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Kayla, my oldest. She is 4 1/2 and is a sweet, loving and silly little girl. She took us 2 ½ years and 3 IVF’s to conceive. Kayla is allergic to dairy. We manage her allergy and work to balance her safety with giving her a normal childhood. Kayla loves to read books and play games - she amazes me every day.

Alysa, my youngest. She is 3 years old and is a silly little spitfire. She’s our monkey and loves to climb on everything. She was a “natural” baby, but it was only b/c of my wonderful doctors that we were able to stop an impending miscarriage. Alysa suffers from Acid Reflux Disease and sleep apnea. She may be little, but she has a big personality. She adores her big sister and is so much fun to be around. She keeps me laughing every day.

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13 Facts about Food Allergies

1. Scientists are reporting an increase in food allergies over the past decade. In particular, peanut allergies among young children doubled between 1997 and 2002.
2. Approximately 12 million Americans suffer from food allergies, with 6.9 million allergic to seafood and 3.3 million allergic to peanuts or tree nuts.
3. Food allergy is the leading cause of anaphylaxis (a severe allergic reaction) outside the hospital setting.
4. Eight foods account for 90% of all reactions in the U.S.: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts (walnuts, almonds, cashews, pistachios, pecans, etc.), wheat, soy, fish, and shellfish.
5. There is no cure for food allergy. Strict avoidance of the allergy-causing food is the only way to prevent a reaction.
6. Food allergic reactions result in over 30,000 emergency room visits each year.
7. It is estimated that between 150 and 200 people die annually from anaphylaxis to food; including children and young adults.
8. Approximately 2.2 million school-aged children have food allergy.
9. One in every 17 children under the age of 3 has food allergy.
10. Milk allergy is one of the most common in young infants, with 2-3% of children under three years of age allergic to cow's milk proteins.
11. Trace amounts of a food allergen can cause a reaction. Patients should be on guard for hidden ingredients (such as milk or peanuts) in unsuspected places such as candy, baked goods, trail mixes, sauces, desserts, and gravies, just to name a few.
12. Medications can even contain dairy (Prevacid Solutabs is one example).
13. Virtually all infants who develop cow's milk allergy do so in the first year of life, with about 80% ‘outgrowing' their milk allergy by their fifth birthday. Nearly 25% of these milk-allergic infants retain their sensitivity into the second decade of life, and 35% go on to develop other food allergies.

Source: Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network & AllergicChild.com

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At 8:41 PM, Anonymous 2 Witches Blog - Mama Kelly said...

Wow!!! A lot of great info in this T13 ... thank you for posting it.

At 10:32 PM, Blogger Michelle said...

wow that is some great info! I didn't realize how large a population are affected by allergies!

At 2:39 AM, Blogger pussreboots said...

Thankfully no food allergies with my children but I'm making sure my kids know not to share their food with friends at school just in case one of their friends has allergies.

At 8:05 AM, Blogger ChupieandJ'smama said...

#1 Fact: I hate food allergies. {Just thought I'd throw that in there incase you didn't know :)}

At 8:36 AM, Blogger Donna said...

Very interesting facts; thanks!

At 9:53 AM, Blogger Jennisa said...

Thanks for this. I am PRAYING that the total avoidance will help Avery outgrow her allergies...theres always hope, right?

At 1:47 PM, Blogger KC said...

Very interesting T13. Thanks for sharing all that.

At 6:59 PM, Anonymous Christine said...

Thanks for the info.I had no idea so many people were affected by food allergies.

Hope you are having a great Thursday!

At 9:05 AM, Blogger nowheymama said...

This post and the "how to read a label" post are just great!


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