Many schools are using older students as lunchtime monitors for younger kids. For parents of children with food allergies the practice seems like an accident waiting to happen.
One young girl’s tragic, likely preventable death from anaphylaxis has become the catalyst for change in Ontario. Sabrina’s Law now requires anaphylaxis safety plans in schools across the province.
After tragically losing her daughter to anaphylaxis, Sara Shannon fought for legislation that requires schools in Ontario to have anaphylaxis policies. She hopes the new law will help protect students and prevent further tragedies from happening.
On May 16, 2005, a large group of parents and their kids with food allergies sat in the public gallery nosebleed section of the Ontario legislature, waiting for a bill to come before the politicians assembled below. The “no-peanut” gallery was shushed by security guards who countenanced not so much as a whisper. On the… Read more »
Scott Sicherer, M.D., is an associate professor of pediatrics at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York and a leading food allergy researcher at the Jaffe Food Allergy Institute. At the CSACI conference in Montreal in 2006, Allergic Living spoke with him about his then-newly released book, Understanding and Managing your Child’s Food… Read more »
The shocking deaths of two teens provide clues to what goes wrong in fatal food allergy reactions. [From the Summer 2006 edition of Allergic Living.] WHEN news surfaced that 15-year-old Christina Desforges of Saguenay, Quebec, had died of what appeared to be an anaphylactic reaction to a kiss from a boyfriend who had eaten a… Read more »
The failure to recognize anaphylaxis episodes when they occur is becoming an increasingly important issue as these life-threatening reactions become more common, says Dr. Estelle Simons. “There’s this paradox. Despite anaphylaxis becoming more common, it is under recognized,” the allergist and clinical researcher explained to Allergic Living. “The reason is: it’s not so easy to recognize.”… Read more »
From the Allergic Living Archives. First published in the magazine in 2008. As a magazine writer, Chris Koentges eats, drinks and travels for a living. The 31-year-old Calgary resident has what most people would consider a dream assignment: he samples delicious foods in fabulous resorts and exotic locales. Then he finds the right words to describe… Read more »
By nature, teens are a risk-taking bunch. When those risks involve food allergies, the consequences can be alarming. At worse, they can be fatal.
Much work is being done to educate North Americans about controlling asthma, and hospital admissions are down. But what remains consistently unimproved is the so-called asthma spike – the day on which many parents will show up at the hospital with school-age children in the throes of asthma attacks. Using data accumulated since 1990, scientists… Read more »