Last updated: May 2016
You’re likely here because you have one or more children with a peanut and/or tree nut allergy. For that, I’m sorry, but I’m glad we found each other.
Eight years ago, I was exactly where you are: scared and overwhelmed because my child had been diagnosed with a life-threatening and life-altering condition. When my son was diagnosed in 2008, food allergies in children had just started to rise astronomically, and the amount of information was more limited than it is today. Doctors are slowly getting better at educating their patients about food allergies, and now there is a massive amount of information, and misinformation, on the internet. Whereas I was overwhelmed by the lack of information in 2008, I can understand why someone with a new diagnosis would be overwhelmed by the volume of information today.
I wrote the first edition of When Peanuts are Poison because I didn’t want other moms to struggle to figure out how to manage their child’s peanut allergy like I had struggled. I’ve updated the book twice as more information and research has become available, and now the book serves to “boil down” all the data and information into a compact, easy-to-use handbook of sorts.
What to do Now that Your Child has a Peanut or Tree Nut Allergy
The best thing you can do now that you know your child has a food allergy, both for your peace of mind and to keep your child safe, is to learn as much as you can about food allergy management. I have put together some resources to get you started.
Safe Brands, Food Allergy Printables, and more
I have a number of resources for label reading, finding safe brands and foods, learning how and when to use epinephrine, and much more on my resources page here.
Best wishes to you and your family, and feel free to contact me if I can be of further help!