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  • Challenges faced by expatriate children with food allergy in an Asian country.

    Author(s) : Huren SivarajMohana RajakulendranLee BeeWahShek, L.

    Author Affiliation : Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, Singapore, Singapore.

    Correspondence : Annals of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology 2010 Vol.105 No.4 pp.323-324 ref.7

    Abstract : A questionnare-based survey was carried out on expatriate members of Food Allergy (Singapore), a support group for food allergic families to which most expatriate families belong, to collect information on stress experience after immigration, as well as its causes. A total of 30 expatriate members who previously lived in a Western country for at least 2 years completed the survey. The most commonly reported allergenic foods were groundnuts (72.7%), eggs (63.6%), tree nuts (57.6%), and milk (45.6%). A total of 21 parents reported an increase in stress after moving to Singapore. Among the stressors identified were concern about their child's teacher's lack of awareness of handling allergic condition (84.5%), poor food labelling (85.7%), and poor food preparation in eateries (85.7%). Almost 35% of parents were unnecessarily concerned that epinephrine autoinjectors were not available in Singapore, although they are. Based on these findings, recommendations addressing these concerns of expatriate parents with food allergic children are provided.

    ISSN : 1081-1206

    DOI : 10.1016/j.anai.2010.08.004

    URL : http://elsevier.com/wps/find/journald...

    Record Number : 20103368826

    Publisher : Elsevier

    Location of publication : New York

    Country of publication : USA

    Language of text : English

    Language of summary : English

    Indexing terms for this abstract:

    Organism descriptor(s) : Arachis hypogaea, man

    Descriptor(s) : attitudes, children, eggs, epinephrine, food allergies, foods, groundnuts, human diseases, immigrants, labelling, mental stress, milk, nuts, parents

    Identifier(s) : adrenaline, food hypersensitivity, labeling, labels, peanuts, psychological stress

    Geographical Location(s) : Singapore

    Broader term(s) : Arachis, Papilionoideae, Fabaceae, Fabales, eudicots, angiosperms, Spermatophyta, plants, eukaryotes, Homo, Hominidae, primates, mammals, vertebrates, Chordata, animals, APEC countries, ASEAN Countries, Commonwealth of Nations, Developing Countries, South East Asia, Asia, Threshold Countries