This week marks Food Allergy Awareness Week across Australia. At Craigburn we have many students, staff and parents who have food allergies allergies – where 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.
- With one in 10 children developing an allergy before their first birthday, Australia has one of the highest rates of food allergies in the world
- For many, managing severe allergies doesn’t stop when you grow up. Individuals in their teens and 20’s are at the greatest risk of an allergic reaction.
- Over half a million Aussies have a diagnosed food allergy and research shows this number is growing.
- Whilst 90% of food allergic reactions are caused by 10 foods, there are more than 170 foods known to be triggers. Bananas, kiwi fruit, mustard and celery just to name a few!
Know the facts
- Do you know the signs and symptoms of an allergic reaction? It’s surprising how many Aussies don’t. Educate yourself and others with this video (below) during Food Allergy Week.
- We’ve all been guilty of a self-diagnosis on the Internet. But if you suspect you have a food allergy, it’s important to consult your general practitioner (GP).
- Do you have a family or friend with a food allergy? Make sure you know when and how to administer their adrenaline (epinephrine) autoinjector.
- Be careful, not fearful. Allergies can be life threatening but there are a number of strategies you can put in place to help reduce the risk of a reaction. Learn how to avoid a reaction here.