The Pediatrician's Role in the Diagnosis and Management of Food Allergy

Childhood food allergy is a condition of public health importance and affects an estimated 8% of the population. Until a viable treatment or cure is readily available, improving management practices in clinical, social, and community settings remains essential. To ensure children receive comprehensive care from his or her pediatrician, our recent article in Pediatric Annals describes best practices distilled from the 2010 National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases guidelines in food allergy management, including: 1) Documentation of a diagnosis based on reaction history; 2) Appropriate diagnostic testing and test interpretation; 3) Prescription of potentially life-saving medications; 4) Counseling and educating patients’ families on prevention and treatment; and 5) Referral to an allergist. Pediatricians remain integral in caring for food-allergic children and are often the first, and sometimes only, physician managing a child’s food allergy.  CLICK HERE to learn more.