Australia’s 2018 Allergy Week saw the launch of a free smartphone app to help manage food allergy in children. The new app, Allergy Pal, can be used to provide instant access to a child’s ASCIA Action Plan, as well as crucial information about specific allergy triggers, personalised treatment strategies and foods that are known to be safe for the child.
The Allergy Pal app also aims to help recognise a food allergy reaction and provides immediate access to information about what to do in an emergency, including when to use an EpiPen.
The app aim is to also help reduce the stress of leaving young food-allergic children with other carers, such as family and friends, by providing access to important information and resources needed to care for a child with food allergies.
Allergy Pal has been developed by Australian paediatric allergists, Professors Mimi Tang and Katie Allen at Melbourne’s Murdoch Children’s Research Institute in conjunction with Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia (AAA Inc) and the Australian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA).
Allergy Pal is available for free and can be downloaded from iTunes and Google Play for Apple and Android devices.
For more information, visit www.mcriallergypal.com.au
Professor Katie Allen is a member of the Allergen Bureau VITAL® Scientific Expert Panel (VSEP). See more about the VSEP here.