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Understanding and Managing Your Child's Food Allergies (A Johns Hopkins Press Health Book) Paperback – October 19, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0801884924 ISBN-10: 0801884926 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: A Johns Hopkins Press Health Book
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press; 1 edition (October 19, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801884926
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801884924
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #698,817 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sicherer has put together in one welcomed source the wisdom of his many years of experience and the latest research... Approachable and straightforward, his book provides parents with practical advice.

(Library Journal (starred review))

Provides families with state-of-the-art education about food allergy.

(Robert A. Wood, M.D., Director, Division of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology, the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center)

This book is an amazing compilation of the essential information needed to work with your doctor, discuss your child's food allergy with other caregivers and your child, and, ultimately, provide your child with the best care possible. It is the only resource I know of that provides timely, accurate, and accessible information on every medical aspect of food allergy.

(from the Introduction by Hugh A. Sampson, M.D., Director, The Jaffe Food Allergy Institute)

Dr. Sicherer is a rare combination of brains, compassion, understanding, and practicality... A reference tool that belongs in everyone's bookcase.

(from the Foreword by Anne Muñoz-Furlong, Founder and CEO, The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network)

This work presents the practical strategies for day-to-day living with food allergies in an unalarming narrative with case studies that serve to illustrate and illuminate key points.

(Choice)

A thorough overview... The information is useful to parents and others who take care of children with food allergies.

(Yesim Yilmaz-Demirdag, Sami Bahna Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology)

About the Author

Scott H. Sicherer, M.D., is an associate professor of pediatrics at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and a researcher in the Jaffe Food Allergy Institute at Mount Sinai. He is an associate editor of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology and the author of The Complete Peanut Allergy Handbook.


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This book has helped to clear up most of them.
Mom
If you have a child or grandchild with food allergies, I'd highly recommend this book.
A reader in Upstate, NY
It's a fabulous reference guide to have if you have a child with food allergies.
Michelle C.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By C. Matte on January 6, 2007
Format: Paperback
My 14 month old was just diagnosed with some potentially life-threatening food allergies and I felt like I couldn't easily get the information/support I wanted. This book has helped me become more informed and feed more prepared. He begins by explaining what causes an allergic reaction and then goes on to explain diagnosing allergies, treatment options, recognizing an allergic reaction (and the severity), and also includes a section on the long-term emotional/social implications of food allergies. There is a section that lists various allergens in foods, how likely it is that a child will outgrow them, and how common they are. He includes a ton of real-life case-studies, which not only help to clarify his point, but reminded me that I'm not the only one feeling overwhelmed, anxious, and sad about my child's allergies. While there is no replacement for the allergist who knows your child and their history, this book filled in a lot of blanks in questions I didn't even know I wanted to ask! I will pass this on to family members who are interested in learning more and highly recommend it to others.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mom on May 27, 2007
Format: Paperback
We have been managing my child's food allergies for the past 5 years - I have read many, many books on the subject. This one is the absolute best! As much as I understood about food allergies, I still had many questions. This book has helped to clear up most of them. Many of the books on food allergy create a sense of panic, especially when you are new to the situation. The information in this book takes some of the anxiety out of everyday life - our children can have normal, healthy, fun-filled lives!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Ramsey on April 10, 2007
Format: Paperback
As a seasoned mom, but a new one to the food allergy world, this book provides a lot of technical info all in one source. If you want to understand why our bodies react to certain foods and how to proceed, this book is for you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Riddhish Shah on September 15, 2008
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I am a physician and I can assure you, this is the best book out there to get clear prospective and understanding about food allergies.
Each chapter has clear focus, breadth of knowledge that gives vital information and suggests remedial actions to prevent allergic reaction.
I love the book. Even medical school dont prepare you for your kids food allergies. No one in our family had it. Thanks for writing this excellent book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Hardy on January 18, 2007
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This is a great resource for Parents and caregivers with children suffering food allergies. I've found most Doctor's, even Allergists, do not take a proactive role in educating the Parent on how to manage such a lifestyle changing issue. I found this book and Dr. Sicherer does an outstanding job putting the processes of food allergies in layman's terms and describes the many steps in working through the issues related to this health concern. Best of luck if your just learning about food allergies, like me, but luckily, many children seem to grow out of some allergies with time - keeping my fingers crossed!!!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Gillespie on March 22, 2007
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My three-year old son has severe food allergies. This book -- written by a world-renowned pediatric allergist -- is one of the best food allergy books I've come across. It provides all the latest statistics and medical background regarding food allergy, and is easy for the lay public to digest, e.g., those of us without medical degrees. Another great book for parents learning to cope with their child's food allergies is: The Parents Guide to Food Allergies -- Clear and Complete Adivce From the Experts on Raising Your Food-Allergic Child. It's written by a parent -- who was a professional writer before discovering her child had food allergies. It's easy-to-read and covers some of the more emotional aspects of raising a child with this very unique and special need.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dad of Two on January 9, 2007
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This book is a great reference guide to understanding food allergies, a must for anyone who knows someone with food allergies, especially parents of Food Allergic Children. Wonderful.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A reader in Upstate, NY on January 22, 2007
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Dr. Sicherer has written a very helpful, up-to-date, and thorough book about food allergies and children. He and his team at Mt. Sinai are some of the top pediatric allergists working today, which is clear from his book. He does a great job giving an overview of food allergies, as well as some of the emotional consequences of having a child with one. I have read quite a few books on this topic (because of my daughter's food allergies) and this is my favorite. It's not alarmist, but recognizes that food allergies can be serous. It talks about the personal/emotional but doesn't exaggerate scary stories to make a more compelling read. If you have a child or grandchild with food allergies, I'd highly recommend this book.
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