What Every Parents Needs to Know About Food Allergies

The Ready2Go Campaign encourages parents to get their children ready to deal with anaphylaxis.
Anaphylaxis, a life-threatening allergic reaction, is a significant health problem in the United States – with an estimated one in 13 U.S. children living with a food allergy. But the fact is that data from a recent survey suggests that there is a lack of understanding about anaphylaxis and what to do if it happens among people with potentially life-threatening (severe) allergies and their parents; and more education is needed.

The major food allergens come from just 8 foods:
· milk
· soy
· wheat
· peanuts
· tree nuts
· shellfish
· eggs,

Warning signs of a food allergy:
· tingling or itching in the mouth, nose, or throat
· swelling of the lips face, tongue or throat
· nasal congestion or trouble breathing
· feeling faint, dizzy or lightheaded
· a sense of impending doom

Dr. Clifford Bassett, an allergist based in New York City, discussed the surprising results of the survey, tips for recognizing the signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis, and how parents and caregivers can nominate their child for the Ready2Go Draft.

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