The Parent's Guide to Food Allergies: Clear and Complete Advice from the Experts on Raising Your Food-Allergic Child

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The most comprehensive book on dealing with childhood food allergies, a problem that affects more than four million children in the United States.

Each year thousands of children in this country are diagnosed with one or more food allergies. For them — and their parents and caregivers — the ordinary patterns of life are profoundly disrupted. As families struggle with a serious condition that can at any moment become life-threatening, the stress is often overwhelming. Now this ...

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Overview

The most comprehensive book on dealing with childhood food allergies, a problem that affects more than four million children in the United States.

Each year thousands of children in this country are diagnosed with one or more food allergies. For them — and their parents and caregivers — the ordinary patterns of life are profoundly disrupted. As families struggle with a serious condition that can at any moment become life-threatening, the stress is often overwhelming. Now this invaluable reference provides the practical help and reassurance parents have been waiting for.

To write this book, Marianne Barber, whose son has serious food allergies, teamed up with a pediatric allergy specialist and a psychologist who treats many people with severe allergies. The Parent's Guide to Food Allergies addresses in detail the practical, physical, and emotional issues kids and their families face, including vital information on:—handling emergencies —stocking a kitchen with safe, appealing foods—helping a child adjust easily in school —dealing with the stress that having a food-allergic child puts on family relationships—eating in restaurants and travelingComprehensive and authoritative, this book is certain to become the bible for anyone with a food-allergic child.

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An excellent reference for parents of allergy-prone children, this book offers information about specific foods that cause allergic reactions, tips for preventing food allergies, and advice for dealing with allergies as children enter school, develop social lives, and spend more time away from the watchful eyes of their parents.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805066005
  • Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 467,030
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

Marianne Barber is an award-winning copywriter who runs her own direct-marketing agency. She is also the mother of Lucas, whose severe food allergies led her to write this book.

Maryanne Bartoszek Scott, M.D., is a physician in private practice whose specialty is pediatric allergy and immunology.

Elinor Greenberg, Ph.D. is a psychotherapist in private practice.

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Table of Contents

Foreword xi
Lucas's Story xiii
Introduction xvii
Part I Eating
1. Food Allergy--A Basic Overview 3
2. Anaphylaxis 36
3. Milk 55
4. Egg 68
5. Wheat 74
6. Peanut 80
7. Tree Nuts and Seeds 89
8. Soybean 97
9. Fish and Shellfish 101
10. Unusual Allergies 105
11. Food Families 108
12. Hidden Allergens 113
13. Food Additives 135
14. Preventing Allergies in Your Next Child 137
15. Communicating with Your Child's Health Care Providers (and Your HMO) 140
16. Recipes 148
Part II Coping
17. Help and Hope: Two Organizations That Are Making a Difference 173
18. Organizing Your Kitchen 177
19. Living Gracefully in the Real World 184
20. Holidays and Special Occasions 189
21. Traveling with Food Allergies 200
22. Off to School 215
23. Your School-Age Child's Emotional Well-Being 232
24. Anxiety, Anger, and Depression 241
25. Broadening Our Emotional Range 254
26. Emotional Leaders and Task Leaders 256
27. Forgiveness 266
28. A Roundtable Discussion on Raising a Child with Food Allergies 273
Part III Itching, Sneezing, and Wheezing
29. Asthma 291
30. Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema) 306
31. Environmental Allergies 313
Appendix A Glossary of Mysterious Ingredients 333
Appendix B Food Manufacturers 339
Acknowledgments 343
Index 345
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2002

    The Parent's Food Allergy 'Bible'!

    I was desperate when I purchased this book. As the mother of a four year-old daughter with severe food and environmental allergies, I had researched the market for a clear, comprehensive, HELPFUL guide in dealing with her situation. The Parent's Guide to Food Allergies was the answer to my prayers! It covers EVERYTHING; from a basic explanation of what occurs during an allergic reaction, to the various symptoms displayed in children. The most commom types of food allergies are discussed; as well as 'hidden allergens'. Allergy tests and treatments are clearly explained. Valuable ways to organize your kitchen safely are included; as well as delicious, allergy-conscious recipes. Chapters on traveling, eating out, holidays, and going to school offer practical, pleasing suggestions. Particularly helpful are the sections dealing with your child's and your own emotions and feelings.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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