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Vermont: Doctor sees several infants/toddlers/little kids every day with new onset of food allergy

May 14, 2018, CBS3, Burlington, VT: Allergic Reaction http://www.wcax.com/content/news/Allergic-Reaction-482574561.html Sunday marked the start of severe allergy awareness week. According to Food Allergy Research and Education, about 15 million Americans have food allergies. That includes 5.9 million children under the age of 18. That's 1 in 13 children or roughly two in every classroom. … According to Food Allergy Research and Education or FARE, about 40 percent of children with food allergies have experienced a severe allergic reaction such as anaphylaxis. … "Twenty to thirty years ago this existed but it was not nearly as common and the reason is not clear. It's subject to much investigation and research," Dr. Edward Kent said. Kent is one of two doctors at the UVM Health Network who specializes in allergy and immunology. "We'll see several patients a day with new onset of food allergy and the vast majority of those people are infants and toddlers and school age," Kent said. … "For every classroom has an allergy and asthma alert envelope," said Brittany Caruso who works at Nadeau's Playschool in Williston. Nadeau's is one preschool going above and beyond for toddlers with severe allergies. At one time, the school had three children who required an EpiPen on site. "We all have some training in, of course, first aid," Caruso said. "But then we also take a six-hour medication administration class as well, so that goes a lot more in depth for both asthma and allergy on how to recognize symptoms and then what to do it to take action." Nadeau's went peanut-free a year and a half ago. It has an egg-free classroom. There are no group snacks; food comes from home and the labels are carefully looked at by the staff. …