…just like allergy sufferers. And they are on the rise. For many people allergies can range from sniffling and sneezing to skin rashes to gastrointestinal issues. A certain percentage, however, have more than these uncomfortable symptoms to deal with. Anaphylaxis, a serious life-threatening reaction, causes approximately 1,500 deaths a year in the United States alone. Clearly, allergies are nothing to sneeze at!
Articles for Advocacy
Following the article in last month’s newsletter about kids with allergies being bullied, here are some very helpful tips from parents and other experts if your child is facing this situation.
Allergies can be life-threatening – and a target for bullying. What to do if your kid is a victim.
By Anna Medaris Miller
Jan. 12, 2015
As a first-grader, Jeremy Francoeur didn’t want to go to school, and his mom didn’t know why.
When she asked, he told her about a game his classmates made up called “allergen tag.” The premise? Each kid pretended to be a food Jeremy is allergic to – an egg, a peanut or a shell fish, for example – and tried to tag him.
New Jersey is the latest state to follow in the footsteps of New York to allow the stocking of epinephrine in schools. Laws such as these have shown to save lives in other states, particularly in situations where it was not previously known a child even had a life-threatening allergy.
By Wendy Antosiewicz
January 09, 2015
Having a child diagnosed with food allergies is life-changing for the entire family.
At the Jaffe Food Allergy Institute at Mount Sinai hospital in New York, researchers are working on developing more accurate diagnostic methods and better treatments, as well as preventions for food allergies. These include everything from skin patches with small quantities of allergens to Chinese herbal therapy. We hope this will soon result in a safer future for all.
Hugh Sampson, M.D.
Director, Jaffe Food Allergy Institute
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Your child, who is allergic to peanuts and tree nuts, just received a coveted invitation to a big birthday bash. She is excited... but you're terrified. What foods will they serve at the party? Will they use the same ice cream scoop for the butter pecan as the vanilla? Will they offer candy containing a trace amount of peanuts?