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I would like to recommend my favorite allergy cookbook. If you have not ordered this already, I suggest you do so! The Allergen-Free Baker’s Handbook by Cybele Pascal. Available on Amazon~ http://www.amazon.com/Allergen-Free-Bakers-Handbook-Cybele-Pascal/dp/1587613484 [no, I don’t get a commission!;)] I love her cookbooks! Her recipes are for wheat-gluten-dairy-egg-soy-tree nut and sesame- Free foods. She offers great lists of ingredients, what they are, how to use them, and where to find them; as well as substitutions. You will also find recipes for Bread, Cookies, and Pie Crust ~that my husband claims is the best he has ever had! She also wrote the Whole Foods Allergy Cookbook. You can also find her on Facebook, and her website~ <www.cybelepascal.com>
MEDIC ALERT offers a great service, and I highly recommend you think about getting a bracelet for your child. Here is the link to their site. They are really helpful so don’t hesitate to call them if you have questions about anything, like what to inscribe on the bracelet, or what size or style will work for you. Caleb has the simple metal one with a link chain; His reads “allergic to peanuts, tree-nuts and dairy. Carries EPI-Pen” http://www.medicalert.org/join/KidSmartDetail.htm?selected=MedicAlert+Membership_MedicAlert+Kid+Smart
Here is a link to the FAAN website Allergen Shopping list. This provides a list of “forbidden” ingredients to avoid. The next link is to their Food Allergy Action Plan. You will want to print this and have available for teachers, daycares, or babysitters. http://www.foodallergy.org/files/media/downloads/HTRLsheet2010.pdfa http://www.foodallergy.org/files/FAAP.pdf
Be sure to check out the rest of the FAAN website for loads of information, and you may want to bookmark this page too, as it will lists product recalls and notices regarding labeling, and undeclared allergens in foods. http://www.foodallergy.org/page/ingredient-notices
SAFETY SACKS: I LOVE these for use to carry your child’s medicines in-works with asthma inhalers, epi-pens, Benadryl, etc. These are GREAT for daycares and schools! http://safetysack.com/about_safetysacks.cfm
If your children are entering school, and they have food allergies, I do highly recommend reading through this document to be sure your concerns are met and addressed. http://www.doe.mass.edu/cnp/allergy.pdf
T-SHIRTS, STICKERS, SWAG~I LOVE this website, anything you are looking for they either have, or can make- They have an extensive collection of allergy type of t-shirts, pins, stickers etc. to outfit your child and bring awareness to others! http://shop.cafepress.com/food-allergies
I HIGHLY recommend that you consider at the start of each school year, purchasing from a photo website [I used Snapfish- for $4.99] a sheet of “face” stickers with your child’s picture. I put these on all of his medications, and school forms, Allergy Action Plan, and gave some to my son’s teacher for her to use for her Substitute Teacher folder to help everyone identify him.
On the Nature of Food Allergy by Paul J. Hannaway, M.D. A complete handbook on food allergy for patients, parents, Restaurant personnel, child-care providers, educators, school nurses, dieticians and health-care providers. This book is chock full of information on not only the common 8 allergens, but a LOT of less common ones as well. He gives detailed information in an easily understood manner. This book is very informative and helpful in explaining and understanding allergens, identifying risks, and offering a lot of resources to the care provider of the allergic child.