Schneck Medical Center

SUM 2015

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2 0 S P I R I T O F W O M E N S U M M E R 2 015 w w w. s p i r i t o f w o m e n . c o m P R E V E N T I V E C A R E W hen an everyday food, especially a healthful one, becomes your body's enemy, the results can be devastating: Each year, life-threatening reactions to a food allergen result in 30,000 emergency room visits, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Although adults can develop food allergies, the condition is more often diagnosed in childhood, affecting an estimated 4 to 6 percent of children in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Finding out whether your child has a true allergy—and learning how to deal with the repercussions—is essential for your child's health and psychological wellbeing, say medical experts. How to handle your child's food allergies the risk factor By Bev Bennett

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