The Need For A Balanced Diet When You Have Food Allergies

The first duty in preparing safe meals for children with food allergies is avoiding the offending ingredient or allergen(s). However, by avoiding these ingredients, a real risk exists that food allergy sufferers may be missing out on important nutrients that help maintain good health and stronger immune systems.

A balanced diet is essential. Discovering what important nutrients may be missing from your child’s diet as a result of the allergy and replacing it with an alternate source is recommended. Just one example of finding alternatives to ensure proper vitamin and nutrient absorption is the following; if the allergen is milk- which is rich in protein, calcium, Riboflavin, phosphorus, vitamins A, D, B12, which are essential for bone mineralization and growth. You can replace milk with meat, fish, poultry, legumes, eggs (fortified milk substitutes), leafy greens and other calcium-fortified foods.

Of course, you should only use these replacements if they are also safe for your child and if you are not sure, have your child tested. Each sufferer is different and discussing your nutritional needs with your allergist, family physician and/or nutrition expert is imperative.

Asthma and food allergies predictable as early as age one

Children at one year old who have eczema or atopic dermatitis (AD) and are sensitized to an allergen are seven times more likely than other infants to develop asthma, and significantly more likely to have a food allergy by age three.

This new finding from the Canadian CHILD Study will help doctors better predict which children will develop asthma and allergies, according to a paper published by the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

It has long been known that infants with eczema or atopic dermatitis (AD) are more likely to develop asthma and allergic rhinitis in later childhood, a progression known as “the atopic march.” But predicting precisely which children with AD will go on to develop these conditions has been difficult.

The CHILD researchers did find that having AD alone, without sensitization to an allergen, did not significantly increase children’s risk of developing asthma.

“Over the years, the clinical community has struggled to explain the atopic march,” said Dr. Malcolm Sears, founding director of the CHILD Study, a professor of medicine at McMaster University and a researcher at the Firestone Institute for Respiratory Health at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton.

Study : ‘Surprising’ Numbers Of Adults Are Developing Food Allergies

New research suggests almost half of all allergies suffered by adults begin in adulthood, and allergy rates among both kids and adults continue to rise.

The findings, which were presented this week at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Annual Scientific (ACAAI) Annual Scientific Meeting shows that almost half of all food-allergic adults surveyed reported one or more adult-onset food allergies.

“Food allergies are often seen as a condition that begins in childhood, so the idea that 45 percent of adults with food allergies develop them in adulthood is surprising,” says Ruchi Gupta, MD, MPH, ACAAI member and lead author of the study. “We also saw that, as with children, the incidence of food allergies in adults is rising across all ethnic groups.”

Teal Pumpkin Project offers safe Halloween for children with allergies

For children with food allergies, Halloween can be a tricky holiday, but the Teal Pumpkin Project aims to make the holiday safer and easier to navigate.

For millions of children with food allergies and their parents, the Halloween trick-or-treating tradition can sometimes be fraught with anxiety because many candies that are handed out contain major food allergens such as milk, peanuts, tree nuts and wheat.

FARE’s Teal Pumpkin Project promotes safety and inclusion for all trick-or-treaters by encouraging people to provide non-food treats on Halloween. A pumpkin painted teal, the color for food allergy awareness, signals that children will find a fun, non-food treat that anyone can enjoy.

Join FARE’s Teal Pumpkin Project to help create a safer, happier Halloween for all.

Visit these websites:
www.tealpumpkinproject.org
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STUDY: Life Saving Epinephrine Isn’t Administered Often Enough

Less than fifty percent of children who experience anaphylaxis receive epinephrine before treatment in an Emergency Department, despite the medication being the first line of defence against the condition.

According to a study published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, when youths experience serious allergy attacks, known as anaphylaxis – parents, teachers, caregivers, emergency responders and others often don’t administer epinephrine.

The research found that only 36 percent of patients experiencing anaphylaxis received epinephrine before arriving at the emergency department. There is a need for more education, showing caregivers “how to use the auto injectors and walking them through what signs to look for,” said Melissa Robinson, an allergist and lead author of the study.

Approximately 65 percent of the patients surveyed had a known history of anaphylaxis and half of this group had been prescribed epinephrine in the past. However, among the patients who had been prescribed epinephrine, only 70 percent had the medication with them at the time of the allergy attack.

Robinson and her team also noted that there was a major difference between the patients who arrived at the emergency room after being given epinephrine and those who hadn’t. Children whose caregivers had administered an EpiPen were 60 percent more likely to be discharged from the hospital rather than admitted.

Robinson speculates that a major part of the problem is that parents and caregivers often don’t recognize recognise symptoms of anaphylaxis quickly enough (or at all). Some of the most common symptoms include hives, trouble breathing, and vomiting, all which occur within two hours of being exposed to an allergen. She suggests administering epinephrine when two body symptoms react to the allergen (for example, hives and vomiting indicate that both the stomach and skin have been affected).

“If you’re not sure to the point where you’re thinking about it, I tell parents it’s better to give it than to wait,” Robinson said.

Food Allergy Bullying On The Rise

Children with food allergies are twice as likely to be bullied in school and are increasingly falling victim to food spiked by classmates, a new study has found.

A new report in the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health highlights that up to 30 per cent of the children surveyed in international studies reported being bullied because of their allergy.

Some were touched with allergens or had food deliberately contaminated. In some cases, children had an allergic reaction as a result of being bullied and hospitalised.

The study found that children with allergies were easy targets for bullying as they were often already socially isolated at school meal times. It also found that bullying also occured online

 

Single Treatment Could Eliminate Severe Allergies

A simple injection that gives life-long protection from severe food allergies could be just 10 years away.
Immunology researchers at the University of Queensland have successfully used gene therapy in animals to wipe the immune ‘memory’ of cells that react to the protein in allergens.
Team leader, Associate Professor Ray Steptoe said these immune cells, known as T-cells become very resistant to treatments, but gene therapy desensitises the immune system so it tolerates the protein.
While the research has focused on an experimental asthma allergen, Dr Steptoe believes it could be used to treat people who have severe allergies to peanuts, bee venom, shellfish and other substances.
This ground-breaking research has been funded by the Asthma Foundation and the National Health and Medical Research Council.
Dr Steptoe said the next step is to work on replicating the results using human cells in the laboratory.
Once that is achieved, a safe and simple gene therapy injection for people with potentially lethal food allergies could be available in a decade.

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Sydney Lights The Way For Food Allergy Awareness

On Thursday, May 18, Sydney’s Town Hall was illuminated in teal, the signature colour of food allergy awareness, making it the first building in Australia – and the first outside North America – to join the ‘Turn it Teal’ initiative.

‘Turn it Teal’, founded by Cleveland, Ohio native Stephanie Lowe in 2014, was created with the goal of lighting as many prominent monuments and buildings as possible to highlight Food Allergy Awareness Week, an initiative intended to educate the public regarding the seriousness of food allergy.

TRIGGER Food Allergy Awareness founder, Grace Farah said: “It was so exciting to see the stunning Sydney Town Hall lit in Teal. It’s a great initiative – people see the building lit and it starts a conversation, but it also shows our Aussie kids and families dealing with food allergies that Sydney cares and Australia cares”.

The focus now is to look towards next year and have people start to think about what building they can ‘Turn It Teal’ in their home town, city or state.

This year it was Sydney, but how great if next year, in 2018 we see Melbourne, Queensland, Adelaide, W.A, Tasmania and the Territory ‘Turn it Teal’, but also New Zealand, the UK, Europe and Asia.

“I urge every person in the food allergy community to start thinking about their efforts for next year and how they can become part of this great awareness campaign,” said Ms Farah.

To find out more on how you can ‘Turn it Teal’ go to www.turnitteal.com and suggest a site to light.

Study Finds EpiPens effective years after expiration date

Epinephrine auto-injectors can still deliver an effective dose long after they have expired, according to a new study.

Study author, Lee Cantrell, Professor of Medicine and Pharmacy at the University of California, San Diego, and his team measured 40 expired EpiPens.

They found that 29 months after expiration, the EpiPens still contained at least 90% of their stated amount of epinephrine.

EpiPens more than four years past the printed expiration date had more than 84% of the medication, enough to prevent anaphylactic shock.

The manufacturer advises patients to replace the life-saving devices annually. However, this new research builds on previous findings that epinephrine auto-injectors have a much longer shelf life than labels state.

“If someone has an allergic reaction, there’s still a dose that would be therapeutic in there,” Cantrell said. “If this is all you have, this is better than nothing.”

Sydney Town Hall First Australian Building To ‘Turn it Teal’

We are excited to announce that TRIGGER Awareness Food Allergy has joined with ‘Turn it Teal’ to bring this great awareness initiative to Australia.

In support of Food Allergy Awareness Week, the iconic Sydney Town Hall will be lit up in teal on Thursday 18 May, 2017, making it the first building in Australia – and the first outside North America – to join the ‘Turn it Teal’ initiative.

‘Turn it Teal’, founded in 2014 by Cleveland Ohio mother, Stephanie Lowe was created with the goal of lighting as many prominent monuments and buildings as possible to highlight Food Allergy Awareness Week and the need to educate others about food allergy, a potentially life-threatening and life-altering disease.

“I’m so excited to have the stunning Sydney Town Hall, an internationally recognised landmark, be the first to ‘Turn it Teal’ in Australia”, said Ms Lowe. “Australia has one of the highest rates of food allergies in the world and it seems fitting that it is one of the first countries to come on board and Turn it Teal”.

Australian journalist and TRIGGER Awareness Food Allergy founder, Grace Farah said: “this is such a great way to raise food allergy awareness and I knew we had to bring it here to Australia. People see the building lit and it starts a conversation, but it also shows our Aussie kids and families dealing with food allergies that Sydney cares and Australia cares”.

“My heartfelt thanks to Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore and her great team at City of Sydney for embracing the idea and making it happen”, Ms Farah said.

Stephanie Lowe said: “Food allergies are a global issue and my hope is that this will lead to many more countries and cities around the world participating in Turn It Teal”.

This May, many buildings will be lit up in teal including Niagara Falls, the Orlando Eye, US Bank Tower Los Angeles and Terminal Tower Cleveland, OH.

The Sydney Town Hall, the largest and most ornate late 19th century civic building in Australia, will shine in teal, the signature color of food allergy awareness, for six hours from 6pm to midnight on Thursday 18 May, 2017.

For more information about ‘Turn It Teal’, visit www.turnitteal.org

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