Parenting in the First 3 Years Podcast
#69: What New Parents Need to Know About Food Allergies
with Katie Larson, PA-C
In this episode of “Parenting in the First Three Years,” host Ann McKitrick interviews Katie Larson, a physician’s assistant with personal experience in dealing with severe food allergies in her own child. Katie shares her journey of discovering her child’s allergies and undergoing oral immunotherapy treatment. She emphasizes the importance of introducing allergenic foods early to reduce the risk of developing allergies. Katie recommends introducing foods like peanuts and sesame between four to six months for babies predisposed to allergies and around six months for others.
In the interview, Katie also discusses the signs to watch for in case of allergic reactions, which typically occur within a few minutes to two hours after food consumption. Parents should be vigilant for symptoms such as facial swelling, hives, vomiting, or any other unusual reactions during or after feeding their child. By following these guidelines and seeking medical advice, parents can navigate the complexities of introducing new foods and manage food allergies effectively.
Grab the free instruction guide on home-feeding peanut protein for infants here.
- Katie’s journey with her son’s food allergies
- The 9 allergenic foods
- Guidelines for introducing new foods
- What to look for when introducing new foods
- What are the statics for a child having a food allergy
About the guest:
Katie Larson is a PA with Aspire Allergy & Sinus in Houston. She not only sees food allergy patients daily in clinic, but also spearheads oral immunotherapy (OIT) data collection and research for Aspire, recently presenting a poster about OIT at a national allergy conference. Katie graduated at the top of her class from Baylor College of Medicine with a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies and also holds a master’s degree in teaching. She has a personal connection with allergic conditions and treatments, as one of her sons successfully underwent OIT for his food allergies years ago. Katie loves being able to offer patients food allergy treatment because, thanks to her son’s experience, she knows how life-changing it can be to no longer suffer from food allergies. In her spare time, Katie enjoys traveling with her husband and two boys.
In the 2023 season of Parenting in the First 3 Years, we’ll be bringing on parents just like you to share the story of their personal journey. Would you like to apply to be considered as a guest? Let’s talk about it! Simply email Ann McKitrick at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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