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Mother develops app to help manage food allergies

Shared by Ana Duarte on 2018-03-07 14:38

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The app is called Spokin. It consists of a forum for the food allergy community that can be personalized according to each user's preferences (allergies, interests and location). It helps to spread the word about ingredients that may not be listed on a restaurant's menu. There are also recommendations for restaurants, groceries, hotels, airlines and resorts. It also allows the user to find advice and resources from people who also have allergies.

Susie, an app developer, created Spokie because there was no solution that helped her daughter manage her allergies.

"She was wheezing, coughing. We did not even know what an auto injector was. We didn't have one in our home. It came down on us pretty hard to hear how her life was going to change. A lot of work went in to just trying to let her live the fullest life possible, but then as life went on it was things like wanting to attend overnight camp or go on a trip with a friend. As a middle schooler wanting to go with her friends to get an ice cream cone. I've always felt that there was a mom out there just like me who had a peanut and tree nut allergic child that probably had a bunch of restaurants she could recommend, or if she was going to come to Chicago I could recommend to her, but we didn't know each other", the mother explained.

The app is free and is available for iOS. Susie is trying to get funding so that she can develop the app for Android.

More info: https://www.spokin.com/

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About the author

Susie Hultquist, who lives in USA, is a mother whose daughter Natalie suffers from food allergies. She invented an app to help manage her daughter this condition.

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