Managing Your Child's Food Allergies in School
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For parents of a child with food allergies, the thought of sending them out into others’ care—six or seven hours a day in school—can be downright frightening. This crash course on managing food allergies at school should put you at the head of the class.
Food Allergies 101
Food allergies are on the rise. A survey published last year in the journal Pediatrics found that one in every 12 children in the United States has food allergies and nearly 39 percent of those with allergies have suffered a severe reaction. Most food allergies start early in life and some can be outgrown. Allergies to peanuts, tree nuts, and shellfish usually persist a lifetime. Know that allergies produce an immune response to a substance, while food intolerance interferes with the ability to digest specific foods.
A family history lesson might reveal your child’s risk. When both parents have allergies, kids have a 75 percent chance of being allergic. Only 10 to 15 percent of children develop allergies when mom and dad are allergy-free.
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