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New online tool tasked with reducing food allergies

A new website has been launched to educate health care providers and parents on the latest recommendations for introducing common allergens to babies.

The Nip Allergies in the Bub website was developed as part of the National Allergy Strategy Food Allergy Prevention Project and includes free resources for health professionals on food allergy prevention and on optimising eczema management.

The project aims to help reduce the number of children developing food allergies by offering the latest expert guidance for both health professionals and parents, and The Nip Allergies in the Bud website is backed by evidence-based research and studies and has been trialed in Western Australia for the past 12 months.

The website aims to fill a gap that has existed in allergy management, the Chief Executive of Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia, Maria Said told The Sydney Morning Herald this week.

Parents are frightened and need guidance and support on introducing potential allergens, she said, and Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia has received numerous phone calls over many years seeking this sort of information.

In addition to advice for parents on introducing allergens, the website includes information on how to spot allergic reactions, and on other allergy-related areas such as eczema care.

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Source: The Sydney Morning Herald