Allergists offer advice to parents of kids with food allergies
(Reuters Health) - Parents of children with food allergies should acknowledge their kids' anxiety, as well as their own, a group of allergy experts advises.
Abstract BACKGROUND: Approximately 8% of children have food allergy. Yet, little is known about how parents cope with the burden of this disease. OBJECTIVE: To describe the perceptions of food allergy-related mental health issues of parents of children with food allergy. METHODS: Parents of children with pediatric allergist-diagnosed food allergy were recruited via allergy clinics and education centres in a large, Canadian city. We used content analysis to identify overarching themes. RESULTS: We interviewed 21 parents with children (boys (13/21; 62.9%) age
Parents of children with food allergies should acknowledge their kids'anxiety, as well as their own, a group of allergy experts advises.Reuters Health Information
Individuals with life-threatening food allergy (FA) often experience elevated anxiety as they avoid accidental exposure to allergens, modify daily routines, and undergo treatments: In sum, quality of life can be adversely impacted.1-5 Allergists providing diagnostic and treatment services for these patients frequently hear about these psychosocial struggles, however, little is known about the interaction of the medical and psychosocial needs of FA children and families.3 Therefore, this study was conducted to explore the challenges children and families encounter during their FA journey, and factors associated with better ...
Pediatric food allergy has a significant impact on familial Quality of Life (QoL) for both children and their parents. Assessing impact of food allergy of children at different ages may reveal insight into the effect of food allergy, influence of age and impact on families at risk for food anxiety.
IgE testing for foods in individuals who do not have a history consistent with food allergy (FA) has a high false positive rate. This results in anxiety, inappropriate diets, and is a waste of healthcare resources.
Frequent procedures required in food allergy clinical trials often induce fear and anxiety for food-allergic participants and their caregivers. This pilot study set out to determine whether Virtual Reality (VR) Headsets could be used as a tool to decrease fear and anxiety in subjects while participating in a clinical trial.
Food allergy is a growing problem in the world and can affect the quality of life (QoL) of patients due to increased anxiety, as well as social and economic restrictions. Interventions such as oral food challenges (OFCs) and oral immunotherapy (OIT) have been shown to improve QoL, however, there is no meta-analysis available for the data.
Patients with food allergy are at risk for experiencing anxiety related to accidental skin contact with food allergens which may lead to unnecessary avoidance practices. In a prior research study, touch exposure to peanut resulted in decreased food allergy-related anxiety.
Publication date: Available online 7 January 2020Source: The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In PracticeAuthor(s): Jennifer A. Dantzer, Corinne A. Keet
Food allergies are common, affecting 1 in 13 children in the US 1 2. They pose a significant burden on the allergic child and their family with reported physical and emotional impact. Food-allergic children are required to avoid their food triggers; unfortunately, this can be difficult when eating outside the home or travelling 3 4. Additionally, food labels can often be misleading and accidental exposures may result in severe allergic reactions 5. The risk of a severe reaction creates a lot of anxiety in the daily life of food-allergic children and is often associated with significant limitations in their social interactions.