Is allergies a part of your family’s daily life?

A child with allergies can behave badly, which affects the well-being of the family.

Text from Eva Christian

This month, Food Allergy Awareness Here are some suggestions in different formats to help children and parents understand why allergies occur and how to live relatively well with them.

Books

For children from 4 to 5 years

Beginning with the history of everyday life, these books examine many elements that are present when a child discovers that his body lacks young soldiers to fight the allergen, symptoms of allergic reactions, allergist and skin and blood tests, adrenaline. auto injector, safety tips at school and at home, as well as pourquoi moi?“,”text”:”pourquoi moi?”}}”> why me? because it often happens that the child wonders why he is allergic, and not his brothers or sisters or friends.

Name: No nuts for Sarah

Author: Sylvie Louis

illustrator : Romi Karon

Edition : Dominic and company

My opinion : Children can easily recognize themselves in this realistic story told by 6-year-old Sarah, who subtly highlights the important points mentioned above.

Information section To learn more , at the end of the book, reassure parents and caregivers. This book is part of the collection Une histoire sur…, which covers several areas (intellectual disability, anger, autism, etc.).

Name: I know it, allergies!

Author: Dominic Lord

illustrator : Jacques Laplant

Edition : Man

My opinion : Thanks to 7-year-old Violetta, children with certain food allergies know what to do to stay safe in their environment. Humor and comic illustrations dramatize this theme. Two recipes and a glossary of words found in the story complement the informative album, reworked by Allergies Québec.

Name: Children are told about allergies

Author: Sylvie Sir

illustrator : John Maureen

Edition : From Mortani

My opinion : 5-year-old Amy will soon go to school for the first time. She and her parents are concerned about fighting her food allergies, and not without reason. This book, approved by Dr. De Roche, an allergist at St. Justin University Hospital, will answer their questions in several ways. First we read a script told by Amy, which will interest children. The analogy between an allergic reaction on the body and a dog guarding the house is very colorful and easy to understand. I loved it!

As a bonus: tips and strategies with specific actions for daily use, emotional aspect (anger, injustice or frustration), science to satisfy interesting and, finally, useful pages for parents.

And a guide for parents:

Name: Allergies: food allergy treatment strategies

Author: Sylvie Sir

Edition : From Mortan

My opinion : In addition to the pleasure of reading the previous book (with the child), parents will find in this, written in collaboration with allergist Marie-Noel Primo, detailed and in-depth explanations, decorated with boxes that tell about real-life cases. details that taught me a lot. It provides answers to several questions, including: to what extent, depending on the age of the child with allergies, should parents be involved? And at what time? In addition, twenty allergen-free recipes, several resources and strategies. This previous book and several other titles make up the Toolbox collection.


Podcast

Podcast Tell Me, Doctor Photo: Radio Canada

Name :Where does a food allergy come from and how to treat it

animator : Dr. Rene Wittmer, Family Physician, Integrated University Center for Health and Social Services of the Cud de l’Ile de Montreal

Director : Philip Maroua, Radio Canada

Resume : Having a severe food allergy means living in fear of finding a trail of food that could kill us. Dr. Rene Wittmer is talking to Dr. Jonathan Lacombe-Barrios, an immunoallergist, to demystify the disease, which affects many people, both young and old, and can occur at any age.

My opinion : I learned a lot from this friendly conversation between the family doctor and his expert colleague. Friendly tone and level of popularization are ideal. Among other things, I discovered pollen syndrome, which causes a cross-reaction in a person who bites an apple. Tingling around and in the mouth occurs as the body responds by associating the apple with pollen. However, after the apple is cooked, the allergic reaction no longer occurs. And for the first time I understand that allergy to mollusks is associated with house dust mites; magnify the tick a thousand times and you will see a strong resemblance to a large crab. That’s what the doctor said!

Do you know the difference between food intolerance and allergies? Did you know that you can get rid of this health disorder and that oral immunotherapy gives excellent results for desensitization to certain allergens? Science is changing: previously it was recommended not to introduce allergens into the child’s diet at an early age, but now the opposite. Research is advancing and medical recommendations are changing, sometimes from one extreme to another. Very interesting.


website

May is the month of food allergy control. The Allergies Québec website offers a variety of tools for adults who have to deal with newly diagnosed allergies in their children, as well as several initiatives for teens.

Here are some interesting links:

  • Suggestions for activities to highlight special moments (return to school, Halloween, Christmas, summer camps, etc.)

  • Prevention of food allergies in infants

  • Care for infants and young children with allergies

  • Proposals to promote the integration of young people into school

And two podcasts: Desensitizing Food Allergies and Reducing Food Allergy Anxiety

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