Allergies in Children: Parent Resources
Navigating the various resources in order to understand childhood allergies sometimes is overwhelming. The following credible sources are research based and well renowned.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is the leader in health information for children. Visit the AAP at www.aap.org, and enter the allergy you wish to research in the search box at the top left hand side of the screen. A more thorough look at the Web site will reveal articles on how to determine if a child has a food allergy (signs and symptoms), as well as audio files and resources for families.
Also popular is www.kidswithfoodallergies.org. Almost any allergy question is answered through the Parenting Resources area of the Web site. Information is broken down into:
- Allergy-friendly food reports
- Diagnosis and testing
- Emotional and social issues
- Food allergens
- Food and cooking
- Gastrointestinal disorders
- Managing food allergies
- Medication and pharmacy
- Product safety and labeling
- School and preschool
The food allergy and anaphylaxis network is available at www.foodallergy.org. You can sign up for alerts to notify you of food allergens. This site is extremely user friendly and has up-to-date information on news and media information related to food labeling and advocacy.
Although this site is possibly too sophisticated for young children, http://kidshealth.org/kid/ill_injure/sick/food_allergies.html is a good site to teach your older children about food allergies and what to expect. This site discusses:
- What it feels like to have an allergic reaction
- What to expect at the doctor’s office
- What is going on inside the body with an allergic reaction
For information regarding the role of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in regulating the labeling of foods that commonly cause allergic reactions, review Food Allergies: When Food Becomes the Enemy, which is available on line at:
Nicolette Dumke has written a book called The Ultimate Food Allergy Cookbook and Survival Guide: How to Cook With Ease for a Food Allergy Diet and Recover Good Health. (ISBN: 13:978-1-887624-08-4). Dumke is the author of several cookbooks for those living with food allergies. This particular book offers suggestions to keep health on the forefront of dietary intervention.
The following resources also are recommended:
- Peanut allergies:
- Tree nuts: