Food Allergy Week 13 – 19th May

May 2013

Food Allergy week

Did you know 1 in 10 babies born in Australia today will develop a food allergy?

Pretty frightening isn’t it? Whether you have a child with a food allergy, know a family or friend with one, or may even be pregnant with the unknown, support the fabulous ‘1 in 10 campaign’ for Food Allergy Week.

The ‘1 in 10 campaign’ 2013 marks the 20th year of Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia. To signify the fact that 1 in 10 babies* born in Australia today will develop a food allergy, everyone is encouraged to paint 1 fingernail out of 10 (or 9 fingernails 1 colour, the 10th another colour) and donate to the cause online during Food Allergy Week 13 – 19 May 2013.

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Food allergy continues to increase at alarming rates. Whilst researchers across the world try to understand more about food allergy and the increase, those in the Australian community live with the challenge of managing risk whilst maintaining a good quality of life.

1 in 10 infants now have food allergy. The most common food allergies in childhood are cow’s milk, egg, peanut and tree nut. The foods that trigger 90% of food allergic reactions in Australians include cow’s milk, egg, peanut, tree nut, sesame, soy, wheat, fish and shellfish. Peanut, tree nut, fish, shellfish and sesame allergy are usually lifelong.

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Risk cannot be removed but it can be managed. The 1 in 10 babies with food allergy need to be cared for in a community that has greater understanding and awareness of food allergy. Individuals at risk of anaphylaxis and those caring for them must know how to reduce the possibility of a reaction, be able to recognise a reaction when it happens and know how to respond.

Food Allergy Week is the national initiative to raise awareness and money to support Australians with food allergies – a widespread public health issue that is on the rise.

Visit the dedicated Food Allergy Week website for more information.

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