Ms Farah.

To find out more on how you can ‘Turn it Teal’ go to www.turnitteal.com and suggest a site to light.

Sydney Town Hall First Australian Building To ‘Turn it Teal’

We are excited to announce that TRIGGER Awareness Food Allergy has joined with ‘Turn it Teal’ to bring this great awareness initiative to Australia.

In support of Food Allergy Awareness Week, the iconic Sydney Town Hall will be lit up in teal on Thursday 18 May, 2017, making it the first building in Australia – and the first outside North America – to join the ‘Turn it Teal’ initiative.

‘Turn it Teal’, founded in 2014 by Cleveland Ohio mother, Stephanie Lowe was created with the goal of lighting as many prominent monuments and buildings as possible to highlight Food Allergy Awareness Week and the need to educate others about food allergy, a potentially life-threatening and life-altering disease.

“I’m so excited to have the stunning Sydney Town Hall, an internationally recognised landmark, be the first to ‘Turn it Teal’ in Australia”, said Ms Lowe. “Australia has one of the highest rates of food allergies in the world and it seems fitting that it is one of the first countries to come on board and Turn it Teal”.

Australian journalist and TRIGGER Awareness Food Allergy founder, Grace Farah said: “this is such a great way to raise food allergy awareness and I knew we had to bring it here to Australia. People see the building lit and it starts a conversation, but it also shows our Aussie kids and families dealing with food allergies that Sydney cares and Australia cares”.

“My heartfelt thanks to Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore and her great team at City of Sydney for embracing the idea and making it happen”, Ms Farah said.

Stephanie Lowe said: “Food allergies are a global issue and my hope is that this will lead to many more countries and cities around the world participating in Turn It Teal”.

This May, many buildings will be lit up in teal including Niagara Falls, the Orlando Eye, US Bank Tower Los Angeles and Terminal Tower Cleveland, OH.

The Sydney Town Hall, the largest and most ornate late 19th century civic building in Australia, will shine in teal, the signature color of food allergy awareness, for six hours from 6pm to midnight on Thursday 18 May, 2017.

For more information about ‘Turn It Teal’, visit www.turnitteal.org

TRIGGER AWARENESS – TRIGGER UNDERSTANDING

Famous People Who Have Food Allergies

Many children with food allergies report that they feel “isolated or different” because of their food allergies. Although it is important that children understand the seriousness of their food allergies it is also important for them to know that food allergies are manageable and don’t have to control their life.

It often helps to let them know about the many successful and talented people who also live with food allergies every day and don’t let it stop them.

Famous people who have food allergies include;

Halle Berry: The Oscar winning actress is allergic to shrimp.

Zooey Deschanel: The ‘New’ Girl actress is allergic to eggs, dairy and wheat.

Serena Williams: The tennis champion is allergic to peanuts.

Jessica Simpson: The singer is allergic to tomatoes, wheat, and milk.

Bill Clinton: The Former U.S. President is allergic to chocolate and flour.

Sharing stores of celebrities and athletes who have to live with and manage their food allergies helps food allergic children relate to the world and those they admire and reiterates the message that they are not alone.

Your Child Has Food Allergies: Now What?

Once your child’s food allergy has been diagnosed, the initial adjustment to your family’s lifestyle can be a challenging time and a source of concern. Adjusting to living with food allergies can take some time and based on our conversations with parents it seems the first two years after diagnosis can be the most challenging.

To assist you, we have compiled a list of helpful tips to hopefully support you with this transition.

The first thing you need to know is that food allergies are manageable. Initially it may seem to be a daunting task to keep your child safe but food allergies can safely be managed with the proper education, preparation and support.

Always follow your doctor’s advice about ways to avoid trigger foods and remember- each child and each allergy is different.

Always remember to take your child’s medication with you. This may include antihistamine medicine, adrenaline / epinephrine autoinjectors (it is recommended that you carry more than one autoinjector).

Have a family action plan should an emergency occur.

Read labels, Read Ingredients; Shopping for a special diet can be a challenge at first and reading food labels will become a part of every-day life.

Talk to others who are dealing with the same challenges. A number of social sites and nonprofit organizations offer information and forums for discussing food allergies.

Plan ahead – Holidays, birthday parties, family gatherings, eating out and days out need more planning.  Make sure you have the right food and drink for your child and advise others of their allergy and how they can keep them safe.

Research, Research, Research. Knowledge is KEY.

If you would like to share your story or helpful tips please contact us at info@triggerawareness.org or connect with us; www.twitter.com/triggernow or www.facebook.com/triggerawareness.org

The Teal Pumpkin Project

For families with children who live with food allergies, Halloween can be a tricky time. The fun of trick-or-treating can be actually dangerous, if not life-threatening, when a child does not know what is in the Halloween treats.

In 2012, a Tennessee mother named Becky Basalone, whose son suffered from anaphylactic food allergies, had the idea to paint a pumpkin teal, the color for food allergy awareness, and put it on her doorstep for Halloween.

Basalone’s idea worked so well that in 2014, FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education) created The Teal Pumpkin Project which encourages people to display a teal pumpkin or teal colored sign at their front door let allergic trick-or-treaters and their parents know that safe treats are available.

The project has rapidly spread to all 50 states and 14 different countries as parents, neighbors and doctors help spread awareness of the impacts of food allergies.

“I think the Teal Pumpkin Project has been so meaningful for families affected by food allergies not only because it helps create a safer, happier Halloween for kids with food allergies, but also because it’s a movement that recognizes the seriousness of a disease they’re managing daily.”

– FARE senior director of communications Nancy Gregory.

To find out more and to take part: www.tealpumpkinproject.org

 

 

Push For Police To Carry Epinephrine Auto-Injectors

A recent proposal would have police officers carry epinephrine auto-injectors and trained in the use of them for medical emergencies.

In many cases police are first on the scene of an emergency call but if it’s a medical emergency, their hands are usually tied until medical teams arrive.

Tragically, this was the case for Illinois mother Shelly LeGere when her 13-year-old daughter, Annie, who had no known allergies, went into anaphylactic shock last year.

Shelly says police officers were first on the scene and arrived within minutes but officers were not authorized to carry or administer what might have been a life-saving dose of adrenaline – Annie LeGere died a week later.

Now her mother is working with Illinois state lawmakers to encourage police and others to get training and legal permission to start carrying epinephrine.

State Senator Chris Nybo is sponsoring the bill. He says school transport companies, parks and daycare centers are among those also targeted in the bill which would limit liability of those administering it in an attempt to save a life.

To find out more please visit;

The Annie LeGere Foundation Inc.

www.amazingannie.org

 

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