If you have allergic children this is important information to talk about with your children, physician, and school or child care facility. Food allergies for kids in school and other places away from is more and more common.
The Growing Problem of Food Allergy
Food allergy is a growing epidemic in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that nearly 3 million children younger than 18 years are affected by food allergy; over the past 10 years, the number of new cases of food allergy has increased 10-fold. Food allergy can have a wide-ranging, negative effect on children and their families, affecting not only life at home but also work, education, vacation, and entertainment. Virtually no life activity remains unaffected by the presence of a potentially fatal allergy. Recognizing that there is no known cure or proven treatment, the number of cases of food allergy is expected to increase. Studies have also suggested that many food allergies persist longer than was once previously assumed. The chances are high that an individual parent or child will interact with a food-allergic person every day. Although much work has been accomplished in spreading the message that food allergens can potentially be life-threatening, a clear lack of understanding about this issue in many persons without food allergy remains. The main management strategy for food allergy — avoidance — is difficult to implement, a fact often underappreciated by unaffected individuals. Food allergy has become a global social issue, and protecting the health and self-esteem of affected children as well as the quality of life of the family, is a responsibility that must be shared by the entire community.
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Source: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/746589?src=ptalk”>Medscape Pediatrics