With news last week that allergies in children have more than doubled in a generation, we meet Emma Amoscato who decided to investigate herself after both of her children were diagnosed with chronic multiple allergies. Emma ended up writing a guide that’s now been endorsed by Allergy UK.
She’s joined by paediatric allergist Adam Fox to reveal the truth about allergies and what to do if you’re worried about your children.
Emma's advice to other parents
1. Trust your instincts: You know your child better than anyone, so don't allow your concerns to be fobbed off. If you think something is wrong, make sure you get your point across. Do your own research and ask lots of questions. You should never feel awkward about raising concerns and giving your opinion to doctors."
2. Be prepared:"Always plan ahead and read ingredients. You must learn to use an adrenaline injector before you're put in a situation where you have to and carry it with you at all times."
3. Communication is key: "Talk to caregivers and schools about how to keep your child safe and included. Help your child talk about their allergies too. There are no stupid questions when it comes to the health and wellbeing of your child. It is an overwhelming subject and it will take you some time to process all the information."
4. You're not alone, talk to others: "Try to find support from other people online. Parents will be on forums online or in a support group. They will help you feel less anxious or alone."
5. It gets easier: "A new diagnosis can be overwhelming. Allergies may mean you have to do things differently but they don't need to limit your family's life and you will find a way that will work for your family."