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PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2009 7:39 am 
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All in all the article is prety basic, nothing new until I cam e to the last myth. :(
I think I might bring this to school/day care. It amazing how easy it is to accidentally come into contact with an allergen. All the more reason to follow the rule No Epi = No food.
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10) Food allergies aren't serious.
Food allergies can be deadly.

Each year, there are about 150 deaths a year from severe allergic reactions from foods.

In many cases, a younger child or teenager with a known food allergy, might eat the food they are allergic to and may not survive a life-threatening allergic reaction in the following situations:

at school in a cooking class (a 16-year-old who ate a walnut in Chinese food)
eating a cookie on a school outing (a 9-year-old allergic to peanuts)
eating bread at home (a 16-year-old allergic to milk)
eating an egg roll (a-12-year old allergic to peanuts)
eating a wrap (an 18-year-old allergic to peanuts)
eating a cookie at a friend's home (a 17-year-old allergic to peanuts)
eating candy at a friend's home (a 17-year-old allergic to hazelnuts)
eating peanut butter at camp (a 17-year-old allergic to peanuts)
eating peanuts at home (a 5-year-old allergic to peanuts)
drinking milk at camp (a 9-year-old allergic to milk)
eating an egg roll at a restaurant (a 14-year-old allergic to peanuts)
drinking a protein shake at home (a 17-year-old allergic to milk)
drinking a chocolate mix drink at home (a 7-year-old allergic to milk)
eating a candied apple at a carnival (an 11-year-old allergic to peanuts)
eating a wrap at a fast food restaurant in a mall (a 13-year-old allergic to peanuts)
eating a cookie at a friend's home (a 16-year-old allergic to peanuts)
These are among some of the cases reported in a registry maintained by the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology and The Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network and are just a few of the deaths from food allergies that occurred between 2001 and 2006.

If your child has a food allergy, be sure to teach him how to identify and avoid foods that he should avoid, and make sure that he always has an EpiPen available in case he has a serious allergic reaction.


http://pediatrics.about.com/od/foodallergies/a/food_alrgy_myth_2.htm

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