December 2015

Epinephrine for Infants and Toddlers: New CSACI Position Statement 
The Canadian Society of Allergy and Immunology (CSACI) has issued a new Position Statement clarifying the need to treat   all incidents of anaphylaxis with an epinephrine auto-injector, including infants and toddlers.

The amount recommended by the CSACI is equivalent to an EpiPen Jr. ® or an Allerject ® 0.15 mg/0.15mL (1mg/mL)... 

Support Food Allergy Canada's #BePrepared Campaign 
Food Allergy Canada is currently developing guidelines - the first of its kind in Canada - for managing food allergies in post-secondary institutions. This new resource is aimed at helping universities and colleges develop and implement policies to support students with food allergies. Help us with our ongoing effort to make life safer for people with food allergies by making food allergy management a priority in our post-secondary institutions, #BePrepared...
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Holidays with Family: Keeping it Safe and Empowering Kids 
Holidays are a time for togetherness, but if you have a child with food allergies it can sometimes be hard to relax. Here are some tips from our members for the holidays:

Plan ahead.
If you are going to a relative's home, talk to them in advance about your child's allergies. Discuss the menu, safe food preparation and (if your child has asthma) any triggers in the home such as pets or woodsmoke. Talk to your child too, about what to expect and how they can manage their allergies...


Congratulations to the 2015 Allergy Aware Challenge Winners!

Food Allergy Canada would like to congratulate the recipients of
the Allergy Aware Challenge, a contest open to Canadian publicly-funded schools, to help promote the
Anaphylaxis in Schools online course. We are pleased to announce the five lucky schools, which will each receive prize packages of $1,000 towards education supplies, equipment or programs and an Anaphylaxis Tool Kit containing educational resources. 

Support groups: An opportunity to share   
When Pauline Osena's son was first diagnosed with food allergies, she was "completely unprepared." Pauline recalls: "I felt very isolated. No one else in my family and none of the new parents in my community had children with food allergies. They did their best to empathize, but they really could not relate to the stresses of living with food allergies."

Pauline found an allergy support group meetup, listed on the Food Allergy Canada website. Support groups across Canada have meetups to discuss living with food allergies and anaphylaxis...

(Formerly Anaphylaxis Canada)