I love that there are so many items out there for food allergy kiddos! When we first started our food allergy journey, it was hard to even find a food allergy specific medical bracelet! Wow how the times have changed..Sadly enough.
With that said, I wanted to share some of my favorite sites that have plenty of food allergy items to choose from.
This website gives you tons of ideas of food allergy items that may assist in your daily task of avoiding the epinephrine auto injectors.
Here are some of their items:
Which is this cute little carrying case for the epinephrine injectors.
They also have these for older kiddos:
These are great to have for those sports activities…practice or even the game. We love these for soccer!
The next website I wanted to highlight today is the wonderful www.etsy.com! This website is where people can order homemade items for just about anything they want. Here were some of the food allergy items I loved on this site:
There are many food allergy support groups, resources, and items on the web! Support our families and shop online for some great items! Below is a list of some additional favorite websites for food allergy items:
http://www.achooallergy.com/food-allergy.asp: great for allergy filters for the home
http://www.foodallergybooks.com/links6.htm: great for an all over food allergy supports.
http://www.kidswithfoodallergies.org/shopping.html: awesome items, books, card, etc.
http://allergyapparel.com/: some amazing apparel options for food allergies
When advocating for your child in the school system, food allergies are a new idea for many schools to grasp for needing a 504 Plan or an IEP or Individual Education Plan. However, food allergies do qualify for these supports. It’s just a matter of knowing your rights, what your school offers and what would be best for your child. For example, the 504 Plan is a protection plan for your child when it comes to food allergies. It really is just a part of the American with disability Act. It states that if your child meets certain qualifications and that if their food allergy is deemed a disability, then they can qualify for the 504 supports in the school system. They define disability as “"physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities. This can include physical impairments; illnesses or injuries; communicable diseases; chronic conditions like asthma, allergies and diabetes; and learning problems.” This does include food allergies with the help of your child’s pediatrician. Once you meet the qualifications, you will need to request a meeting with your school and request to apply for the 504 plan. This plan will allow your child to have all the accommodations needed in the school environment that will assist them to stay on same academic and social level of their peers despite their needs associated with their food allergies. For my family, our school does not recognize the 504 Plan. Public schools do though. So, it’s a matter of finding out from your principals. I highly recommend that your family explore this option for your food allergy kiddo!.
This website has an amazing example of a 504 Plan for food allergies:http://multiplefoodallergyhelp.com/?page_id=828
Here is a great resource for additional information on the 504 Plan and the IEP:http://specialchildren.about.com/od/504s/f/504faq1.htm
Today though, I used the animal waffle maker (bought it at target for $20). I still made a double batch and I froze them as well. The boys love these character ones though and they seem to like them plain as snacks too!
-2 cups of flour (i use organic whole wheat)
-1/4 of sugar (I used agave and because I used whole wheat I needed 1/4 of a cup to make them sweet enough)
-1 mashed organic banana
-1 teaspoon of baking powder
-2 tablespoons of Newman organic olive oil
-1 cup of milk (we used rice milk)
-Sprinkle of cinnamon
-Pinch of salt
Mix all together, use a little organic spray oil and its that easy!!
Best with some fresh berries and organic maple syrup! Enjoy!!
Since our little man has "grown out of " 4 of his previous good allergies, we have been told by our specialist that annual testing would be the best way to continue to explore if he has grown out of an allergy. We have just been doing this right before school starts...just an easy schedule to follow in this household.
If you ask my little man, even though he hates needles just like the next kid, he prefers the blood test I over the skin test. With the blood test, it's a quick "ouchie" prick in the arm. The skin test, on the other hand, consists of some safe allergen sample of the item you are testing for inserted slightly under the skin. This is usually on the arm or back. And, while its not painful at all, if the kiddo has an allergy to the item, it becomes extremely itchy and uncomfortable to the little one and it has to remain for some time. After the process is over its not a quick relief either. For us, he is washed off then given some benedryl, which takes time to relieve any itchy and uncomfortableness. It is most certainly a process that I would research and talk to other parents before deciding what type of testing to use with your little ones. Good luck!!