By: Heidi Bailey PA-C, MS
Are you looking for websites to explore to help you manage either your or your child’s food allergies? There are a lot out there and the choices are overwhelming. We’ve scoured these sites to ensure they bring you the most correct and useful information, here are our top 5:
1. FARE-Food Allergy Research & Education
This is a great site with all kinds of helpful information. It can help you with what you need to know about food allergies, starting with the newly diagnosed, to information for parents, kids, teens, college students and adults. There is information for schools, camps and restaurants. It also provides sections on laws and regulations regarding food allergies as well as awareness, advocacy and research. There is also a section helpful for emotional and social support. They have great newsletters, alerts, blogs and social media resources.
2. Kids with Food Allergies
This is a very user friendly site that is not just for kids! It has basic information about living with food allergy, anaphylaxis, recipes, diet and research. There are community connections with chats, forums, and blogs. Helpful avoidance lists for the top allergens and travel cards are provided giving other names that your allergen maybe listed as or foods it might be found in. This site contains information for people who are newly diagnosed to give basic information and to provide support. There are pages which provide caregiver information and school planning pages. Over 1200 recipes are available with a search option that allows you to find recipes free of the top allergens. Webinars are also posted for additional educational opportunities.
3. The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
This site is very comprehensive, however, the pages on food allergy are very informative. There is a nice overview, a symptoms section that has specific information about the specifics of the top 8 food allergens, information about triggers, diagnosing, management, and treatment as well as a prevention section with excellent basic information about food allergies.
4. The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
This web site has a great overview of food related disorders including food allergy, food intolerance, oral allergy syndrome (OAS), Food Protein-Induced Enterocolitis Syndrome (FPIES) and Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE). They have a teaching game for children to play with products that contain different allergens. It contains information on symptoms, diagnosis, management and treatment. There are recipes, Anaphylaxis Action Plans, Anaphylaxis Wallet Cards, videos, signs and more!
This site is full of helpful information for families, caregivers and schools. The website provides access to the Living Confidently with Food Allergy Handbook, which is a comprehensive tool written by a pediatric allergist and pediatric psychologist that is a wealth of useful information. There are blogs, tip sheets, training tools and videos to help ensure the safety of your child in the community. There is information for schools, including staff training modules, tests, policy and resource information.
Hope you enjoy some food allergy “surfing”!!