Managing food allergy is vital for the safety of kids in your care. The best defence against a serious allergic reaction is knowledge, and this book provides you with everything you need to know, from prevention and diagnosis through to caring for kids at home, school or away on holidays.
Look after your child in your home and on the go — organise your home and make travel plans that cater for your child's needs
Provide a safe environment at school or the childcare centre — set up your school or centre to manage allergies with confidence
Prepare your child to take responsibility for a food allergy — ensure your child knows about problem foods
Know when allergic reactions are serious — be prepared to treat and manage anaphylaxis
Get to grips with the difference between types of food allergy — identify immediate and delayed food allergies
Understand why allergy rates are on the rise — access the latest research on what causes allergies, and how to avoid them
Prepare for allergy testing — learn how your child is tested and how you can get involved
Look into future treatments — get a grasp on new allergy treatments and possible cures
Open the book and find:
Clear instructions for using EpiPens and Anapens
Simple explanations about different types of food allergy
Information about how to recognise and treat allergic reactions
Sample emergency action plans
The latest research on finding a cure for food allergy
Key lessons to teach children with food allergy
Suggestions for food replacements
Websites to access further support
Keep the home, classroom and childcare centre safe
Show others how to care for kids with food allergy
Educate kids about helping their friends and themselves
Associate Professor Mimi Tang is a paediatric allergist and immunologist, and Associate Professor Katie Allen is a paediatric gastroenterologist and allergist. Both run patient clinics at The Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, undertake research at Murdoch Childrens Research Institute and teach at The University of Melbourne.
More children are being diagnosed with food allergy than ever before. This guide gives you advice on what an allergy is, different types of food allergies, tips for managing allergies in day-to-day life and step-by-step directions for treating allergic reactions.