Clinical Management of Psychosocial Concerns Related to Food Allergy

Linda Herbert, Eyal Shemesh, Bruce Bender

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Abstract

Current estimates indicate that 4% to 8% of children in the United States are diagnosed with food allergy, and more than 40% of US children with food allergy experience severe allergic reactions. Families trying to avoid foods that may trigger an allergic reaction and ensure adequate treatment of allergic reactions that do occur face numerous challenges. The rise in the number of children diagnosed with food allergies underscores the importance of food allergy-related interventions to address elevated psychosocial concerns, such as parenting stress, anxiety, and worries about bullying. This review provides an overview of common psychosocial concerns among children with food allergy and their families across the developmental spectrum, and offers guidance to medical providers regarding the identification and treatment of food allergy-related psychosocial challenges.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)205-213
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice
Volume4
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Adjustment
  • Children
  • Family
  • Food allergy
  • Mental health

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