As the parent of a baby who had multiple food allergies, I truly understand the joys and challenges of parenting a child with food allergies. My baby - now 21 years old - is successfully attending college, living a full life, and managing his own food allergies.
As the founder of Kids With Food Allergies Foundation (KFA), a nonprofit grass roots support organization for families raising children with food allergies, I want to assure you that you are not alone, and want you to know that there is a world of support waiting for you.
KFA offers daily assistance and practical food allergy management help. Reach out to us when you're just getting started. We can help you not feel alone, give you pointers to make your life easier and help improve the quality of life for you and your child. Or, if you've been "in the trenches" managing food allergies for a while, you are welcome to get involved and share what you know with others who are new to food allergies, stay informed with news, or get involved with volunteer work or leadership opportunities.
Our website is rich with resources to help you day-to-day. Most of this information is fully accessible without cost to you. Please check out what we offer, and use what is helpful!
Looking for social support?
Our online support community of 24,000 members is the largest online peer support group focused solely on children's food allergies. Registration is free-so if you haven't already become a member, please join us and participate in sharing support, exchanging information, and giving and getting help with food ideas, recipes and cooking challenges! In addition to general forums, there are places to discuss special issues, like raising children with eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders, food protein-induced enterocolitis syndrome (FPIES), celebrating birthdays and special occasions (Yes, we can even help you bake your child's birthday cake!), and lots more!
New to food allergies?
Check out our free e-book starter guide, From Confusion to Confidence, and our online tutorial and videos. We also offer a one-page handout with need-to-know information focusing on prevention and preparedness.
Need help with grocery shopping, food ideas, baking, cooking or recipes?
Check out our label reading guides; basic substitution and "How to Cook" information; grocery shopping tips; and Safe Eats Recipe Database. We also offer twice-yearly reports on new allergy- and kid-friendly foods; an Allergy Buyer's Guide; and food and cooking support forums where you can ask other parents for tried-and-true suggestions.
Looking for help navigating holidays, school, travel or special occasions?
Check out our holiday guides, school resources, travel and camp tips! We've got lots more to offer too. So, visit our website soon, become a member and sign up for our free news updates! Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. We're here to help inform, connect and support families. I hope we can be of help to yours, too.