Our incredible allergy doctor suggested that we check out the FARE (Food allergy research & education) website. This site is laid out very well, it’s simple to navigate and very easy to understand. I suggest that not only you read it, but pass it on to friends and family so that they can become more educated on the food allergy affecting your home. I wanted to make sure that Beau’s extended family and the people that he was around on a regular basis understood what this egg allergy meant for him and anyone else who would be spending time with him!
The FARE website gives you information on what food allergies are, ways to avoid them, how to read food labels and so much more.
According to the FARE website, 1 out of every 13 children in the United States has a food allergy. I never knew that it was so common! Maybe I’ve just been blind to it throughout my life, but I don’t feel like I have ever seen or heard much about food allergies. I never knew how or why they occured. With this being such a widespread problem, especially in young children, I feel like more needs to be done to educate the society as a whole.
Eggs are the second most common of the 8 main food allergies in children. The other 7 are tree nuts, soy, fish, peanut, milk (which my husband is allergic to), wheat, and shellfish. While I’m specifically focusing on egg allergies on this website (because it’s the only one directly effecting my son at this time), I hope to be able to add more about other allergens in the future.
You can find this site at www.foodallergy.org.