What is oral immunotherapy?
Oral immunotherapy is a way allergists can help their patients with food allergies become less allergic to those foods. Sound too good to be true?
Oral Immunotherapy, also called “OIT,” is an evidence-based approach to treating food allergy. It carries risks, most notably being anaphylaxis, but many families are researching OIT to determine whether or not this is a good option for them.
“Is oral immunotherapy right for my child? For my family? For me?”
OIT has a lot of upsides; however, it is a relatively intense commitment and not right for all families during all seasons of their lives. On this episode of the podcast, Pam and I interview one of my patient's moms to talk about their experience with preschool OIT.
Tune in to learn more about OIT, then talk with your kiddo's allergist to see if this may bee a good option for your Sweet Pea.
Are you in need of an allergist in your area? Check out these allergist finder tools from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology:
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Additional Show Notes
I have talked about a non-profit…
The non-profit is The Teal Schoolhouse, whose primary program is Code Ana. Code Ana equips schools for medical emergencies like anaphylaxis. Our primary program is the Code Ana School Program, which is a comprehensive approach to school-focused medical preparedness. This program guides schools through the process of creating a medical emergency response plan. This is one of the most important components of a school's food allergy policy!
A medical emergency response plan is important for all kiddos and for adults at any school! Our primary goal is to share the School Program, and Code Ana’s Online Epinephrine Training Program helps support that goal. Through this program, you will educate yourself while you support this important mission! (BTW although Pam and I serve in leadership roles of Code Ana and The Teal Schoolhouse, our time/effort/work is completely voluntary). Does your kiddo’s school have Code Ana?