USA TODAY: Even known food allergens dangerous for kids
A recent study led by National Jewish Health in Denver looked at 3 to 15 month-old children with milk, egg or peanut allergy and found:
- About 70% had at least one reaction and greater than half had more than one.
- 87% of accidental ingestions of peanut, milk or egg were due to unintentional ingestion, label-reading errors and cross-contamination.
- Food provided by non-parent caregivers accounted for 50% of the accidental reactions; the other 50% of the accidental reactions were from food given by parents.
- 13% of reactions were from food given to the child intentionally.
- Less than 1/3 of severe allergic reactions were treated with epinephrine.
TAKE HOME POINT: TEACH ALL PEOPLE CARING FOR OUR KIDS AND DO IT WELL! This story also includes a video from National Jewish on how to use an EpiPen: