The One Thing Your Food Allergic Child Needs This Holiday Season

18 Nov The One Thing Your Food Allergic Child Needs This Holiday Season

Unknown 2By: Dr. Ruben Rucoba

A recent, large study of children with food allergies revealed several interesting facts about this group. Two, in particular, stand out:

  1. 19% of food-allergic children visited the Emergency Room one or more times in the prior year.
  2. Only 40.7% of food-allergic children reported having a current prescription for an epinephrine autoinjector (EpiPen, Auvi Q, Adrenaclick).

 

During the holiday season, our eating routines are disrupted. Children are attending school and social parties, gathering at other families’ homes, and may unknowingly eating food that contains ingredients to which they are allergic. Don’t be caught in a dangerous situation: make sure you have an epinephrine autoinjector with your child at all times. Make sure you or another adult who knows how to use the injector is always with your child, and if old enough, ensure your child knows how to use it, too. Have one at home, one at school, and one to travel with your child. Food allergies can be dangerous, so make sure your child is protected this holiday season.

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