Recognition and management of food allergy in children
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Recognition and management of food allergy in children

Alia Boardman Clinical nurse specialist, Paediatric Allergy and Dermatology, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London, England
Katherine Knight Clinical nurse specialist, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London, England
Patricia Kane Clinical nurse specialist, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London, England
Roisin Fitzsimons Nurse consultant, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London, England

Incidence of food allergy has been increasing and is more commonly seen in children. Allergic reactions can vary, with symptoms ranging from mild to severe. This article aims to explore the immunological mechanisms involved in food allergy, as well as distinguishing between immunoglobulin E (IgE) mediated and non-IgE-mediated reactions. Careful diagnosis of the allergic child is essential and the article describes validated tests carried out in this process. Adopting a multidisciplinary approach to the management of children with allergies is vital because it ensures patients and carers are supported, empowered and therefore able to enjoy an improved quality of life.

Nursing Children and Young People. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.2019.e1097

Peer review

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Correspondence

alia.boardman@gstt.nhs.uk

Conflict of interest

None declared

Boardman A, Knight K, Kane P et al (2019) Recognition and management of food allergy in children. Nursing Children and Young People. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.2019.e1097

Published online: 28 February 2019