Health Canada reminds parents to be allergy-aware
Health Canada is reminding parents to make sure they are mindful of the items they include with their kids' lunches.
Published Wednesday, August 28, 2013 9:55AM MDT
Parents in Calgary will be raiding their pantries to pack lunches for hungry students starting next month and Health Canada is reminding them to be careful about allergies.
The organization says that reactions can come on quickly and without warning and have the possibility of causing life-threatening conditions in children.
Health Canada says that about 1.2 million Canadians are affected by many different types of allergies while some studies show that this number is increasing, especially among children.
Most allergic reactions in Canada are caused by:
- Tree nuts
- Sesame seeds
- Seafood (including fish, crustaceans, and shellfish)
Health Canada says that symptoms can rage from mild skin irritations and hives to breathing difficulties and loss of consciousness.
The most dangerous symptoms include breathing difficulties or a drop in blood pressure which can both lead to a loss of consciousness, anaphylaxis, or even death.
As a result, many schools are restricting certain foods from being included in school lunches and parents are encouraged to follow those policies even if their child isn’t allergic.
To find out specifically which items are banned from lunches, parents should contact their child’s school directly.
Health Canada says there is no cure for food allergies and the only way to prevent illness is to avoid the allergens.
You can find more information on food allergies on the Health Canada website.