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Options Increasing for Coping With Kids' Food Allergies
Date:8/3/2012

phrine pens at their school nurse's office. In Chicago, the public school system recently decided to take the next step and keep a supply of epinephrine pens in every school, and train school personnel in their use, so that they're prepared for any serious allergic reactions.

"This is a good idea because about one in five children have their first serious reaction in school," Davis said.

For those living with food allergies, Davis said, it's important to find a balance between being vigilant and being overanxious. Parents should be "prepared for a reaction, but shouldn't expect one all the time," she said. "Some parents become extremely anxious about the contact their child may have with food. Health vigilance is important, but so is quality of life."

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The U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has more about treating food allergies.

A related article looks at how one family copes with multiple food allergies.

SOURCES: Carla Davis, M.D., assistant professor, pediatrics, section of allergy and immunology, department of pediatrics, Texas Children's Hospital, Houston; William Silvers, M.D., allergist, Allergy Asthma Colorado, Vail, Colo.


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