May 3, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Parents are reporting more skin and food allergies in their children, a government survey found. Experts are not sure what is behind the increase. Could it be that children are growing up in households so clean that it leaves them more sensitive to things that can trigger allergies? Or are mom and dad paying closer attention? "We don't really have the answer," said Lara Akinbami of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the senior author of the report released Thursday.
November 5, 2012
Many food-allergic kids are bullied, teased - by adults, too Research shows that many kids with food allergies report being bullied or teased about the condition. About 8 percent of U.S. children are allergic to at least one food, and many of them have multiple food allergies, studies show. The foods most likely to cause reactions in children include peanuts, tree nuts (such as cashews and walnuts), milk, shellfish, and eggs. A 2010 survey of more than 350 parents of food-allergic kids found that 35 percent of children 5 and older were bullied, teased, or harassed because of the allergy, and 86 percent of those reported it happening more than once.
September 21, 2012
By Jessica Braun I realized that I had lost control of my life when I couldn't eat the lasagna. I started dieting around ninth grade. I have been in The Zone, eaten a Big Mac sans bun, and squeezed many lemons into my magical maple syrup-cayenne pepper elixir. I can recite the foods most beneficial to my blood type (liver, mutton, beet leaves) and can say with certainty that saving all your Weight Watcher points for a six-pack of Miller Light (18 points) instead of food never ends well.
September 17, 2012
By Terri Faye Brown-Whitehorn In a typical classroom of 20 children, one is likely to have a food allergy that could cause a severe reaction. And one in six children with a food allergy will have his or her first allergic reaction at school. Despite growing awareness of food allergies, tragedies continue to occur. Earlier this year, a Virginia 7-year-old, Ammaria Johnson, ate a peanut at recess and died from a severe allergic reaction. Epinephrine, a medication that may have been able to save Ammaria's life, was not available at her school.
August 30, 2012 |
While I'm away, readers give the advice. On missing your child's birth because of a prior social commitment: I am an aunt to two children whose mother died giving birth to the second child 13 years ago. It still happens. You need to be there. On unsolicited opinions and advice on medical conditions: My daughter is 7, and from age 3 has had asthma triggered by tree-pollen allergies, as well as an egg allergy we must carry an EpiPen for. She is also allergic to any furry and feathered pets, dust, and weeds, and can get asthmatic in other people's houses from pet hair/dander.
August 21, 2012
The camera pans across piles of oat, millet, and rice flour and an invitation to a "food allergy party. " The soundtrack swells with the Les Miserables show tune "One Day More," which gets a hypoallergenic rendering as "One Grain More," showing heartbreak in the kitchen - and the bathroom. Then four miserable French chefs try to whip up confections with no allergens. Inspired by his own diagnosis of food allergies, Wynnewood-based musical theater actor-writer Michael Bihovsky has made a music video showing the burden of living with food allergies in a gluttonous, gluten-heavy society.
June 14, 2012 |
If you or your kids stay away from gluten — an estimated one in 16 Americans are sensitive to the protein found in wheat and other grains — dining out can be a challenge. Ditto for other food allergies. There's now a suite of mobile apps for the iPhone and iPad that help you navigate allergy- and gluten-free fast food, restaurant dining and more. From Kim Koeller and Robert La France, authors of the 2011 Let's Eat Out with Celiac (R & R Publishing, $26.95) and the pocket Multi-Lingual Phrase Passport, the apps let you chew in peace.
January 27, 2012 |
The Internet nearly killed Amy Kunkle's Philadelphia business when an ill-advised Groupon offer drove her thousands of dollars into a hole. But this week, the Internet also helped save it. Kunkle owns Mount Airy's Food for All Market, a cafe and shop at 7127 Germantown Ave. Food for All serves a special niche: people wary of certain foods - nuts, soy, eggs, wheat, and others - that cause them allergic reactions. It's a market Kunkle, 36, knows firsthand. She and her son Gabriel, 8, both carry emergency pens to inject themselves with epinephrine in case they react to an allergen.
June 20, 2011 |
CHICAGO - Food allergies affect about one in 13 U.S. children, double the latest government estimate, a new study suggests. The researchers say about 40 percent of them have severe reactions - a finding they hope will erase misconceptions that food allergies are just like hay fever and other seasonal allergies that are troublesome but not dangerous. Overall, 8 percent of the children studied had food allergies; peanuts and milk were the most common sources. That translates to nearly 6 million U.S. children.
March 30, 2009 |
Prominently displayed in every classroom in the House at Pooh Corner in Germantown is this chart: Ben: peanuts Audrey: blueberries and strawberries Marley: squash Mateo: fava beans Tahir: seafood Elie, Lola, Raj, Solveig, Zuri: dairy Elise: milk, soy Sarah: eggs These are the reported food allergies of 12 out of 55 Pooh preschoolers. "This is a relatively new phenomenon," says Teri DiCesare, owner and director of Child's Conceptions Day Care Center, which operates Pooh.