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Team Allergy at the Mini Sun Run - April 2018
About 7% of Canadian children have one or more food allergies.
THIS REPRESENTS OVER 86,000 CHILDREN IN BRITISH COLUMBIA.
Food allergy can have many negative consequences on the lives of affected children and their families, including significant impacts on quality of life, social exclusion, nutritional deficits, and anxiety over the risk of accidental exposure.
The allergy research team at BC Children's Hospital, led by Dr. Edmond Chan, is currently working on different initiatives to help children with food allergy and their families live healthy, happy lives:
- We are working on educating new parents about the importance of early food introduction to prevent allergy.
- We are a site for clinical trials on the "peanut patch" which desensitizes children to peanut by releasing small amounts of peanut protein through a patch on their skin.
- We want to expand our oral immunotherapy (OIT) program, through conducting research on different age groups and different food allergens. Currently, OIT is only being offered to preschool-aged children, and only for peanut. OIT involves eating small amounts of the food allergen in the allergy clinic, then continuing the dose daily at home, gradually increasing the amount up to a maintenance dose. The goal of OIT is to increase the threshold dose of food that an individual can consume, which can help protect against accidental exposures and allow the individual to consume foods that may contain their allergen.
- Once the OIT program is established at BC Children's Hospital, we want to work with allergists in other parts of BC, including Surrey, Victoria, and Interior BC to allow greater access to OIT for children outside of Vancouver.
Every dollar counts and will go towards ground-breaking research into prevention and treatment of food allergy at BC Children's Hospital."
PUB NIGHT in support of Allergy Research on Thursday, September 27th at the Oak & Thorne Pub in Langley
Click here for more details: Team Allergy Pub Night
Every element that makes BC Children's Hospital so important to BC's kids would not be possible without the generosity of our supporters and friends. From the tiniest toy that puts a smile on a youngster's face to the groundbreaking pediatric research that's helping to find better treatments and cures for many devastating childhood diseases, your donation helps ensure that the most precious members of our society - our children - receive the best possible care.
On behalf of all of us - patients, parents, staff, and volunteers - from BC Children's Hospital, thank you for your generosity and for caring for our children and their future.