According to a recent Nielsen survey, nine out of 10 people say they will be attending a Super Bowl party this year. Super Bowl Sunday is the second biggest eating day of the year after Thanksgiving. Did you know that severe food allergies send 90,000 people to the emergency room annually?
Food Allergies In Children
I recently had the opportunity to participate in an online live video webinar and speak personally with Holly Robinson Peete, of CBS’s The Talk. Holly is married to the former NFL quarterback Rodney Peete and has four children with food allergies.
Together with Carol Jones, RN, AE-C from the Allergy and Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA) who answered scientific questions regarding food allergies, Holly Robinson Peete offered her insight, while emphasizing that communication and awareness are key factors in arming yourself with knowledge on how to handle potential food allergy dangers.
Food Allergy Symptoms
As a mom of two grown daughters, I found the webinar very enlightening. Times have certainly changed since my children were younger. My oldest daughter is allergic to bees and carries an EpiPen, while my youngest daughter is asthmatic.
Food allergies were not as commonplace when my children were toddlers as they are today. Some scientific studies indicate they may be caused by airborne transmittal, while other studies indicate hygiene may be a factor. Carol stated that what is known is that exposure to tobacco smoke is most likely a primary cause.
Now that I’m a grandmom and frequently babysit and act as caregiver and Granny Daycare, I gleaned some important information that I’d like to pass on to you.
Prime Food Allergies:
- Peanuts, tree nuts
- Soy, cow’s milk
- Dairy, hen’s eggs
I was amazed to learn that if a child is allergic to nuts, simply washing his or her hands with coconut hand soap may cause an allergic reaction!
Important Symptoms to Look For:
Food allergy symptoms can affect the mouth, nose, skin, eyes, GI track and lungs.
An allergic reaction may trigger one or more of the following symptoms: itching; swelling of the tongue; watery eyes; throat and horse voice. Other symptoms may include hives; swelling of the face; abdominal pain; diarrhea; breathing difficulty; cough, perspiration; low blood pressure; passing out and loss of consciousness.
Whether your child or grandchild attends a school event, birthday party, family gathering, or even joins in the excitement of a Super Bowl party – Holly and I discussed that it’s important that you, as a parent communicate with the host or hostess the necessity of vigilance and understanding food allergies.
Allergic reactions must be dealt with swiftly. Holly not only carries an Epipen in the event of an anaphylaxis shock reaction, she is also a Spokesperson for the company.
I’d like to thank The Motherhood for providing me this opportunity to participate in the webinar, and for the pleasure of meeting and speaking with Holly Robinson Peete who shared her enthusiasm for promoting food allergy awareness.
One final question that Holly answered – she predicts the Steelers will win the Super Bowl this year!
I was compensated for my time for participating in this webinar, sponsored by Dey Pharma. Opinions are my own.