Understanding food allergies is important as a food allergy parent. Seems kinda simple but knowing the science behind a reaction and treatment makes it easier to explain to others what could happen to your child.
People are often curious about food allergies and have a genuine interest. Podcast host Sue spends a lot of time explaining her food allergy life to friends, family and sometimes complete strangers. She feels sharing what she knows can only help raise food allergy awareness and also motivate someone to study immunology, donate to research or even save a life of someone having a reaction.
The podcast guest this week* is Lila Kertz, MSN, RN, CPNP, AE-C, CPT. Honestly, most people only know what a few of those letters mean. You'd think it would intimidating but Lila spends the majority of her time in the trenches with food allergy kids as a nurse practitioner in the Washington University School of Medicine Department of Pediatric Asthma and Allergy Clinic. She understands food allergies well and has won multiple awards from the American Academy of Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology and the American Thoracic Society. She also is a nation speaker on asthma and allergy.
Lila also has an information page on St. Louis Children's Hospital's MD Mom Docs website where she has videos and article about allergies and asthma. Check it out here. Watch her timely video When Can Babies Eat Peanuts.
*Program Note: We combined two episodes with Lila.