Friday, March 21, 2014

Allergy Awareness Books in Libraries

News From No Biggie Bunch

50 States - 500 Libraries Already making a difference! The No Biggie Bunch is on a mission to put bundles of books in 500 US public libraries across the nation. Thanks to tremendous support in our first week, over 175 libraries are already slated to receive books. 325 to go, and we're committed to reaching our goal!

Anything you can do to spread the word or contribute to 50 States-500 Libraries will help put these food allergy resources for kids in libraries across the nation, reaching the little hands that need them most.

Each state in the US is at a different level of food allergy awareness, education and advocacy, however, every state has public libraries where all can access resources for free. The vital piece is ensuring that resources are available.

Interview with Heather Mehra and Kerry Mc Manama of the No Biggie Bunch Books

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Schools Carrying Medications

Schools are sometimes required, sometimes choose to have additional epipens available in the office. These additional Epipens/ Auvi-Q/ Allerject injectors serve as back up supplies for diagnosed allergic students, as well as for the event a student/ staff member has a first time reaction at school. Schools are now dealing with how to store these.

In my opinion the supplies should be stored in a unlocked, visible storage unit that is easily recoginized for what it contains. Here are some suppliers of such containers, I predict this is a growing market.

Allergy Emergency Kit EpiNOW Allergy Emergency Kit Our patent-pending design is intended for secure, conspicuous mounting in elementary school lunch rooms and cafeterias for 24/7/365 access.

Bowman Epi Dispenser The Bowman ED-760 Epinephrine Auto-Injector Storage Case is an ideal solution for schools and classrooms with the capacity to hold up to 10 Epinephrine injectors and keep them in an organized easy to access dispenser.

Epi - access Teacher's Case and single epinephrine storage pouch

Rangements Pour Auto Injectors Epi-Ready Le boîtier Epi-Ready, qui se fixe au mur à l’aide de vis, peut contenir deux auto-injecteurs EpiPen ou TwinJect.

Epi-Acces La trousse Epi-Acces peut contenir jusqu’à huit auto-injecteurs. Indispensable dans les écoles, les garderies, les centres de la petite enfance et les camps de vacances.

School Health Epinephrine Emergency Cabinets Cabinet has five (item 90629) or ten (item 91088) separate compartments which can hold 1 epinephrine unit per compartment. Reference sheet on the inside of the door identifies students with their units and contains the following information: name of student, name of medication, expiration date, emergency contact name/number, and a place for student's photo.

Epi-Ready is a wall-mounted storage unit designed to provide a uniform, readily accessible, secure but not locked, location for auto-injectable epinephrine. When the Epi-Ready unit is installed in a prominent place it will serve as a constant, visible reminder of where your epinephrine is kept, so epinephrine can be reached quickly.



It is the most important for allergic people to carry allergy medications on their person, additional medications can save lives.
See Also: Carrying Cases For Allergy and Asthma Medications

Monday, January 20, 2014

Avoiding Milk Protein 2013 Top Pages

Avoiding Milk Blog and Chemurgy and Allergens Blog are off shoots from my site Avoiding Milk Protein. My toppages visied at Avoiding Milk Protein.com for 2013 are:

List of Nut Free Foods A-L

Carrying Containers for Auto-Injectors and Other Allergy Meds
Includes asthma pouches as well as both Auvi-Q/Allerject. Containers for backup injectors for schools/ public spaces

Nut Free Bakeshops, Restaurants and Other Eating Establishments
Canada, USA and some international locations

Allergy Safe Candy
Dairy, Nut, gluten and egg free candy

Dairy Free Chocolate

Restaurants and Allergy Information USA

Prescriptions, Over-the-Counter Medications and Treatments That Contain Nuts

List of Nut Free Foods M-Z

Dairy Free bakeshops, Restaurants and Other Eating Establishments
Canada, USA and some International locations

Dairy Free Foods

Restaurants and Allergy Information Canada

Alcohol Products that Contain Nuts

Thanks for the support
Karen

Monday, December 16, 2013

Drug Switch Could Cause Allergen In Medications

Generic Drug Switch by Shoppers Outrages Parents

"Although the active and non-active ingredients listed for generic versions of Strattera are the same, doctors say autistic patients can react badly to even a slightly different amount or combination of fillers, used by different manufacturers".

"Because the B.C. government is billed directly for Robert’s drugs, there was no price or drug name on the package the parents picked up from Shoppers. To protect patients' privacy, there is only a bar code on the label attached to the bag".


Fillers in medication can include allergens (not necessarily true of above article) This could mean a parent or person makes sure their medication does not contain lactose (that has milk protein in it) only to have the pharmacist switch to a medication that contains lactose or other allergens, could become a problem. As always be clear when talking to doctors and pharmacist, read packaging and call manufacturer with more questions.

Samples of Drugs That Contain Allergens (starting point only)

Prescriptions, Over-the-Counter Medications and Treatments Containing Egg (NEW)

Prescriptions, Over-the-Counter Medications and Treatments Containing Nuts

Prescriptions, Over-the-Counter Medications and Treatments Containing Coconut

Prescriptions, Over-the-Counter Medications and Treatments Containing Sesame

All to many drugs contain milk/dairy/lactose and corn in some form is in almost every medication.

My Story Milk In Your Inhaler

Monday, December 2, 2013

Allergy Books for Christmas

If you are thinking of buying an allergy children's book as a classroom gift, or for an allergic child in your life. I have had the honour of interviewing some fantastic children allergy authours over the years!

Interview With Amy Recob author of the children’s book The BugaBees: Friends with Food Allergies

Sarah Prye author Food Allergies on the High Seas

Sharon Chisvin author of The Girl Who Cannot Eat Peanut Butter

Sue Ganz - Schmitt author of Princess and the Peanut: A Royally Allergic Tale

Carla Burke author of My Name May Be Peanuts, But I say Nay to PB & J

Bridget Batson author of Jude the Dude The Peanut Allergic Kid

Heather Mehra and Kerry Manama author of The No Biggie Bunch



More kid Allergy Books

Classrooms idea, share books not food in the classroom.



Allergy Books For Parents and Caregivers
More Allergy Gear
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