Living Confidently with Food Allergy teaches important information about food allergy, suggests ways to educate your child and others, and offers helpful tips and support. . . You will find that as you learn more, managing allergies will become part of your daily life. You will begin to feel more in control and less anxious or worried about your child’s allergy.
– from Welcome Letter, Living Confidently with Food Allergy
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Living Confidently Handbook

A resource to help your patients learn important information about food allergy management, ways to educate their children and communities, and other helpful tips and support.

Also available in Spanish.

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Living Confidently with Food Allergy: A guide for parents and familiesLiving Confidently with Food Allergy: A guide for parents and families

Living Confidently with Food Allergy is a comprehensive and easy to read handbook that guides families managing food allergies. This resource can be downloaded as a free pdf and is the result of a collaborative effort headed and supported by Anaphylaxis Canada. This handbook is appropriate for both US and Canadian families.

*Note: This handbook is copyright protected. Although it is completely free to download and print, we request that you do not repost the pdf on the internet.

You can download the entire Handbook above, or by sections below.
What are Food Allergies? Explaining to Kids What it Means to Live with a Food AllergyWhat are Food Allergies? Explaining to Kids What it Means to Live with a Food Allergy

This 4 ½ minute slide show teaches elementary school age children without food allergies why kids with food allergies need to do things a bit differently. It is designed to increase understanding, encourage children to support their classmates, and discourage bullying. This resource can be used by school nurses and teachers in the classroom as well as a tool to introduce families in the school community to the basic concepts of food allergies.

Test Your Food Allergy Knowledge: Do You Know Answers to These Common Food Allergy Questions?Test Your Food Allergy Knowledge: Do You Know Answers to These Common Food Allergy Questions?

Nine interactive True/False questions that are designed to increase food allergy awareness while reviewing some skills important for managing food allergies. These questions address some common myths that can sometimes make things seem scarier than they are.

Food Allergy Drop-off & Babysitting FormFood Allergy Drop-off & Babysitting Form

Guide to review key food allergy management principles and to inform other caretakers about your child’s specific food allergies. Handy reference for playdates, birthday parties, and other drop-off situations. Created in collaboration with Kids with Food Allergies.

How to Read an Ingredient Label for Food AllergiesHow to Read an Ingredient Label for Food Allergies

Brief slideshow with audio on how to read an ingredient label, and reviews the Food Allergy Labeling Law in the US


Kids with Food Allergies: A division of the national nonprofit Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. KFA educates families and communities with practical food allergy management strategies to save lives and improve the quality of life for children and their families.


Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: A not-for-profit organization that provides practical information, community based services and support to people through a network of Regional Chapters, Support Groups and other Local Partners around the U.S.


Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics: A nonprofit family health organization dedicated to eliminating suffering and death due to asthma, allergies and related conditions. Today, AANMA’s core areas of expertise are education, advocacy and community outreach.


Food Allergy Research & Education: A nonprofit organization that was formed in 2012 as the result of a merger between the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network and the Food Allergy Initiative. It's mission is to ensure the safety and inclusion of individuals with food allergies while relentlessly seeking a cure.

Anaphylaxis CanadaAnaphylaxis Canada

Anaphylaxis Canada was started in 2001 with the mission to inform, support, educate and advocate for the needs of individuals and families living with anaphylaxis and to support and participate in research.. With offices in Toronto, Ontario and Kamloops, British Columbia, they provide information, programs and services to thousands of people each year. Through media initiatives they increase public awareness and reach millions more.


American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology: A professional organization with more than 6,700 members dedicated to the advancement of the knowledge and practice of allergy, asthma and immunology for optimal patient care.


American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology: A professional association of more than 5,700 allergists/immunologists working toward the common goals of patient care, education, advocacy and research.


The National Association of School Nurses advances the specialty practice of school nursing to improve the health and academic success of all students. Its core goal is that every child has a school nurse, all day, every day.


National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practioners: The professional home for PNPs and other advanced practice nurses who care for children. NAPNAP is the only national organization dedicated to improving the quality of health care for infants, children and adolescents and to advancing the PNP’s role in providing that care.


Consortium of Food Allergy Research: Established by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to conduct multi-center clinical trials, observational studies, mechanistic studies and basic research towards further understanding of the best possible treatment approaches for food allergies

NIAID Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Food Allergy for Patients, Families, and CaregiversNIAID Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Food Allergy for Patients, Families, and Caregivers

Guidelines written by an expert panel to provide up-to-date clinical advice on managing food allergies. They are intended to empower patients, families, & caregivers with the knowledge they need to manage the disorder and experience a better quality of life.

Living Without MagazineLiving Without Magazine

Living Without is a leading health and lifestyle magazine for people with food allergies. Every issue provides timely information on the latest medical research and news related tofood allergies and celiac disease. Living Without provides essential guidance and support for those living on special diets.

Allergic Living MagazineAllergic Living Magazine

The purpose of this magazine is to engage, inform and assist readers living with food and environmental allergies and asthma. It offers indepth articles about these conditions as well as useful tips and advice columns.

Allergy EatsAllergy Eats

This peer-based ratings and review website and smartphone app lets users see at-a-glance which restaurants have been more willing and better able to accommodate special dietary requirements, allowing food allergic diners to make more informed choices about where to dine out. It is based on feedback from other food-allergic diners around the U.S

Food Allergy Books

Asthma Allergies Children: A Parent Guide by Paul Ehrlich & Henry Ehrlich

The Food Allergy Experience by Ruchi Gupta, MD

Food Allergies: A Complete Guide for Eating When Your Life Depends on It by Scott Sicherer MD

Food Allergies for Dummies by Robert Wood MD

The Peanut Allergy Answer Book: 2nd Edition by Michael Young MD

Allergic Girl: Adventures in Living Well with Food Allergies by Sloane Miller



The information in this handbook is for educational purposes only. It is meant to help people learn how to manage a child’s allergies. It is not meant to give specific medical advice, recommendations, diagnosis, or treatment.

Readers should not rely on any information contained in this handbook as a replacement or substitute for professional medical advice or diagnosis or treatment. Nor should they delay getting professional medical advice or treatment because of information contained in this handbook. Medical knowledge is constantly developing.

Please speak with your child’s doctor or other healthcare professional before making any medical decision that affects your child or if you have any questions or concerns about their food allergies.

The authors of this handbook – Michael Pistiner, Jennifer LeBovidge and Anaphylaxis Canada – as well as individual contributors and reviewers will not be held responsible for any action taken or not taken based on/or as a result of the reader’s interpretation (understanding) of the information contained herein.

Please note that AllergyHome is not affiliated with Boston Children’s Hospital

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