Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Allergic Responses Call for Constant Vigilance

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Allergic Responses Call for Constant Vigilance

Article excerpt

PARENTING is a 24-hour-a-day seven-day-a-week occupation but for Sunshine Beachas Tim Eldridge and his wife Ann it means living in a constant state of hyper-vigilance.

Their 12-year-old son Charles lives with several food allergies and intolerances and is in danger of going into anaphylactic shock.

A recent survey of more than 1000 parents by Medibank 24/7 Health Advice Line found that 41% of Queensland parents would not know what to do if their child suffered an allergic reaction and 34% would not know how to identify telltale signs.

Mr Eldridge, who became a de-facto campaigner for food allergy awareness as a result of managing his sonas condition, said he believed the study overestimated peopleas awareness.

While living in New York he worked with public schools to develop a response protocol for when a child suffers an allergic response.

He urged parents to be aware of the needs of children with allergies and to be prepared to respond in the case of a reaction. …

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