Sending your child back to school is a scary and challenging time for most families but for families who have children with food allergies, it must be even more unsettling. Fortunately I don’t have that issue, but I DO know many families who do. I know a family who has triplet’s and all three of their boys have severe allergies to peanuts and tree nuts. I know another family who also has a son with a severe peanut allergy. I have a friend who found she has a severe allergy to wheat gluten. A dear friend of mine has a daughter who has a severe allergy to milk products, this young lady has been hospitalized several times since I have known them when she unknowingly ate something with milk in it. I cannot imagine what those and many others go through when they send their children off to school.
These are just a few of the people I know with food allergies. There has been a rise in food allergies and it really is not clear as to why.
The incidence in peanut and tree nut allergies has tripled between 1997 and 2008. Some people have undiagnosed food allergies and there is a huge rise in school age children who have been diagnosed with life threatening food allergies.
As many as 15 million Americans have have food allergies, this includes about 6 million children!!
Did you know that just 8 foods account for 90% of food allergies? This includes milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts (included are: cashews, walnuts, pecans, almonds and pistachios), wheat, soy, fish and shellfish. There is no cure for food allergies. Strict avoidance of these products and early detection are important in preventing serious health consequences.
Food allergies are life changing for all people involved. There are some great resources to help during this life changing time.
Allergic Girl by Sloane Miller-As a child she had severe food allergies and now as an adult, she still has some severe allergies. Filled with advice, stories and experiences. She also has a blog Please Don’t Pass the Nuts.