This week has been the national Food Allergy Aware Week. At Craigburn we have many students, staff and parents who have allergies to foods. For some people, certain foods can trigger significant physiological reactions requiring urgent medical attention.
It is timely that we all consider and reflect on the following facts and learn how to support those who experience allergies.
- One in 10 babies born in Australia today will develop a food allergy that could threaten their life every day.
- Australia has one of the highest rates of food allergies in the developed world, and it is increasing at an alarming rate.
- Knowing how to respond to an allergic reaction when recognising the signs and symptoms, could save someone’s life.
- 90% of reactions are caused by ten foods – cow’s milk, egg, peanut, tree nuts, wheat, sesame, soy, shellfish, fish and lupin.
- Adrenaline, not antihistamines, reverse the signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis.
- Quick thinking: What do you do if someone is thought to be having an anaphylaxis? Lay on the ground, administer adrenaline autoinjector (EpiPen) and call triple zero. Follow ASCIA Action Plan.
- Did you know that you can be allergic to any food?
- However, 90% of reactions are caused by ten foods – cow’s milk, egg, peanut, tree nuts, wheat, sesame, soy, shellfish, fish and lupin.
- Do you know how to use an EpiPen? Knowing how to administer an adrenaline (epinephrine) autoinjector when someone is having a severe allergic reaction could save their life. Educate yourself this Food Allergy Week (13-19 May). www.foodallergyaware.com.au