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Getting The Edge On Food Allergies

Written by Kellie Heywood

Serious food allergies are an issue that affects a child not just at home, but wherever they go. For this reason parents and carers have to work closely with schools to keep children with food allergies safe.

Allergy and Anaphylaxis

Food allergy occurs when the immune system becomes sensitised to substances in foods that in usual circumstances would be harmless. In Australia, nine foods account for 90 per cent of food allergic reactions. They are:
  • Peanuts
  • Tree nuts including cashews, walnuts, almonds, chestnuts etc.
  • Cow's milk
  • Wheat
  • Soybean
  • Fish
  • Shellfish
  • Sesame
  • Egg.

Most food allergic reactions are mild, but severe allergic reaction that affects the whole body, called anaphylaxis, can be life-threatening.  So how common is severe food allergy in schools?

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