Study links intentional exposure to allergic reactions

03/11/2013 | Medscape (free registration)

A Johns Hopkins University study found that about 11% of allergic reactions in children with food allergies involved intentional exposures by caregivers, usually parents. The study showed that 46% of caregivers thought a small quantity would be safe, 42% said they wanted to test whether the condition had resolved and 38% indicated the children had consumed a baked form of the food before so they believed it to be safe. Study researcher Kim Mudd said caregivers "want to have their kids' and their lives as normalized as possible."

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