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Understanding and Managing Your Child's Food Allergies (A Johns Hopkins Press Health Book) [Paperback]

by Scott H. Sicherer
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Book Description

October 19, 2006 0801884926 978-0801884924 1

For children with food allergies, eating—one of the basic functions of life—can be a nightmare. Children who suffer or become dangerously ill after eating peanuts, seafood, milk, eggs, wheat, or a host of other foods require constant vigilance from caring, concerned parents, teachers, and friends.

In this empathetic and comprehensive guide, Dr. Scott H. Sicherer, a specialist in pediatric food allergies, gives parents the information they need to manage their children’s health and quality of life. He describes why children develop food allergy, the symptoms of food allergy (affecting the skin, the gastrointestinal tract, and the respiratory system), and the role of food allergy in behavioral problems and developmental disabilities. Parents will learn how to recognize emergency situations, how to get the most out of a visit with an allergist, what allergy test results mean, and how to protect their children—at home, at school, at summer camp, and in restaurants.

Informative, compassionate, and practical, this guide will be indispensable for parents, physicians, school nurses, teachers, and everyone else who cares for children with food allergies.

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Editorial Reviews


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.


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.

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: #162,826 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great overview of food allergies January 6, 2007
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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great info April 10, 2007
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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must if you have a child with allergies!!! January 18, 2007
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book!!! January 9, 2007
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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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy-to-read, up-to-date, comprehensive resource 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbiased approach to Food Allergy Explanation December 29, 2011
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In my opinion, Dr. Sicherer does an excellent job of describing what a food allergy is, what possible reactions are and some steps to take in avoiding life-threatening reactions. One part of this book that is very useful is his large resource of examples of kids and families who have allergies and the experiences that they each go through. Those examples are used to explain a more detailed point. In the end, the result of his examples helps to remember and understand the principle he is teaching.

The perspective that he takes is of a medical doctor. However, he streses the importance of what he calls The Medical History. In this, he explains that the tests and the doctor do not have nearly as much information available as the parents. So, in diagnosis the child, the parents and the history of the child is the most reliable source for information.

I highly recommend this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars And invaluable reference for parents of children with food allergies
When my son was diagnosed with food allergies I bought this book right away. It was invaluable in helping me understand all the tests and results. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amy Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars very good book
i have a son that has allergies , and this book really helped me out very very much with allergies
Published 8 months ago by mesh felberbaum
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as an appointment with Dr. Sicherer!
We bought this book when our 6 month old was diagnosed with milk, egg, peanut and tree nut allergies. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Smommy
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Didn't read it cover to cover, only the parts I needed. Luckily my child grew out of her cows milk allergy!
Published 10 months ago by luki's mommy
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book
I got this book in hopes that it would fill in some blanks that another book left me with about my childrens peanut allergies. Read more
Published 10 months ago by feney
5.0 out of 5 stars Great overview of diagnosing and living with food allergies.
Solid information. Case studies to illustrate points. Highly recommend if you have a child with allergies and want to understand them better.
Published 14 months ago by Beth
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for a first-time mom who was panicking
This book is an excellent read and I know that I will refer to it through time, unless my baby outgrows his food allergies. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Tamic
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect source for parents
We live in Turkey and bought this book from Amazon.In Turkey there is not enough published material on food allergies on babies or children. Read more
Published 18 months ago by ÷nder G‹ZEL
5.0 out of 5 stars Good resource
This is a good book. There is much more information in this book in regards to anaphylactic reactions than the gastroentestinal upset (eosinophilic esophagitis)kind of allergy. Read more
Published on March 28, 2010 by J. Churchill
3.0 out of 5 stars Allergy experts are not always available
He does a good job describing the various reactions and problems a parent can have dealing with a child's food allergies. He overemphasizes the physician's role. Read more
Published on February 18, 2009 by B. Gregory
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