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Latest news from Food Allergy Canada – November 2023

November 3, 2023

Discover our Caring for a child with food allergy guide, now available in 5 languages! Register for our upcoming webinars, take our quick 1-minute survey if you/your child have sulphite sensitivity, and check out how Canadians helped to make Halloween inclusive for kids with food allergy with our #ShineATealLight campaign. Plus, learn about the global award we won, and find out how you can support our charity on Giving Tuesday. 

New: Care guide available in five languages 

We are proud to announce our “Caring for a child with food allergy: A guide on what you need to know” is now available in Punjabi, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese, in addition to English and French. The guide provides easy-to-understand information that’s essential for managing food allergy and anaphylaxis. 

In these easy-to-read care guides you’ll find: 

  • A personalized form to share information about what a child is allergic to
  • Ways to minimize the risks of a severe allergic reaction
  • Details on how to recognize the signs and symptoms of a reaction 
  • Information on how to treat a reaction if it happens 

Plus, there are FAQs covering common questions about food allergy and anaphylaxis, and more!  

Register now for our upcoming webinars 

What is FPIES and how do you manage it?  

November 27, 12-1pm EDT 

A type of non-IgE-mediated food allergy, Food Protein-Induced Enterocolitis Syndrome (FPIES) typically affects young children and causes severe vomiting, paler than normal skin colour, tiredness, and diarrhea. Such symptoms can be confused with those of other illnesses, like a bad stomach flu, making the condition harder to recognize. 

In this webinar you’ll learn the basics of FPIES, including diagnosis, common food triggers, symptoms, dietary management and treatment.  

Immunotherapy and desensitization: Understanding the dose I react to and how does immunotherapy change that? 

December 12, 12-1pm EDT 

Get an understanding of the various forms of food allergen immunotherapy, including orally, placement under the tongue, and a patch applied to the skin. What does immunotherapy accomplish, who is the right patient for it, and where is it headed for the future?

You’ll also learn about the basics of thresholds, their application in therapies and in clinical practice, and what it might mean for managing your food allergy.

Sulphite sensitivity: What foods do you commonly avoid? 

Sulphites are substances that naturally occur in some foods and the human body. They are also regulated food additives that are used as preservatives to maintain food colour and prolong shelf-life.  

Health Canada includes sulphites as a priority allergen. Sulphites do not cause true allergic reactions but are generally grouped with the priority food allergens because sulphite-sensitive individuals may react to sulphites with allergy-like symptoms. 

If you have sulphite sensitivity, fill out our 1-minute survey to tell us which foods you commonly avoid. Survey closes on November 10th, 2023.

Your input will help us understand how to support you better.

Thanks for #ShiningATealLight 

Thank you to everyone who helped make this past Halloween more inclusive for kids with food allergy by #ShiningATealLight

Whether you illuminated your house, put up one of our posters, attended a teal lighting, handed out allergy-friendly and/or non-food treats, fundraised with our glow-in-the-dark teal bracelets or shared our resources, you have directly impacted kids across Canada with food allergy this Halloween! Thanks for being a #FoodAllergyChampion! 

Check out some photos from our community below:

Food Allergy Canada wins a global award 

Food Allergy Canada has been recognized as one of the winners of the 2023 Healthcare & Pharmaceutical Awards for “Best Allergy Support Non-Profit Organization” by Global Health & Pharma Magazine (GHP)! 

The Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Awards highlight those at the cutting-edge of health advancements, who are working tirelessly to ensure that patients receive the very best medicine, processes, care, and health services. GHP undertakes an extensive research process, whereby all potential candidates are assessed on objective factors including company performance, product development, customer reviews, and industry recognition. 

Thanks to GHP for this recognition! Check out the impact we make at foodallergycanada.ca/impact. 

Help make an impact this Giving Tuesday – November 28th 

On November 28th, you can participate in Giving Tuesday, a global movement dedicated to supporting charities through giving. 

Ahead of Giving Tuesday, take a moment to learn how your generous contributions allow us to sustain our educational programming, advocate for change, and provide life-changing support for the over 3 million Canadians impacted by food allergy. Learn more and please consider donating to Food Allergy Canada on Giving Tuesday. 

Your support is transformational. 

Check out our latest Impact Report and watch our video to learn how we have transformed the way food allergy is managed for over 20 years to help you and your families live safely and confidently with the condition. 

From our advocacy work on improving food labelling, to building community support and knowledge for the condition through the national school program, to creating new resources to help you better recognize and treat anaphylaxis, your donations make our important work possible. 

Visit our donate page to discover the different ways you can give to our charity and plan your giving today. We can’t make real impact without your support.  

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