News: live web chat on kids and allergy

Questions and Answers signpostDISCOVERING your child has a food allergy isn’t just a question of diagnosis and treatment. Each day throws up fresh challenges and it’s not always easy to find the answers.

So the chance to speak one-on-one with an expert is a godsend. Which is why I’ll be tuning in to this Thursday’s live web chat with paediatric allergy supremo Professor John Warner.

Prof Warner, of St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, has published hundreds of research papers on paediatric allergy and asthma and is chairman of the paediatric section of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology. He’ll be on hand to dole out advice in the hour-long online chat, backed by the Anaphylaxis Campaign. Also answering questions will be experienced allergy Mum Karen Brunas, whose six-year-old son is allergic to eggs, tree nuts and peanuts.

For more information on where to go and how to submit your questions see here.

Says Prof Warner: “Diagnosis can cause emotional stress for families but this need not be the case if timely and effective medical support is provided. Research is beginning to identify new treatment approaches which in the not too distant future could even lead to prevention of allergic sensitisation and cure if it has already developed.

“Web chats are a very useful way to gain knowledge and understanding of allergies which should give families greater peace of mind.”



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