Childhood Food Allergies in Association with Psychosocial Development
Pucel, Haley N., 1997--
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A pediatric food allergy is a chronic and potentially life-threatening anaphylactic condition affecting a child’s psychosocial health. Food allergies can impede upon many areas of a child’s life including the way they are parented, how they interact at daycare or school, and how they develop independence. The purpose of this literature review is to examine the stresses that surround childhood food allergies in order to keep a child in a safe, allergen free environment. The scholarly journal articles used for this review, that were published within the last ten years, were found in the article databases CINAHL Complete, Nutrition Abstracts and Reviews, and Web of Science, and the key search terms used were childhood food allergies, psychosocial development, overprotective parents, and food allergy support. From analyzing the research, the protective factors of resilience and building autonomy reveal to be helpful tools in combatting the negative psychosocial factors that can be associated with childhood food allergies. Support systems for the child and parents can help to take control and manage the food allergy while overcoming physical, mental, and social barriers. A pamphlet composed of useful information for parents about the psychosocial concerns of childhood food allergies is included at the end of the paper.