When it comes to caring for a child with a potentially life-threatening (severe) allergy, you can never have too much information. The following resources provide up-to-date news, helpful guides, community support, and more for families with severe allergies.
The Allergy & Asthma Network, a nonprofit advocacy and educational group, shares information about common allergens and symptoms of allergic reactions, plus tips for managing severe allergies and treating anaphylaxis.
Use it to: Keep up with the laws and legislation that affect people with severe allergies and to learn about volunteer outreach opportunities.
An organization of allergy and immunology professionals, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology features a free resource library on its website. There’s also a dictionary explaining commonly used terms relating to allergies.
Use it to: Teach children about severe allergies in a fun, engaging way with the “Just for Kids” page.
This association of medical and healthcare professionals features on its site informational resources, news, interactive tests, and tracking journals.
Use it to: Search for an allergist by zip code or specialty with the “Find an Allergist” tool.
If your child has a severe latex allergy, visit this nonprofit organization’s website for a range of resources including lists of common latex products and latex-free alternatives, personal stories from people with latex allergies, and guidelines for management.
Use it to: Write a letter to a company or school to determine if a specific product contains latex; the site offers downloadable templates.
Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America provides community-based services for individuals with allergies and asthma. Along with plenty of free educational information about severe allergies, visitors can find allergy clinics and organization chapters.
Use it to: Locate a support group for people in your area.
The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Connection Team is an organization that was formed by a mother of a child with severe food allergies to provide education and support to fellow families. Get details about children and teen support programs and state and federal guidelines that impact food allergy management. There are also food allergen-related recall alerts and downloadable information sheets.
Use it to: Show your child videos made by other teens on how to dine out, eat, and date safely with severe allergies.
The Food Allergy Research & Education website features educational information about common food allergens, symptoms of allergic reactions, the process of seeking medical diagnoses, and managing severe food allergies.
Use it to: Get advice on how to manage severe food allergies at school, camp, work, and a number of other locations.
Found at Anaphylaxis101.com, Get Schooled in Anaphylaxis is sponsored by Mylan and outlines the common triggers, symptoms, and treatment of anaphylaxis. It also provides free downloadable school forms, checklists, tip sheets, and action plans.
Use it to: Teach your child’s friends about anaphylaxis with the “Anaphylaxis Assembly in a Box” toolkit.
The Kids With Food Allergies Foundation hosts a large online support community for families and caregivers of children with severe food allergies. Members enjoy free access to discussion boards, live chats, recipes, blogs, articles, and webinars presented by allergy professionals.
Use it to: Ask other moms of children with severe food allergies for their advice and suggestions in the chat forum.
The National Association of School Nurses provides resources for school staff members and parents for planning and managing severe food allergies and anaphylaxis at school.
Use it to: Learn the best ways to prevent and manageanaphylaxis in schools from a series of video chats featuring school nurses and parents.