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October 11, 2006

Frustration with Food Allergy Negative Press

Every once in awhile, I will read an article that blasts the food allergy community for being overprotective and sounding the alarm. It is true that child food allergies do not kill many people worldwide and rarely cause death. However, the real affect of child food allergies is the impact on a child and parent's quality of life.

Food allergies impact the allergic child as well as her family. The impact is not just social, but emotional and financial. Despite the far reaching effect, food allergies are still given a low priority because the number of deaths as a result of a reaction.

We can break this mind-set and promote a better understanding of child food allergies through clear communication. Using the parenting resources available, such as this site, can give parents the tools to calmly, clearly communicate and educate those who are involved in our children's lives.

I, for one, would like to see more articles about parents who are taking a practical approach to managing their child's food allergies and empowering their child to live life to its fullest.

Posted by David at October 11, 2006 1:47 PM