The following is the first post in series on food allergies and their treatment at Children’s Hospital Boston. Written by Joshua Feblowitz, a research assistant at Brigham & Women’s Hospital and a freelance writer for Children’s, the series will chronicle Joshua’s severe food allergy history, his life-long treatment at Children’s and the outcome of an upcoming test which may prove he has finally out grown of one of his food allergies.
Growing up with food allergies can be a challenge. As a kid, I always needed to carry my EpiPen and wear my MedicAlert bracelet at all times; responsibilities which frustrated me and made me feel different. I took my own meals and snacks just about everywhere: barbeques, field trips, even summer camp. When we did go out I had to be exceptionally careful eating at restaurants, but as a shy kid I dreaded the drawn out conversations with wait staff, questioning them about every ingredient on the menu. While other kids were pouring through books on history, sports and adventure I became an expert in reading ingredient labels. My allergies to milk, eggs and nuts meant that danger lurked all around me.
Jennifer LeBovidge, PhD, a psychologist from Children’s Allergy and Immunology Program, was quoted this weekend in a Boston Globe Magazine article about the challenges of parenting a child with significant food allergies.
Although only about 4 percent of Americans are affected by food allergies, they seem more prevalent today than ever. We recently finished an eight-part milk allergy series where we followed Brett Nasuti, a Children’s patient who last summer became the first person ever to go through a milk exposure desensitization trial. Check out the first video in the series.
Other stories we’ve been reading:
Psychologist wins $1 million for showing that teen brains really are different. Researchers are able to show that remedial reading classes for weak readers really can change young brains. A history of juvenile delinquency is linked to early death in men.
If your children have cavities, it’s much more likely they’ll become adults with cavities. An Israeli study found that premature babies listening to Mozart were able to grow faster. Children born to mothers exposed to microbes during pregnancy may be less likely to develop allergies.
Here’s a quick look at what Thrive was up to last week.
Arianna Faro shares her story of how she’s struggled with the rare, disfiguring disease Klippel-Trenaunay (KT) syndrome, but has come to accept the role it plays in her life. A new study has reignited worries about BPA exposure being hazardous to our children. We find out in the last part of our milk allergy series if Brett Nasuti has been cured, and his mom, Robyn, tell us how the result affects her family. Parents tell us why they’ve chosen to give their children the H1N1 vaccine. The HealthMap team gives us a weekly update on the latest H1N1 news. We’re keeping up with Children’s Hospital Boston’s heart team in Ghana. Children’s resident Mediatrician helps a dad figure out how his son can balance school work and social media. A Children’s study aims to catch dyslexia before it catches your child.