Using Smartphone Apps to Fight Food Allergies

One of my kids have food allergy to dairy products such as milk and cheese.  It can be hassle to look at labels all the time to check if it contains some sort of milk ingredient.  Sometime, we miss it and end up giving it to our kid by accident.  Shortly after, it is usually followed by Benadryl. 

Besides diary product allergy, there are plenty of other food allergies including nuts, shrimp, and even eggs.  Studies have shown that food allergies are here to stay as it continues to rise in children.  No one knows for sure but maybe it has to do with how parents are raising their children too clean.  Here is the good news.  We can now download smartphone apps to manage food allergies.

UPC Food Scanner ($1)

This app scans the bar code, which then lists out all the food ingredients.  You can even customize it to warn you of specific triggers.  By using this app, I can ensure I don’t miss any milk ingredients.

 
 
 
 

Food Allergy Detective ($3)

This app can help you identify potential food problem.  It tracks symptoms like diarrhea and rashes every time when you eat certain food.  As it gathers data, it will alert you to a certain patterns and potential problems.

 
 
 
 

AllergyEatsMobile ($0 – free)

This app finds local restaurants that cater to children with food allergies and covers many different allergies such as peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, eggs, wheat, gluten, fish, shellfish, sesame and soy.  This app also offers menus including gluten-free menus, allergen lists, certifications, nutrition info, and links to dining tips.  You can search restaurants by zip code or GPS location.

 


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