Smartphones have become such an integral part of our everyday lives that it’s hard to imagine they’ve been around for only about a decade. What on earth did we do without everything at our fingertips?
And while there are many good arguments for unplugging our lives a little, some clever and utterly useful apps have the power to change our lives for the better, including the way we manage our children’s food allergies.
Have a look at these four must-have food allergy apps for starters:
- Veta Smart Case. It’s important to get into the habit of carrying an epinephrine auto-injector at all times, but accidents can happen. Wouldn’t it be nice to realize that the auto-injector was left behind before you got too far from home? That’s just one of the nifty features of the Veta Smart Case and App. The app alerts you not only to separation with the case, but also tells you when the auto-injector is about to expire or if the ideal storage temperature has no longer been met. And should the case be opened, the app alerts an extended network, including parents, school officials and anyone else who needs to respond.
- Neocate Footsteps. Infants with food allergies can’t speak up about how they are feeling. It’s up to parents and caregivers to interpret the signs and symptoms. The Neocate Footsteps app is a tracking system that makes it easy to spot food allergy trends in infants. The graphs and charts help you pin point which formulas or solid foods lead to symptoms like rashes or diarrhea. It also serves as a conduit for information and support for parents of infants with food allergies, full of recipes and articles.
- DineSafe. Eating out is a huge concern for people with food allergies. Will the restaurant take requests seriously? Is the staff trained? Will anything on the menu be allergen-free in the first place? Worries about cross-contamination can make dining out a less-than-relaxing experience, and one that many people with food allergies simply avoid as much as possible. But the DineSafe app makes dining out a more enjoyable experience by showcasing in-depth allergy information from restaurants. It’s up to individual restaurants to create their own accounts, and from there, app users can find a dining experience that suits their needs.
- My Food Detective. Label reading for food allergies is an art form, especially for anyone who is allergic to foods beyond the Top 8, which are the only ones required to have the “Contains” or “May Contain” label on food packages. But even common food allergens, like milk, can appear under myriad alternative names in ingredients lists. For new food allergy parents and caregivers, grocery shopping can be a lengthy chore … which is exactly what Billye Kraus hopes her new app My Food Detective will counteract. The idea is simple! Scan a barcode and find out if a food is safe or not. The app is fully customizable to take into account all of your child’s food allergies. The app will be officially available for purchase May 2017.
Have you used any of these apps? Have they helped you manage your child’s food allergies? Which other food allergy apps would you recommend? Chime in via the comments below!