A developmental, community, and psychosocial approach to food allergies in children

Curr Allergy Asthma Rep. 2010 Sep;10(5):381-6. doi: 10.1007/s11882-010-0123-1.


Recent estimates show that food allergies affect a substantial proportion of children in the United States and appear to have increased in prevalence. At present, management of food allergies consists of strict avoidance of the responsible allergen and an appropriate response should a reaction occur. Creating safe environments for the growing number of children with food allergies requires a partnership between affected families and members of the caregiving and educational communities. This article reviews issues affecting children with food allergies at different stages of psychosocial development and discusses strategies that can be implemented to promote food safety within child care and school environments as well as in the community. It also presents an overview of policy developments at the state and national level that have implications for children with food allergies.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Child Welfare
  • Child, Preschool
  • Food Hypersensitivity / epidemiology
  • Food Hypersensitivity / prevention & control
  • Food Hypersensitivity / therapy*
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Health Promotion*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Public Health Practice
  • Residence Characteristics
  • United States / epidemiology