A Few of My Favorite Things

There are some great products out there to make life a little easier when you deal with food allergies every day. Here are a few of my favorites:

Toaster Bags- These bags are great when you're traveling or visiting relatives. You just put the bread (or whatever you want to toast) into the bag and pop it into the toaster. No more worries about cross-contamination. When you're finished, just rinse it out for next time. You can get the bags at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0012XGM92/ref=cm_cr_mts_prod_img.

Cupcake Holders- Sending a cupcake to school or to a birthday is no longer a messy endeavor. Just put the cupcake into this single plastic holder and it will travel in style and arrive in perfect condition. Go to http://www.cupacake.com to learn more.

Epinephrine Carrier- My son prefers the simple waist pack which can be found at http://medipouch.com. He wears it whenever he leaves the house. It's just like putting a belt on every morning and we know he has his medicine with him if he needs it.

Customized Medical bracelets- Several companies design medical bracelets for children and will engrave specific information on the back such as allergies, instructions, parent cell phone number, whatever you want. The designs certainly favor girls as the bracelets can be made with beads and crystals, but there are boy products available. See http://www.hahoriginals.com/catalog/default.php?cPath=66_63 for some ideas.

Restaurant Cards- We don't eat in restaurants very often, but these cards are great helpers to explain to wait staff, managers and chefs about food allergies. See http://www.achooallergy.com/foodallergycards.asp to order.

Ingredient Cards- I take ingredient cards to the store with me so that I can interpret some of the confusing food labels. How was I to know that "whey" means milk and must be avoided by someone with a dairy allergy? These cards a big help. You can purchase them for $2.00 each through the Food Allergy Network (http://www.foodallergy.org). Just click on "Shop for Books and Gifts".

Do you have any products you love? Please share.
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