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Valentine's Day Provides Families with Teachable Moments About Potentially Life-Threatening Allergies
Date:1/31/2013

when you avoid your allergen."

Open and ongoing communication with children who have potentially life-threatening allergies should initiate when they are diagnosed and continue as they mature and face new challenges. The survey, which was conducted by Harris Interactive and commissioned by Mylan Specialty, revealed that teens that date were significantly more likely to have experienced anaphylaxis during Valentine's Day than those who do not date (47% versus 13%) and:

  • Less than half of parents (47%) talk to their child about risks posed to children with life-threatening allergies from physical contact related to Valentine's Day, such as being kissed by someone who has recently eaten food they may be allergic to
  • Only 47% of parents tell their teen that when going on dates, they should tell their date about their life-threatening food allergy
  • 35% of parents did not indicate that they remind their teen to bring his/her epinephrine auto-injector on dates

"As an adult with life-threatening food allergies, I've experienced first-hand the unique challenges of dating, including anaphylaxis from just a kiss with my date who had recently eaten one of my allergens. I know the importance of clear communication to those around me to help me stay safe," said Sloane Miller , MSW, LMSW, Food Allergy Coach, and founder of Allergic Girl® Resources, Inc. "As children mature, parents' conversations should evolve with their needs and age-specific concerns. Food allergy talks need to reflect what is happening in their children's lives and the real-life challenges they face on a daily basis."

To help parents with children of all ages be better prepared for Valentine's Day, Miller and Dr. Mahr offer these recommendations:

  • Know your child and his/her temperament. An outgoing child will have different communicatio
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