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Written by a team of youth with food allergies from our Youth Advisory Panel (YAP), The Ultimate Guidebook for Teens with Food Allergies provides first-hand information on living with severe food allergies while having a normal teenage life. It provides real-life stories and the emotional impact that food allergies can have on a teen.

It features 21 chapters covering everything from food allergies and dating, dining out, travelling, to emotional aspects such as frustration, anxiety and being confident with allergies.  Featuring 21 allergy-related illustrations.

Download for $0.99 for your e-Reader:

Or search “Ultimate Guidebook for Teens with Food Allergies” in your e-reader’s store. It is also available to view for free as a FlipbookWe look forward to making this resource available in educational and public library networks, as well as a physical book in the future.

This eBook was funded by a grant from TD Securities and proceeds from the Annual Sean Delaney Memorial Golf Classic.

Reviews

  • “This guidebook is an excellent resource for children with food allergies.  It contains facts, opinions, tips and real examples that are very useful for anyone will food allergies.”   ~ Andrew – Teen
  • “As a parent of two children with severe peanuts/nuts allergies, I find this guidebook an excellent summary addressing all aspects of challenges associated with food allergies. It is very helpful for those with food allergies, their parents/caregivers and anyone who just want to learn more on this topic.  I like how the facts are presented upfront to educate readers about the epidemiology, current research and social stigma associated with condition.  All information is consistent with my readings and what was shared by my sons’ allergist.  In terms of treatments, it is good for my son to know that he is not alone in terms of having a ‘fear of needle’ and it makes sense to carry more than one needle in his fanny pack just in case there is a ‘biphasic’ reaction. The chapters in Section B “situations” are particularly relevant as we learn about how individuals manage different situations leading to different outcomes.  I like how there is always a “summary tips” section at the end of each chapter.  It is great to read about the experiences and lessons-learnt from member of the Food Allergy Canada’s Youth Advisory Panel.  They will better prepare the readers to address challenges in expected and unexpected scenarios.”  ~ Aileen – Parent



Videos for Teens

The following videos were created by a group of first year pharmacy students from the University of Montreal. They conducted research on the risks teens with food allergies take, and the positive and negative experiences they have faced.

Each video contains a scene that many teens with allergies can relate to. It then presents a “bad idea” and “good idea” scenario on how to manage each situation.

Note: the videos are in French with English subtitles.

Video 1 – Food allergies on a date

Dating with food allergies can be stressful. However, with some precautions and open, honest discussions with your partner, it is manageable. While anaphylaxis from kissing is rarely reported, traces of allergens can remain in the mouth and can trigger a reaction even hours after ingestion.

Additional tips:

  1. Tell your partner about your allergies sooner rather than later.
  2. Someone who doesn’t take your allergies seriously isn’t worth your time.
  3. Be aware that kissing can be an issue if your date has recently eaten your allergen.

For more information:

Video 2 – Food allergies at the restaurant

Dining out with food allergies can be done safely by being informed and communicating your needs.

Additional tips:

  1. Plan ahead by either calling the restaurant or looking on their website for allergy information.
  2. Tell the wait staff about your allergies and ask for safe food options.
  3. Be sure that the people you’re eating with know that you have allergies and where you keep your auto-injector.

For more information:

Video 3 – Food allergies during outdoor activities

Living with food allergies means being prepared and staying safe at home and away. Ensure that you are prepared to respond to an emergency by always having your auto-injector accessible.

Additional tips:

  1. Keep your auto-injector on you (backpack, purse or pocket).
  2. Ensure friends know where you keep your auto-injector so they can help you in case of a reaction.
  3. Epinephrine can be damaged by heat and cold so keep your auto-injector at room temperature.

For more information:

Video 4 – Food allergies and cross-contamination

Cross-contamination can happen when a small amount of a food allergen gets into another food accidentally, or when it is present in saliva, on a surface or on an object. This small amount of an allergen could cause an allergic reaction. It’s important to recognize how it happens, and how to avoid it.

Additional tips:

  1. Do not share food, utensils, or drinks.
  2. Communicate your food allergies to friends and teammates.
  3. Always have your auto-injector with you during sports and activities.

For more information:

Medical content reviewed by: Dr. Marie-Noël Primeau, MD, FRCPC

For more videos on teen issues such as kissing, dating, etc., visit WhyRiskIt.ca.

View all of our videos on our YouTube channel.