Monday, January 20, 2014

Food-Allergy Related Observances in 2014

Spread the word! Here’s a rundown of some important awareness dates coming up in 2014:

Feeding Tube Awareness Week – February 9-15

Did you know there was a feeding tube awareness aweek? I didn't either. In the past few years I have met dozens of families with children on feeding tubes; some rely solely on the feeding tubes while others supplement. Certainly, feeding tubes are not used only by those with food allergies or EE, but they are becoming more prevalent in our community. this effort is led by the Feeding Tube Awareness Foundation.

Allergy and Asthma Awareness Month – May

Yes, allergic disease does warrant an entire month dedicated to awareness. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (which now includes Kids with Food Allergies) leads awareness efforts throughout the month.

Celiac Awareness Month
– May

It’s fitting that this effort driven by the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness occurs at the same time as food allergy awareness.

Food Allergy Awareness Week – May 11-17

Food Allergy Awareness and Education (FARE) heads up this awareness effort.

National Eosinophil Awareness Week
– May 18-24

What is an eosinophil, you ask? APFED is the leader is educating people about the spectrum of eosinphilic gastrointestinal diseases (EGID) – including the eosinophilic esophagitis that my son suffers from – and other eosinophilic diseases.

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