Cumming, GA (PRWEB) September 24, 2010
Food Allergy Kids of Atlanta, Inc. strives to construct a community of families afflicted with food allergies whilst educating the public about food allergy prevention and the risks involved. Food Allergy Youngsters of Atlanta is Georgia’s first formal food allergy support group. About 12 million Americans (1 in 25) have a food allergy and young children are the biggest group impacted. There is at present no remedy for food allergies.
Though Food Allergy Kids of Atlanta is fairly new, the non-profit has been a labor of adore for a single of its creators, Karen Harris. Mother to a young daughter with several serious food allergies, Harris discovered speedily right after diagnosis that their lives would be altered forever. In her efforts to reach out and find other food allergy afflicted households, she found that there was no formal support group in Atlanta.
?One of the toughest moments as a parent with a newly-diagnosed food allergic child is when you leave the doctor’s office, asking yourself how you will protect your child although dealing with the emotional implications of food allergies,? Harris states. ?Suddenly grocery retailers, restaurants, schools and churches are danger zones in which your kid will be exposed to danger in the form of snacks, meals and desserts.?
Food Allergy Children of Atlanta supports families who handle food allergies, educates those who care for children, and creates a safer atmosphere in the regional area for food allergic men and women.
The nonprofit has also produced a medical advisory board, a panel of specialists within the neighborhood neighborhood. In just a short time, Food Allergy Children of Atlanta is generating an effect in the community and neighborhood schools, and has been featured on the radio and in regional news stories. Food Allergy Kids of Atlanta offers nearby help meetings and protected events for food allergic youngsters in the Atlanta community. Food Allergy Kids of Atlanta also supports the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) and will be a participant in this year?s 2010 Atlanta FAAN Walk. For a lot more data, visit the Food Allergy Youngsters of Atlanta web site or call 404-512-7983.
Guidelines for mother and father of children with newly diagnosed food allergies:
Look for medical assistance right away really should you suspect a food allergy
Uncover local and national support groups (on the internet, offline) (Kids with Food Allergies, FAAN)
Educate yourself and other individuals
Pack secure snacks when outside the property
Food Allergy is an immune method response.
It happens when the physique mistakes an ingredient in food — usually a protein — as dangerous and creates a defense system (antibodies) to battle it. Food allergy symptoms develop when the antibodies are battling the “invading” food.
Signs of a food allergy can variety from mild to extreme, and the amount of food needed to trigger a reaction varies from particular person to person and can even be triggered by just a trace amount of an allergy-triggering food.
Symptoms of a food allergy may possibly include:
Rash or hives
Shortness of breath
Swelling of the airways to the lungs
Anaphylaxis (a extreme or life-threatening allergic reaction)