Print Edition - 2018-02-15  |  Health and Living

Kids with food allergies often at risk

  • children’s health

Feb 15, 2018-

Parents of kids with food allergies often engage in behaviours that could trigger an allergic reaction in their child, a survey found. Almost half of parents of kids with food allergies reported at least one risky behaviour, such as not carrying epinephrine auto injectors or not reading food labels. These behaviours are likely due to knowledge gaps and misconceptions, as well as possible financial barriers, according to Dr Julie Wang of the Jaffe Food Allergy Institute of Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City and her colleagues. Wang’s team conducted the survey to better understand food allergy management behaviours and attitudes in their patients’ households. ”During our patient visits, we routinely counsel families about food allergy management to reduce the risk of allergic reactions. However, we noted that in some cases, our patients experienced allergic reactions that were associated with risk-taking behaviour,” Wang said.

“It is important to understand the barriers patients and their families face in managing their food allergies,” she said. As reported in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Wang and her colleagues surveyed 100 English-speaking parents of children ages six months to 18 years who had previously been diagnosed with food allergies and who came for follow-up visits at an urban allergy clinic.

Published: 15-02-2018 08:37

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