As I mentioned in my little bio, Buddy has food allergies. I still remember clearly, vividly, coming home from the first appointment with his allergist, having a hard time swallowing the idea of him being allergic to so many foods, and serving him steamed broccoli, rice krispies, and shredded cheddar cheese for dinner that night. Strangest dinner ever…but when you’ve just come home from an appointment like that, two hours later than you thought you’d be home, and your hungry toddler is crying for dinner, you read labels as quickly as you can and give him anything that is safe (hey, at least I hit 3 food groups!) I remember being confused by some of the information on the pamphlets given to us regarding reading labels and being overly cautious, thus the random buffet meal. It was all so sudden and so foreign.
But what stuck out the most was an invaluable piece of advice Buddy’s doctor gave us “Reading about food allergies on the internet will make you cry. If you are looking for answers, there is only one website I would recommend…” That resource was the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) which has since changed its name to Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE.) This, she explained, is where she and other allergists turn to get the latest research-based information.
FARE offers SO many amazing resources…everything from specific information about each of the Top 8 allergens, to reading labels accurately, to managing reactions, to information about current clinical trials, to allergy related legislation, to…well, the list goes on and on and on. If you or someone you love has a food allergy, this is the leading authority and a one-stop-shop for all your needs. I highly recommend you spend an evening browsing the website…though it will take you much longer than that to work your way through all that they have to offer. It’s truly amazing.
Do you or your child (or anyone in your family) have a food allergy? What has been a helpful resource for you?