Understanding and Managing Your Child's Food Allergies

Understanding and Managing Your Child's Food Allergies

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by Scott H. Sicherer
     
 

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For children with food allergies, eating—one of the basic functions of life—can be a nightmare. Children who suffer or become dangerously ill after eating peanuts, seafood, milk, eggs, wheat, or a host of other foods require constant vigilance from caring, concerned parents, teachers, and friends.

In this empathetic and comprehensive guide, Dr. Scott H.

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Overview

For children with food allergies, eating—one of the basic functions of life—can be a nightmare. Children who suffer or become dangerously ill after eating peanuts, seafood, milk, eggs, wheat, or a host of other foods require constant vigilance from caring, concerned parents, teachers, and friends.

In this empathetic and comprehensive guide, Dr. Scott H. Sicherer, a specialist in pediatric food allergies, gives parents the information they need to manage their children’s health and quality of life. He describes why children develop food allergy, the symptoms of food allergy (affecting the skin, the gastrointestinal tract, and the respiratory system), and the role of food allergy in behavioral problems and developmental disabilities. Parents will learn how to recognize emergency situations, how to get the most out of a visit with an allergist, what allergy test results mean, and how to protect their children—at home, at school, at summer camp, and in restaurants.

Informative, compassionate, and practical, this guide will be indispensable for parents, physicians, school nurses, teachers, and everyone else who cares for children with food allergies.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Barring creating their own line of allergen-free food and placing their children in a plastic bubble, what are parents to do to keep their children safe from potentially fatal reactions to food? A specialist in pediatric food allergies, Sicherer (pediatrics, Mount Sinai Sch. of Medicine; The Complete Peanut Allergy Handbook) has put together in one welcomed source the wisdom of his many years of experience and the latest research from his own and others' clinical studies. Approachable and straightforward, his book provides parents with practical advice for managing a child's environment at home, at school, or out in the world at large. In Part 2, "Diagnosing a Food Allergy," the practice of taking a detailed medical history is espoused and case studies serve to bring the issue home. An action plan for anaphylaxis, a life-threatening type of allergic reaction, as well as a chapter on food allergy resources are included. Another excellent book on this topic Lisa Cipriano Collins's Caring for Your Child with Severe Food Allergies imparts similar practical and compassionate information, but Sicherer's approach is much more research-based. Highly recommended for public and consumer health libraries. Beth Hill, Univ. of Idaho Lib., Moscow Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology - Yesim Yilmaz-Demirdag

A thorough overview... The information is useful to parents and others who take care of children with food allergies.

Choice

This work presents the practical strategies for day-to-day living with food allergies in an unalarming narrative with case studies that serve to illustrate and illuminate key points.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801884917
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
11/28/2006
Series:
A Johns Hopkins Press Health Book Series
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x (h) x 1.12(d)
Age Range:
Up to 18 Years

What People are saying about this

from the Foreword by Anne Muñoz-Furlong

Dr. Sicherer is a rare combination of brains, compassion, understanding, and practicality... A reference tool that belongs in everyone's bookcase.

from the Introduction by Hugh A. Sampson

This book is an amazing compilation of the essential information needed to work with your doctor, discuss your child's food allergy with other caregivers and your child, and, ultimately, provide your child with the best care possible. It is the only resource I know of that provides timely, accurate, and accessible information on every medical aspect of food allergy.

Robert A. Wood

Provides families with state-of-the-art education about food allergy.

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