Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Survey on Food Allergy in the School Setting

Dear Reader,

With the recent media attention surrounding accommodations for food-allergic children in the school setting, and confusion about what reasonable and effective accommodations even are, it is important to gain a better understanding of parental attitudes about food allergies. I recently received this survey from the Kids With Food Allergies Foundation, and wanted to pass it on. Remember, there are no right or wrong answers- this survey is simply evaluating the opinions of parents of both food-allergic and non-allergic children. There is power in numbers, especially when it comes to compiling data. The more parents that complete this survey, the more compelling the results will be!

Thanks in advance,
the AllergistMommy

The Kids With Food Allergies Foundation and some members of its medical advisory board are conducting a research study to examine parental opinions about food allergy management policies and accommodations in schools and child care centers. We are seeking parents to complete a brief, anonymous questionnaire (10 minutes) which asks a series of questions that inquire about your awareness of school food allergy policies and accommodations, and your opinions about the importance of such policies and accommodations. The goal of the study is to obtain the patient's (or their parent's) opinion about school food allergy management policies and accommodations, given that this topic has received mainstream media attention recently.

Click here to Take the Survey!

3 comments:

  1. Nice post but I think food allergy is an adverse immune response to a food protein.A protein in the food is the most common allergic component. These kinds of allergies occur when the body's immune system mistakenly identifies a protein as harmful.

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    1. I have the alpha gal allergy caused by Lonestar tick bites. I am allergic to the sugars in mammalian meats. If I eat chicken cooked on the grate of a grill after having cooked red meat I will get a transfer of the sugars remaining on the grates, and even if I take Benadryl, I still won't know what will happen for 3-6 or 7 hours. Most doctors are unaware of this "new allergy" because it goes against their teachings of protein allergies. A child eats lunch at school gets sick at home or after school care facility.

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  2. Thanks for your comment. I think the intent of this survey was simply to gauge the current understanding of food allergy among parents of school-going children. I don't think there is any question over whether food allergy is an abnormal immune response- it is most certainly abnormal. However, as we learn more about food allergies, it is important to recognize that carbohydrate components, such as alpha-gal in non-human mammalian meats, can also trigger significant allergic reactions.

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