Presentation on theme: "The Food Allergy Challenge Anna J Richards NZRD. Role of the Allergy Dietitian Diagnosis Myth buster Crisis manager Counselor Educator Nutrition – adequacy,"— Presentation transcript:
Diagnosis in perspective Accurate diagnosis Interpretation of results Clinical picture Resolution of allergy
Complete exclusion …. Correlates most strongly with resolution of allergy …..What does that mean for us????
Risk Assessment Household ? Structure, food habits of other family members, use of allergenic food, frequency, lifestyle, social activities, pets Other regular carers? Diet history What is a reasonable risk?
Remember …..allergy is a constantly changing picture Accidental exposure Importance of food challenges
Reassure….. Most children grow out of most allergies over their childhood years Most children with allergy will never experience anaphlyaxis We have not had any infant deaths from allergy in NZ Although a childs diet might seem restrictive to us, usually they know no difference Emphasize what children can eat not what they can’t