We have all heard the stories. A kid who touches a door handle touched by another child who just at a PBJ--and suddenly can't breathe. Special sections of school cafeterias for the allergic.
Now, researchers at the Univ of Montreal's looked at 1,941 children who had this allergy--resulting in 567 incidents involving 429 of these kids.
They concluded children are most at risk in their own homes. And--they discovered--parents and medical professionals do not know how to react appropriately.
Put another way--the schools may be doing a pretty good job of managing this--and parents need to step it up.
In the study population, 11.3% of the reactions were considered "severe," and 50.1% as "moderate."
Only 42% of the SEVERE reactions were evaluated by a medical professional--and one in six of these went completely untreated.
For the moderate reaction group, medical attn was sought only 25% of the time. This--even though in 37% of the cases, the exposure was at home. Other people's homes and restaurants accounted for 14.3% and 9.3%, respectively.
Schools and daycares where peanuts were forbidden represented only 4.9% of cases. Where peanuts were allowed--3%.
Why the slight difference--where peanuts were not allowed, the researchers said, people may get complacent.
Teens are especially reckless and may indulge even if allergic.
Well, teens..you know....