Action plans critical to improve quality of life, avoid attacks for kids with food allergies in Illinois
Food allergies are more common in kids than in grown-ups. There is also a lot riding on the diagnosis and effective management of the trigger food, as the quality of a child’s life can have a big impact on his or her adulthood.
Consider how dangerous and disruptive symptoms such as wheezing and respiratory conditions, rashes and hives and digestive upset can affect your child’s academic and athletic performance. If your child is missing a lot of school days, he or she is also missing out on social interaction and the pleasure that comes with the school experience.
Drs. Noga Askenazi and Eugenia Hahn can work with you to develop an action plan. This plan should be distributed to the school, childcare providers, and any other caregivers. The plan should outline the problem foods, of which eight types of foods are responsible for 90 percent of pediatric allergic reactions:
- Tree nuts such as almonds and pecans
- Shellfish such as crab and oysters
Rules should be established to avoid these and other triggers. Additionally, a list of symptoms to watch out for should be included, with emergency contact and emergency response info. Caregivers should know how to use emergency and quick-relief medications, such as epinephrine delivery devices. These devices can truly be lifesavers if a kid suffers from anaphylactic shock when inadvertently exposed to the problem food.
Drs. Askenazi and Hahn can also prescribe medications such as antihistamines and bronchodilators to manage and relieve the symptoms tied to food allergies. With time, you may find your child’s symptoms are becoming less severe. They may even go away. In fact, it’s estimated about 80 percent of those kids with milk, soy or wheat allergies will outgrow them by the time they’re 5 years old.
Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates and Food Allergy Center of Illinois is here to help you and your child in the here and now. To develop that all-important emergency response plan the correct trigger food must be identified. You can’t avoid the food until you know for sure what that the offending substance is, and that diagnosis can be made by closely looking at your kids food allergies symptoms, medical history, and by potentially ordering a skin test, blood test, and/or a food challenge. To identify the trigger food, such challenges must be performed in a safe and controlled environment. To schedule an appointment, call the leading specialist in kids food allergies in Illinois at 847 888 8802.