Last week I posted about the Teal Pumpkin Project and making Halloween a fun and safe experience for children with food allergies. I wanted to follow up with some additional information about food allergies. According to FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education) 1 in 13 children in the United States has a food allergy. Chances are you, someone in your family or someone you know has a food allergy.

Not only can it be a life threatening issue, but it can be a confusing and frustrating thing for a child. It is hard for a child to understand why they cannot eat the same things as other children. Even if your child does not have an allergy, teaching her about food allergies helps teach her empathy, increase awareness of the issue and may even help keep a child with food allergies safe.

Food allergies is not an area of expertise for me, but rather a personal issue as it impacts some children very close to me. I hope that spreading awareness will help these children and future children to have a safer food experience.

So in order to support the cause, I am passing along some wonderful resources that I hope will be useful.

FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education) is an amazing resource to help people struggling with food allergies as well as for people who want to learn more.

No Biggie Bunch has several children’s books to help children with food allergies manage social challenges that arise with allergies.

Mimi’s Baking Adventure has a wonderful children’s book about baking an allergy friendly for a friend’s birthday with a wonderful allergy-safe recipe included!

Allergy Buddies sell products that alert people to a child’s food allergy.