An important part of successful food allergy management are support groups. The diagnosis of food allergy can be a very lonely and devastating diagnosis. It often occurs at random in a young family and the child may have just suffered a frightening life threatening reaction. Often times the diagnosis may have been based on inaccurate testing and the list of foods the family is instructed to avoid is overwhelming. There is a tremendous amount of anxiety and at times guilt. The world it appears has been turned upside down.

Food allergy support groups are an excellent means for families to network and share experiences. What airlines are the most food allergy friendly? What precautions to take before flying? What preschools are best equipped and trained for the food allergy child? What bakery will bake an egg free cake? What restaurants are food allergy friendly? It is reassuring to meet other families who have experienced and successfully navigated the same issues. Also for children it is a great way to get together in play groups, share holiday parties, and meet other children with similar food allergies. 

My role as the physician advisor to the Austin Families with Food Allergies group has been a most rewarding experience. Food allergies are such a complex topic and I enjoy spending the time in a casual setting to answer the many questions thoroughly. In return, I learn how families cope with the numerous restrictions and daily challenges. This information is invaluable and helps in my daily interactions with our many food allergy families. 

  • Successful lobbying and passage of a food allergy bill to establish mandatory guidelines for all public schools in Texas.
  • Our annual Austin Food Allergy Walk at Mueller Park every fall.
  • Meetings on a monthly basis discussing relevant food allergy topics
  • Our annual food allergy retreat in May at Peaceable Kingdom in Killeen, TX
  • Our annual dad's night out meeting in February
  • Kyle Dine performance at Biscuit Brothers Fine Arts Farm


Austin Families with Food Allergies
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