Welcome to Day 12 of my 12 Days of Allergy-Friendly Favorites! (If you missed the last 11 days, check them out here: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, Day 6, Day 7, Day 8, Day 9, Day 10, Day 11.) Throughout these last 12 days I have shared some of my favorite products and companies with you. Some of these make wonderful gifts to someone with food allergies (or a parent,) and show that you really care about them and their food allergies. Please note I was not paid to write about any of these companies and all opinions are my own.
(While this is a guide to help you with gift ideas, please always do your own research and to use this article as an aid when choosing what foods, products, and companies are safe for you, your (food allergy) family, and friends with food allergies. The author makes no claims regarding the presence of food allergens and disclaims all liability in connection with the use of this article and site.)
- Bugabees Book Series by Amy Recob – With two books – The Bugabees: Friends With Food Allergies and The BugyBops – Friends for All Time – these are great and engaging books for children. The eight Bugabees characters are based on the top 8 allergens and the BugyBops show how a few simple steps can help prevent serious allergic reactions. I love their brightly covered graphics and the well written explanations of a variety of allergies.
- Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) – FARE has resources on their website for different individuals – families, health care providers, child-care facilities, and more. You can visit their most popular resources here.
- Kids with Food Allergies (KFA) – KFA has a ton of resources on their website. Great handouts, educational materials, and handouts for your to help educate yourself and others. Check out their guides on the Living with Food Allergies page (far right.) Below is an example of one of their wonderful handouts about potential food allergens in preschool and school activities.
- Kyle Dine – I first heard of Kyle Dine through KFA as he performs at their annual food allergy walk. I looked him up online and was enamored with how enthusiastic and likable of a person he is. Then seeing him perform in person really made me feel that way even more. Kyle, who himself has food allergies, performs food allergy awareness assemblies for elementary schools across North America. His brand of fun and educational performances uses music, puppets and games to engage audiences with age-appropriate content. He has reached over a million people by performing at schools across North America, media interviews and speaking engagements. He has released two CDs and has a new DVD released aimed to be shown in schools to teach about food allergies. You can shop his store here. Way to go Kyle, thank you for being so passionate about food allergy education.
- My Allergy Kingdom – Sponsored by Mylan and Disney, My Allergy Kingdom is an alliance to create unique resources for families with food allergies. Here you can find advice and inspiration for living life to the fullest while managing severe allergies. You can find resources like fun and useful crafts, links, games, and stickers for children.
Have you tried visited or used of these resources? Leave a comment with some of your favorite food allergy teaching tools!
Don’t forget to come back each day to check tomorrow – Day 13 (December 13th,) for a big giveaway of some of the products I have featured here. One lucky winner will win a bundle of products worth over $750!
This site is not intended to provide medical advice. The suggestions here are not intended as dietary advice or as a substitute for consulting a dietician, physician, or other medical professional. It is the reader’s sole responsibility to determine which foods are appropriate and safe for his or her family to consume. Always consult your doctor. The author makes no claims regarding the presence of food allergens and disclaims all liability in connection with the use of this site.