Book Links

Third Edition coverWhen Peanuts are Poison (Third Edition) links organized by chapter

Checklist for the Parent of the Newly Diagnosed Peanut/Tree Nut Allergic Child
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Final Thoughts
Resources
504 Plans
Accessories

Airplane Seat Cover: You can purchase disposable or reusable airplane sheets that completely cover the seat and keep allergens from touching your child’s skin and clothing while flying. Plane Sheets are designed to fit perfectly.

Apparel & More: Created by a food allergy mom, Allergy Apparel offers many different allergy-related items. Auto-injector carriers, cute t-shirts, ID bands, and more:

Chef Cards: When eating out, these cards can be handed to the server to be given to the chef or kitchen manager. www.achooallergy.com/foodallergycards.asp

Food Allergy Translation: When traveling to other countries, cards can be helpful for conveying your child’s allergy in the country’s native language.

Labels & Stickers

Medical Alert/Identification – RECOMMENDED ITEM

There are many options. Here are just a few places to check out.

Medication Carriers – RECOMMENDED ITEM

Allergists

The best way to find an allergist is either by asking your child’s primary care physician for a referral or asking a trusted friend for a recommendation. You can also use your health insurance company’s website or customer service department, or use the websites below to find a local allergist.

Allergy Books (Recommended Reading)
Cooking, Baking, Gardening, Healthy Eating & Packed Lunch Ideas

Books

Recipe Blogs & Websites

Food Allergy Coaching

Sandi Kornblum is a Food Allergy Coach and can help you navigate through all the feelings associated with living with a food allergy. She can help you develop a stronger level of comfort and increased confidence in handling all aspects of life with food allergies so you don’t let the diagnosis hold you back. To contact Sandi: Phone (914) 629-6124, email Sandi@thefoodallergycoach.com, website: www.thefoodallergycoach.com

Food Allergy Counseling

Allergy & Anaphylaxis Counseling Services: www.TheAllergyMom.com

Forms
Magazines
  • Allergic Living: Allergic Living offers a free e-newsletter. The printed magazine is published four times per year and addresses allergies, asthma, and gluten-free living. I subscribe to this magazine and the free newsletter and find useful information in every issue. I especially like the peanut allergy research updates they provide. http://www.allergicliving.com
  • Allergy & Asthma Today: http://www.allergyasthmanetwork.org/
Peanut/Nut-Free Baseball

Find a peanut-free baseball game in the U.S. or Canada: http://www.peanutfreebaseball.com

Peanut Butter Substitutes
  • IM Healthy Soy Butter: Soybutter can be used as a peanut butter replacement as long as your child doesn’t have a soy allergy. http://www.soynutbutter.com
  • Sunbutter: Sunbutter has the consistency and look of peanut butter but is made out of sunflower seeds in a peanut and nut-free facility. As long as your child doesn’t have an allergy to sunflower seeds, it’s a wonderful substitute for peanut butter on sandwiches, for dipping, and for baking. Look for Sunbutter in the natural food section of your local grocery store. http://www.sunbutter.com
  • WOWBUTTER (soy butter): WOWBUTTER is another possible substitute for peanut butter as long as your child doesn’t have a soy allergy. http://www.wowbutter.com
Safe Snacks & Treats
  • Cherrybrook Kitchen: Delicious and allergen-friendly (including peanut/nut-free) cake, cookie, and brownie mixes: http://www.cherrybrookkitchen.com
  • Divvies: Baked items and candy: http://www.divvies.com
  • Dum Dum lollipops (Spangler Candy): http://www.spanglercandy.com/faqs/allergen-information
  • Enjoy Life: Snacks, cookies, chocolate chips for baking: http://www.enjoylifefoods.com
  • Gerb’s: Peanut and nut-free seeds, flours, and dried fruits. They’re delicious and the company has great customer service. http://www.mygerbs.net
  • Home Free: Allergen-friendly (including peanut/nut-free) cookies and other treats: www.homefreetreats.com
  • Snack Safely Blog: Parents of a child with peanut, tree nut, and egg allergies. They periodically compile a “safe snack” list, with items free of peanut, tree nut, and egg. You can subscribe and receive updates to the list via email. Great list for sharing with your child’s school. www.snacksafely.com
  • Smarties: Be sure to check the package because I’ve seen “rebagged” Smarties with a “made in a facility with peanut and tree nuts” allergen statement on them. www.smarties.com/allergen/
  • Surf Sweets: I keep a stash of these gummy worms or jelly beans in my bag for sweet treat emergencies! Peanut/nut-free candies: www.surfsweets.com
  • Tootsie: www.tootsie.com
  • Treasure Mills: Peanut and nut-free baking facility that produces a number of baked goods. My kids love the freezer-friendly banana chocolate chip mini loafs and brownie bars: www.treasuremills.com
  • Vermont Nut Free: Assorted candies and chocolate – all peanut and nut-free!  www.vermontnutfree.com
Support & Play Groups

Face-to-Face Meeting Finder: www.aafa.org/esg_search.cfm

Online Support Groups

Play Group/Local Support Group

Joining a play group is a great way for you meet other parents of kids with peanut/nut allergies and it gives your child an opportunity to meet other kids with a peanut allergy. If there isn’t a play group listed for your city, consider starting one. That’s what I did! Just fill out the contact form on the home page at No Nuts Moms Group and Lisa will help you get started. http://nonutsmomsgroup.weebly.com/groups.html

Websites

There are tons of websites and blogs about food allergies. I’ve selected just a few below that I think will be most helpful to you as someone new to food allergy management.

A Shot to Live (Video): This website features a terrific training video on anaphylaxis and epinephrine administration. I highly recommend it for childcare providers. (Click on “Training & Resources” for the video.) http://medicine.utah.edu/pediatrics/ashottolive/

AllergyEats: Online guide to allergy-friendly restaurants across the United States. It is a peer-reviewed directory of restaurants – rated by people with food allergies, for people with food allergies. The guide is searchable by food allergy and ZIP code. They also offer a free app for iPhone and Android. Visit www.allergyeats.com.

Allergy Home: Food allergy training for those who care for kids with food allergies (the site is written and run by two pediatric allergists): www.allergyhome.org

Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE): FARE provides programs, information, and resources related to food allergy and anaphylaxis. If you become a member (currently $40 for one year), you get access to webinars and a monthly newsletter with recipes and research updates. New to FARE is the Member’s Only Hotline. Visit their website for tons of free information and other benefits of membership. http://www.foodallergy.org

Healthline’s Anaphylaxis Effects on the Body: Terrific visual and interactive explanation of what can happen during anaphylaxis. http://www.healthline.com/health/anaphylaxis/effects-on-body

Introduction to Food Allergy Management (Video): This is a video by Dr. Scott H. Sicherer, M.D., Pediatric Allergist, Mount Sinai School of Medicine. It’s a great overview of the symptoms of anaphylaxis, when to use an auto-injector, the top eight allergens and labeling, and what cross-contact is and how it can occur. Please note that the Food Allergy Action Plan shown is an older version. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=_VukGWHd1XA#! 

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