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Life-Threatening Food Allergies


Lake Forest, California -- The widely reported death of a 15-year-old peanut-allergic Canadian girl who died after kissing her boyfriend, who had eaten a peanut snack, has served as a wake-up call to parents of severely food-allergic children everywhere. For these children, ingestion of even a tiny amount of a common food can be deadly. Because food and food residue is everywhere, staying safe is a constant challenge.

How To Manage Your Child's Life-Threatening Food Allergies: Practical Tips For Everyday Life, by Linda Marienhoff Coss, was written to help meet this challenge. The book reveals numerous potential dangers that parents may not have thought of – and provides practical advice regarding how to minimize the risks of these situations. As the Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA) explains, "Linda Coss covers the obvious, the not-so-obvious, and everything in between. This book prepares parents to bypass all the food allergy minefields in a detailed and doable fashion."

For example, how many parents would realize that:
• Many children will react to minute amounts of food residue - including traces of allergens transferred to the child's food from other products made on the same production line, or from utensils, cutting boards, or even the chef's fingers.
• Pet food with allergenic ingredients may pose a danger. For example, a curious toddler might eat the food, a messy dog can "contaminate" the house by spreading the food all around, or a child can have a reaction when licked by a dog that has allergens in its mouth.
• Potentially allergenic ingredients can be found in personal care products (such as lip balms, soaps, shampoos, topical acne treatments, and hand lotions), vitamins and medications (watch out for the "inactive"ingredients), general anesthetics, and other "non-food" items. The ingredients for everything that will go on or in the child's body must be scrutinized.
• Entertainers at children's birthday parties sometimes throw food items (such as candy or peanuts) to the crowd.
• And, of course, as last week's tragedy points out, a kiss can be "the kiss of death."

How To Manage Your Child's Life-Threatening Food Allergies is a detailed, easy-to-use reference manual. It is available at www.FoodAllergyBooks.com, from Amazon.com, and from various booksellers nationwide.

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