Archive for October, 2006

FA kids can still make most of Halloween

Posted by SB Anderson on October 31st, 2006

From the USA’s United Press International: “For U.S. children Halloween is a scary night, but for parents of trick-or-treaters with food allergies, it can be a night of terror. In addition to food allergies of peanuts, tree nuts and milk products, some children are allergic to latex used for many masks and costumes. Parents of younger children can maintain control and politely refuse some goodies or can make alternative plans to trick-or-treating such as hosting a costume party.” Read more here.

Add cooked white potato to allergen list

Posted by SB Anderson on October 30th, 2006

From Islamabad, Pakistan’s “A team of Belgian researchers has identified another food that may be responsible for severe eczema, vomiting and other allergic reactions in infants and young children: cooked white potatoes. ‘I don’t think it’s really frequent,’ study author Dr. Liliane F. A. De Swert of the University Hospital Gasthuisberg in Leuven, says Belgium. Still, it is ‘important to be aware it can cause severe allergic problems in young children.’ ” Read more here.

Cow’s milk allergy prevalent, often misdiagnosed

Posted by SB Anderson on October 30th, 2006

From Singapore’s “Cow’s milk allergy is one of the most common childhood allergies but it is often misdiagnosed, say doctors. It is believed that 3.5% of all children who have severe reactions to food are allergic to cow’s milk. Angry rashes plagued Charlotte Lum from the time she was just five weeks old.” Read more here.

FA kid uses Halloween as fund-raiser

Posted by SB Anderson on October 30th, 2006

From New Jersey’s Trenton Times: “At least one 5-year-old is determined not to be tricked by the treats she receives this Halloween. Emily DeLia has multiple life-threatening food allergies that will prohibit her from participating in Halloween the traditional way.” Read more here.

Rise of an allergy nation

Posted by SB Anderson on October 30th, 2006

From Australia’s Sydney Morning Herald: “Taped to the wall of a child-care centre in inner-city Sydney is a four-page spreadsheet of children’s allergies. One little girl brings her own water and one little boy can drink only soy milk. There are three vegetarians and a handful of gluten-frees. One poor soul can’t eat honey, strawberries, peanuts, eggs or sesame products. It’s a compelling snapshot of our itchy, scratchy nation, in which about 40 per cent of Australians have an allergic disease, including asthma, eczema, food allergies, and hay fever.” Read more here.

Increase in allergy emergency calls

Posted by SB Anderson on October 30th, 2006

From Australia’s Sydney Morning Herald: “AMBULANCE officers are responding to a record number of life-threatening allergic reactions – anaphylaxis – with a 33 per cent increase in call-outs since 2001. Severe peanut allergies were largely to blame, director of the allergy unit at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Dr Rob Loblay, said. NSW Ambulance Service figures show officers responded to 2086 anaphylactic cases last financial year, compared with 1570 in 2001/2002.” Read more here.

Nothing nutty about food allergies

Posted by SB Anderson on October 30th, 2006

From Vermont’s Rutland Herald: “More than at any point in history, school administrators are finding it necessary to prepare children and staff for a potentially deadly situation: the consumption of nuts. Peanut allergies are changing the way school employees and parents deal with feeding children. In many classrooms or cafeterias, a simple snack of peanut butter and crackers no longer is an option.” Read more here.

School FA dangers beyond the lunchroom

Posted by SB Anderson on October 30th, 2006

From Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s “Many schools try hard to keep students safe from allergic reactions to food. But you might be surprised to find there are things in your child’s classroom, they don’t eat, which could still harm them and Medical Reporter Stephanie Stahl reports on the details. Label reading is a way of life for middle schooler David King.” Read more here.

Treats, not tricks, please

Posted by SB Anderson on October 30th, 2006

From Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s “Halloween is supposed to be fun. But for the parents of kids with food allergies, it can be more tricks than treats. Be careful of the labelling for those treats, especially candies – some can be confusing. Robin Davison, of AllergiK ID, a Montgomery County company which carries products for kids with allergies – says 4 Hershey’s chocolate bars may seem pretty much alike. However, Davison, the mother of a child with food allergies, says, ‘The full-size milk chocolate bar is labelled with ingredients, but there’s no allergy information.’ ” Read more here.

Halloween spooky for kids with food allergies

Posted by SB Anderson on October 26th, 2006

From Hamilton, Ontario’s “For children with food allergies, Halloween treats can be tricky: For those whose allergies are severe, even a single bite of some treats can be life-threatening. About 100 North Americans, usually children, die each year from food-induced allergic reaction, according to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.” Read more here.