Back to School Essentials for Kids with Food Allergies

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It is that time of year again! Shopping for backpacks, uniforms, new sneakers, pencils, markers … you get the gist. As parents of kids with food allergies (and asthma, eczema, environmental allergies and more) we have even longer lists of supplies needed before the bell rings! We’ve compiled a list of essentials (that you can even purchase from right where you are, super convenient right?!) we hope will help you with all your last minute errand-running, lunch-packing and uniform-fitting. :)

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Labels: To mark your child’s lunch, snacks, water bottles and more!

Mabel’s Labels Write Away Peel and Stick Labels

Mabel’s Labels Write Away Peel and Stick Labels 60 count mixed pack come with designs boys and girls love, and even some they can agree on! The surface of each label is waterproof, dishwasher safe, microwave safe and UV resistant. Mabel’s Labels are built to last. Prevent mixups and lost toys with easy to use Write Away Labels. Award winning Mabel’s Labels has been keeping things out of the lost found since 2002. Get organized and save money with this 60-pack of multi-purpose, long lasting labels.

AllerMates Food Allergy Medical Stickers

If you are looking for something just to label, not write on, these are incredibly helpful as well. Dairy, nut, gluten and more specific options!

Lunchboxes: In some schools, they serve a safe lunch, but rather than risking cross-contamination, pack your child’s lunch at home!

PlanetBox Rover Lunchbox Complete is the eco and easy way to pack healthy, waste-free lunches. Part bento box, part TV dinner tray, PlanetBox is the custom-designed, all in one solution for packing well-balanced lunches kids love. Made out of high quality stainless steel, its the safe, non-toxic alternative to plastic. Individual compartments ensure that foods don’t touch each other and that lunch arrives looking neat and appealing. The individual compartments remind parents to pack a varied lunch which includes fruits and veggies, and makes eating that lunch quick and easy for kids. This is the Cadillac of lunchboxes :)

EasyLunchboxes 3-Compartment Bento Lunch Box Containers: The fastest way to pack a lunch box. Guaranteed. Container lids stay put, but can be easily removed by toddlers. (Not leak-proof). Please do not use with liquid or runny food items. Durable and reusable, the containers are of much heavier quality than similar ‘take and toss’ products and will last through many months of waste-free lunch packing. Microwave, freezer and dishwasher safe. Almost any menu can fit into the compartments. Foods keep separated and don’t “touch”. Perfect for people with allergies who need breakfast, lunch, and/or dinner packed gluten-free, nut-free, etc.

Inhaler Cases

Have an older kid that would like a cuter case? This is a great option here! Younger kids that prefer something like what AllerMates has to offer? Check out these!!

Allergy Apparel

Cute shirts from Inktastic: “This Little Monkey Has Food Allergies”. And Allergy Apparel makes dozens of amazing options for all your kiddos! They also have great bracelets that are excellent for helping younger children communicate about their allergies.


Check out this list of some of our favorite allergy-friendly snack options. Some classrooms will even let you leave a stock of your child’s favorite items in a drawer or basket.


Last but not least, be sure to read our article “Tips From a Teacher” and also our list of great children’s resources about food allergies!

What would YOU add to the list? Veteran parents, any advice for the newer crowd??


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Alayna Wetherhead

Alayna Wetherhead lives in Connecticut with her husband and son who totally thinks he's a superhero. She likes running, making cookies out of chick peas, is a Yankee fan by marriage, and gets a high out of seeing her grocery total after coupons. She also has an Instagram you can follow.

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