WINNIPEG – It can often be a source of frustration within a family: grandparents not taking food allergies seriously.
Grandparents grew up in a time where food allergies were rare, so the Children’s Hospital of Winnipeg offers classes specifically for grandparents.
Children’s allergist Dr. Allan Becker tells 680 CJOB if a child has food allergies, everyone in the family HAS to work together.
“That’s one of the most important things that our educators can help them understand, and understand the need that everybody is taking this with exactly the same sense of concern.”
Becker says it’s not just grandparents though that don’t take these allergies seriously.
“Among parents, among the educated, even health care professionals who say, ‘Ahh, allergies aren’t a big deal’ until it happens to their kids.”
Hands-on interaction with EpiPens are part of the 90-minute sessions, which are run by the Children’s Allergy and Asthma Education Centre.