Monday, December 29, 2014

Mothers of allergic kids want more than food advice from dietitians

Shereen Lehman, Reuters, says mothers of kids with food allergies do want menu advice, but they also want hand-holding and encouragement in dealing with their offspring's issues.

Often this is a daily challenge--and in severe cases, the life of the child can be at stake. Pressure!

In a paper in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, Carina Venter, a dietitian and researcher at the Univ of Portsmouth, did some focus groups of mothers.

The mothers wanted more than elimination menus and food advice, including:

Ways to protect their kids and promote a normal lifestyle.

An advocate against health care providers and caregivers who were less sensitive to their kid's needs.

Help reading labels and shopping.

Role playing so the child knows how to respond if offered "bad" things.

I have heard a severely peanut-allergic child can almost die from touching a handrail a kid who had a PB&J for lunch had touched. The mother of that child needs support to feel vindicated for her caution or even what seems to be over-caution.

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