Looking for facts on life-threatening allergies (LTAs) or want to learn more about anaphylaxis? Here is a place to get information on things like peanut and shellfish allergies. You can also find downloadable tips and tools on living with and managing life-threatening allergies. If you’re more into videos, we have a page for that too! Go now.
Go to your doctor's appointment ready to have an informed discussion. Start with this helpful checklist of questions.
Read the list
Download and fill out this Chef Card courtesy of Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), then hand it to the server, manager, or chef of any restaurant you're dining in to help avoid a run-in with an allergen.
Download the FARE Chef Card
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Once your young adult is off to college, the responsibility for managing allergies is fully theirs. Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) has some advice on how to handle it.
Download FARE's college guide
Finding alternate ways to reward and incentivize children at school may help alleviate the anxiety around serving food and risking allergen exposure. Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) offers a proactive guide of non-food reward ideas.
Download FARE's reward guide
Restaurant recommendations and reviews
This site helps you locate allergy-friendly restaurants nationwide, complete with reviews!
Recipes for teen chefs
This cookbook collects some of the best allergy-friendly recipes, submitted by teen chefs themselves, courtesy of Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE).
Download the FARE Teen Cookbook
Field trip field guide
Kids love them. Parents of kids with food allergies? That's a different story. Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Connect Team (FAACT) presents a poster with best practices.
Download the FAACT guide
When you venture from the relatively controlled environment of your home, there are some things people with life-threatening allergies (LTAs) and their caregivers should be aware of.
Download FAACT's helpful travel tips
Camps for kids with food allergies
If you're looking for a summer camp specifically designed for kids with food allergies, Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) has a helpful directory to get you started.
Browse FARE's list of summer camps
Working with your school care team
Managing the task of safely getting food-allergic children through the school day requires a partnership with an extensive care team. Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) offers a proactive guide for parents and caregivers.
Download FARE's guide
Learning to avoid allergens takes time, and a gentle nudge every now and then. These visual aids can be cut out and placed on the fridge or wherever the family may need an allergen-avoidance reminder.
Download Around the House Reminders
Yum! Tempting food ideas
Eating with food allergies should still be delicious. At KidsWithFoodAllergies.org (KFA), parents share thousands of allergy-friendly recipes, searchable by dietary need.
Visit KFA's recipe finder
Arts and crafts
It may be the last place you expect a child to encounter his/her food allergen, but science, math and craft activities may contain potential danger. Kids With Food Allergies (KFA) has a list of safe alternatives.
Download the list from KFA
may describe a reaction
Kids have a unique way of describing things, including an allergic reaction. Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) offers a checklist of things to listen for to help you identify a reaction quickly.
Download the FARE allergic reaction
There are a lot of factors to weigh in choosing a college. One should be how you'll manage your life-threatening allergies there. This helpful guide from Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) offers tips and things to consider.
Download FARE's college considerations
Anaphylaxis is not so black and white. There are many symptoms to be aware of. This resource shows you some potential symptoms. Please also talk to your healthcare provider about symptoms.
Download the symptoms of anaphylaxis
Foods to avoid
For each food allergy, there's an allergen in the list of ingredients you'll want to avoid. This handy cheat sheet from Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) categorizes and lists them.
Download FARE's Allergen Avoidance Tips
Once you've read the guidelines, you may be curious about how to begin safely introducing peanuts to infants. As always, it is important to discuss these choices with your doctor before starting.
Help finding a support group
Don't do it alone! There are many other people living with food allergies ready to offer support and advice. This tool from Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) may help you find the right group.
Go to FARE's support group finder
Talking to kids about food allergies
Speaking to children about food allergies in terms they can comprehend will help them understand their condition, and in turn, help them articulate to you their concerns. And clarity may ultimately help them stay safe.
Read FARE’s tips for talking to kids
A safe summer at camp
The American Camp Association offers an overview on how parents and kids can prepare for and manage food allergies in conjunction with their camp.
Read the 3-step plan
There are a lot of to-do’s before sending a child with life-threatening allergies back to school. The Grateful Foodie provides a helpful checklist of tasks to take care of.
Check out the list
Developing a 504 plan
Food Allergy Research & Education recommends putting together a 504 Plan with your child’s school to accommodate special dietary and other needs, so ultimately your child with life-threatening allergies can be a full participant in every aspect of the school day.
Learn more about 504 Plans
The realities of bullying
Food Allergy Research & Education offers some quick facts around bullying, the affect is has on kids with food allergies, and what can be done to prevent it.
Download the fact sheet
Back to school tools
Allergic Living has aggregated some of the most helpful tools that are meant to help prepare families for sending children with life-threatening allergies back to school, covering everything from Anaphylaxis Emergency Action Plans to expert advice.
Check out the list
Additional information can be found at these allergy organizations.
Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE)
Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) is a national nonprofit dedicated to working on behalf of the 15 million Americans with food allergies. FARE's wide-ranging and evidence-based education resources and advocacy initiatives support individuals with food allergies at every stage in their food allergy journey.
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Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Connection Team (FAACT)
Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Connect Team (FAACT) is a national nonprofit with a mission to educate, advocate, and raise awareness for all individuals and families affected by food allergies and life-threatening anaphylaxis.
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Kids with Food Allergies (KFA)
This organization is dedicated to improving "the day-to-day lives of families raising children with food allergies and empowering them to create a safe and healthy future for their children," and offers free tools, educational materials, webinars, videos, and more.
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Allergy & Asthma Network
The Allergy & Asthma Network is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing easy-to-understand, practical resources for parents and caregivers to help manage their child’s symptoms at home or at school.
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The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI)
An organization of allergists/immunologists and other allied medical specialists across 72 countries, AAAAI is dedicated to advancing the knowledge and practice of allergy, asthma and immunology for optimal patient care.
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The American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI)
ACAAI, or the College, is composed of national and international allergists/immunologists, united by a desire to continually improve patient care, education, advocacy, and research.
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The American Latex Allergy Association (ALAA)
This national non-profit was originally formed by a group of healthcare professionals who acquired a latex allergy and today, provides information and support for those diagnosed with a latex allergy.
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