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Flourishing with Food Allergies

Social, Emotional and Practical Guidance for Families with Young Children

By A. Anderson

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Reviewer: Allison Martin

Flourishing with Food Allergies (Social, Emotional, and Practical Guidelines for Families with Young Children) is an extensive overview of allergies in children for a wide variety of foods, including the most common culprits: tree nuts, peanuts, dairy, eggs, soy, wheat, fish and shellfish. In addition to her extensive research and practical experience, it includes a number of very helpful interviews with doctors and parents on identifying food allergies, finding alternative foods and other coping techniques.

While 8% of children and 2% of adults suffer from food allergies, information available is often conflicting and difficult to sort through. Compiled by a mother of two children with food allergies who has done extensive online research into coping with allergies, this book will be very helpful to parents coping with food allergies, to know they are not alone.

Flourishing with Food Allergies also includes discussions on shopping with food allergies in mind and advice on coping with food allergies at birthday parties, school, and other venues. I found the discussion of probiotics, and their potential role in healing very intriguing. To convey the universality of food allergies, this book includes a survey of allergy research from many countries, as well as interviews with parents of various nationalities. Since so much material is covered, this book would benefit from an index and a summary of findings, especially in regards to types of allergy tests. Overall, this is an important resource for parents on a most misunderstood topic.

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