are the FAAN shopping cards worth it?

Posted on: Tue, 08/19/2003 - 10:04am
batrice's picture
Joined: 04/14/2003 - 09:00

my son is allergic to lots of stuff(see signature line), and i think i got all the names of these things. i asked about them on the off topic, and was directed to some good websites. so i copied them down on a note card i keep in my pocket. who has the Faan shopping cards, and did it really give out more info than you could find on your own?

mommy to gabriel 11-25-00
who is allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, eggs, grape, potato, rice, soybean, and tomato
and michael 6-16-03
exclusively breastfed

step mom to:
isaiah 06-18-96
rebekah 09-13-97

Posted on: Tue, 08/19/2003 - 1:22pm
nikky's picture
Joined: 11/14/2000 - 09:00

Congratulations on your new baby! I have the cards. I'm sure with a little searching you could find the info on your own. I just got them so I wouldn't have to do the work and because I didn't want to risk missing anything just in case.

Posted on: Tue, 08/19/2003 - 11:35pm
becca's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

O got the cards for peanuts and egg, and did not learn anything new. In fact, If I recall(since I never refer to them, once I read at them inititally) I believe it was all rather obvious to me and I have gotten a few more tips off of hanging around here.
JMO. becca

Posted on: Wed, 08/20/2003 - 1:20am
ophie's picture
Joined: 07/24/2003 - 09:00

I agree. The cards really weren't that helpful (purchased the peanut and egg cards). I already had the same information on some handouts I received from our allergist. I thought learning to read labels would be very difficult but my husband and I got the hang of it in only a couple of weeks.

Posted on: Wed, 08/20/2003 - 6:39am
Gail W's picture
Joined: 12/06/2001 - 09:00

I agree w/ all the previous posters. My daughter is PA/TNA. I purchased both cards from FAAN and found them to be basically useless.

Posted on: Wed, 08/20/2003 - 9:05am
virginia mom's picture
Joined: 03/12/2003 - 09:00

I,too, was hoping for a more detailed list of possible peanut ingredients on the shopping list - instead, it is a basic "avoid peanut, peanut butter, peanut flour, etc." This list is nowhere near specific enough to pass on to the parents of the students in my daughter's school. But it just occurred to me that maybe if we contact FAAN they will revise the "shopping lists".

Posted on: Wed, 08/20/2003 - 9:08am
marina_twinmom's picture
Joined: 09/06/2001 - 09:00

I was disappointed with the cards, too.

Posted on: Sat, 08/23/2003 - 3:37pm
solarflare's picture
Joined: 02/07/2002 - 09:00

Jason's allergist gave us photocopies of the cards when he was first diagnosed. They got pretty beat up so I transcribed them into a word document.
They're helpful for educating the school, but in everyday shopping, the bare minimum.
Cheryl, mom to Jason (6 PA/TA/other FAs and EAs),Joey (4 NKA) and Allison (11/02 dairy sensitive)

Posted on: Mon, 08/25/2003 - 2:35am
KarenD's picture
Joined: 01/11/2003 - 09:00

You can add me to the list who found the cards useless. I did so much research on my own that when I would go shopping I never looked at them. I think they might be good for a teenager or someone going off to college who is going to start shopping on his/her own.

Posted on: Sat, 08/30/2003 - 3:57pm
SMT's picture
Joined: 08/31/2003 - 09:00

I purchased the cards, I found them somewhat useful, but agree that you can find out alot of the info on your own. I also purchased the magnets for my fridge. What I also did was type up info on my computer, printed it out and hung that on my fridge. It contains instructions what to do w/ my work # in case of accidental ingestion. The reason for this is because I do work nights & even though my husband is home with my PA/DA son while I work, I feel better knowing it's there for everyone to see when they are in my home or in the event of an emergency so that people can see it so as to avoid a possible mistake. Don't know if that makes sense, but it gives me a little peace of mind

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