Parents Urged to Seek Dietician Support for Kids with Food Allergies

By Allergy News
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Jan 28th, 2015

Science DailyThe American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology has recently discussed that parents of children with food allergies should seek the help of dieticians so they can provide a safe diet for their kids. They expressed that parents and children can benefit from the extensive understanding dieticians have on the overall ramifications food allergies have on young ones.

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Discovering your child has a severe food allergy can be a terrible shock. Even more stressful can be determining what foods your child can and cannot eat, and constructing a new diet which might eliminate entire categories of foods.

According to a new study published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, the scientific publication of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), providing parents with detailed, individual advice from a dietician is a key component of effective food allergy care.

“We know getting a food allergy diagnosis can be confusing and scary,” said dietician Carina Venter, PhD, lead author of the study. “We set out to explore what information and support mothers of kids with food allergies require and value from a dietary consultation. What we found is mothers want dieticians to help them ensure their child will be safe, and guide them through the process of creating a nutritionally complete diet. They also want to maintain normality for their child and promote independence.”

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