By Heather Legg
I came across a new product geared to food allergy awareness that I haven’t seen before. There’s lots of products out there, some very cute, to make sure a child’s food allergy is well known. I’ve seen t-shirts, jackets, patches, lunch boxes, even tattoos. This one is a band (it sort of looks like a dog collar in a good way!).
The Food Allergy-Band was the brainchild of three partners from the Nashville area, who have personally been affected by their kids with food allergies. Parents who manage their child’s food allergy understand that awareness is the key to keeping harmful foods out of their reach. The Food Allergy-Band offers an added layer of protection because they stay with the child when parents and guardians cannot.
Dairy and nut allergies are the two primary food allergies that can be life-threatening. The number of children affected by food allergies has doubled in the past 10 years and now affects over 12 million Americans. Each year more than 125,000 children visit emergency rooms because of food allergy reactions.
Our hope is that the bands will not only serve an awareness purpose but also be something that kids and parents alike will enjoy using. Each band is designed for a specific allergy, is 100% latex free and incorporates a “kid friendly” design.
The band follows your child when you cannot.
The bands come in three styles: dairy, peanut and food, and they come in blue and pink for dairy or nuts and green for food.
This is a great idea, especially for young children when parents can’t be around them, like birthday parties, school, activities. It not only serves as information and a reference, but also as a reminder to the adults and child that there is a sever allergy to be taken into consideration.
I know I’ve left my daughter in the past at birthday parties and after in depth explanation of her allergy to the host, leave while saying a few prayers that the host will actually remember during the hustle and bustle of the party. Remember, adults and in charge usually have a lot going on, and while your child’s teacher or your best friend may remember allergies, the party mom or camp counselor may not. These bands are a nice reminder.
The cost is $9.99 and you can find more information on the product and how to order at www.assureproducts.com.