Dec/Jan 2009

Life Story

Your Child and Multiple Food Allergies

Anxiety. That’s the diagnosis my obstetrician gave me after I told him of my tight chest and racing heart. He chalked it up to stress, natural during the early weeks of pregnancy, he said. But I knew the anxiety had little to do with my condition. It stemmed from something different—food allergies. In addition to the joy I felt about my second pregnancy, I was worried about my firstborn. Joseph, my 5-year-old son, is severely allergic to peanut, tree nuts, wheat, milk, egg and soy. He also has asthma, an additional risk because his allergic reactions are more likely to include bronchospasm, a symptom that constricts air passages. Bronchospasm may not respond to antihistamines and may need quick treatment. Would Joseph be safe when I was in the hospital giving birth? And would I be able to balance the care of two children with one so allergic?   More...

A Specialist on Celiac Disease

One in 133 Americans has celiac disease yet only 3 percent have been diagnosed. Why is this chronic condition still being under- diagnosed and what are some common misperceptions?   More...