Did you know that this week (May 11-17) is Food Allergy Awareness Week? Well, now you are aware! I thought it might be fun to share some statistics & information today to kick off the week. And of course I’ll have a delicious allergy friendly recipe to share on Wednesday. (I brought it to Mother’s Day dinner last night & was told I am officially in charge of bringing it as often as possible…it was that good folks. Yep.) But let’s get to it!
***Source: FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education)***
–Approximately 1 in 13 children has at least one food allergy. This means it’s becoming more & more rare for your child’s class NOT to have a child with a food allergy. In fact, there’s even a decent chance there is more than one child with food allergies in your child’s class. And maybe one in her dance class, or on his baseball team, or her basketball team, or in his tumbling class…..
–Food allergies are the primary cause for an emergency room visit every 3 minutes.
–Did you know that after an anaphylactic food allergy reaction, a patient must be observed for four hours once initial symptoms have been resolved to watch for possible recurring symptoms? Symptoms can recur even beyond 4 hours but most commonly, if there is going to be a resurgence of symptoms, it will happen during those first hours following the initial reaction.
–Around 90% of all food allergies fall under 8 foods/food groups known as the “Top 8 Allergens:” milk/dairy, egg, wheat, peanut, tree nut (almonds, pecans, pistachios, walnuts, etc), soy, fish, & shellfish.
–Peanuts are classified separately from tree nuts because peanuts aren’t actually a nut, but a legume.
To read more about food allergies in both children & adults, I encourage you to visit FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education) at foodallergy.org.
On a personal note, 10 years ago I knew only one individual with a food allergy. I am now surrounded by family & friends (and their children) who live with various food allergies. This is quickly becoming a way of life for so many. Won’t you join me in sharing this to help raise awareness? I hope you will.
Happy Monday to all!