November 14, 2012

Feeding Food-Allergy Anxiety

Posted in Anxiety, Food Allergy, Schools at 1:22 pm by 1ElleofaWoman

According to recent media reports, a woman in Ontario is petitioning to have oak trees near a school  removed because someone *might* have a reaction.  Apparently, no one in the school has an acorn allergy.  But someone, someday, might have one.  Both the American Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology (AAAI) and the Food Allergy and Anaphalaxis Network agree that there is no risk of a reaction from contact with an acorn.  They are not in the same family as tree nuts (almond, walnut, hickory, pecan, cashew) and are thus those with nut allergies are not likely to be allergic to acorns.  (By the way, AAAI says chestnuts are related to acorns, so no need to panic when chestnuts are roasting by an open fire.)

I cringe when I read stories like this.  Read the rest of this entry »

January 4, 2012

Another Sad News Story

Posted in Food Allergy, Schools tagged , , , at 1:19 pm by 1ElleofaWoman

I just read a very upsetting news article, “Child dies in school from peanut allergic reaction:  Mother questions school’s actions.”  According to the news article, a seven-year-old first-grade student in Virgina died from an allergic reaction earlier this week.  My heart goes out to this family at such a senseless death.

While I don’t know all the facts, I gather from the article that there was a complete lack of education all around. Read the rest of this entry »

January 7, 2011

Sad News. . .

Posted in Food Allergy, Restaurants, Schools tagged , , at 4:07 pm by 1ElleofaWoman

Just before Christmas I heard some sad news.  A thirteen-year old girl name Katelyn died from anaphylaxis — which is a severe allergic reaction — after eating Chinese food during a party at her Chicago school.  Katelyn was reportedly allergic to peanuts. The reason this made headlines is because it is a rare occurrence.  But for those whose children suffer from food allergies, the story is still chilling because the possibility of a fatal allergic reaction exists for anyone with a severe food allergy. Studies indicate that food allergy reactions lead to approximately 200,000 emergency room visits each year, including an estimated 90,000 visits for anaphylaxis.

Often the critical difference between life and death depends on how quickly treatment is given. The biggest weapons we have to protect our children are education and vigilance.

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June 19, 2010

The Blame Game

Posted in Food Allergy, Schools tagged , at 9:16 am by 1ElleofaWoman

One of the worst things about being the parent of a child with food allergies is that you have to watch your child feel left out.  In the beginning, Jess didn’t really notice she was getting something different.  But then she began to notice and it began bothering her.  At birthday parties, she looks longingly at cakes hoping to get a piece even though she could almost never have it.

So you try your best to do everything to keep your child included, which becomes a delicate balancing act.  Read the rest of this entry »