Adjusting to life with food allergies is not a simple task: it’s a journey. Like every journey, it has ups and downs. Think of it like taking a trip. Explore the phases of “The Journey” as you adjust to life with food allergies, and we’ll accompany you along the way!
The Journey to Knowledge
Before you go on a trip, you probably do a little research first to learn about where you’re going and to help streamline your plans and get the most out of your trip. Then you pack things that you’ll need when you get there. The same process works for a person with a new food allergy diagnosis!
Increase your knowledge
(Research and pack for your journey’s “destination”)
Food Allergy: An Overview by the National Insititute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
National Clinical Guidelines have been published to aid physicians in the diagnosis and management of food allergies, and to help patients understand the process. The guidelines were developed by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) in cooperation with representatives from other organizations.
Patient Information– summary of guidelines
Complete Guidelines– for patients and their caregivers
Understanding Children & Chronic Illness: Protecting your child’s emotional health
More tips for patients:
- Learn the basics of food allergies. Check out our section on Food Allergy Basics.
- What can your allergy test results tell you about the severity of your allergies? Learn about food allergy diagnosis.
- For a less common food allergy diagnosis (FPIES, EE), find help from others in the national discussion boards at Kids With Food Allergies.
- Find books and videos to learn about food allergies.
- What Kids With Food Allergies Wish You Knew.
- Take care of the entire family. Read about what your non-allergic child may be thinking in this Allergy Mom’s article.
The Food Allergy Support Group of Minnesota recommends that you:
- Get your diagnosis from an AAAAI board-certified allergist. Read this article about physican’s knowledge of food allergies.
- Ask your doctor for a written food allergy and anaphylaxis action plan.
- Action Plan by FARE
- Stay informed about your doctor-recommended medications
- If prescribed, ensure that you have 2 epinephrine auto-injectors available at all times.
- Consider a medical identification bracelet
- Read every food label EVERY time. Call food manufacturers with questions about ingredients or cross contamination possibilities.
- Educate others about your food allergy. If your child has food allergies, only leave him/her with other caregivers who are trained in how to, prevent, recognize and treat a reaction.
- Beware of hidden allergens
Continue The Journey to Knowledge
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