26 May - 1 June is Food Allergy Week, and it is a timely reminder that we need to teach ALL children about food allergies, whether they have an allergy or not.
Schools and day care centres are nut and egg free. However, without realising it, a parent may accidentally include foods in their child’s lunch box – something that could be highly dangerous to children with allergies.
Parents can teach their children about food allergies by:
For parents, it is a good idea to ask a parent of a child with allergies as many questions as they can to get a better understanding of food allergies.
Australia has one of the highest rates of food allergies in the developed world and the incidence is increasing at an alarming rate.
Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia (A&AA) is calling on Australians to join together for one week in May (13-19 May) to Be Aware. Show You Care. The week aims to help raise community understanding of food allergy and much-needed funding.
“Allergic reactions to food can rapidly become life threatening, so education on daily management, prevention of a reaction and emergency treatment is crucial,” said A&AA CEO Maria.
“It is essential for Australians to know the signs and symptoms of when a food allergy occurs. Food Allergy Week is about helping keep people with food allergy safe by making Australians allergy aware.”
1. Donate at foodallergyaware.com.au or hold a fundraiser to help raise much needed funds for food allergy research and education.
2. Educate yourself and others by sharing Food Allergy Week content with friends, family and through social media channels by using the hashtag #allergyaware
For further information, please visit www.foodallergyaware.com.au.