According to Food AllergyResearch and Education (FARE), about40 percent of children with food allergies have experienced a severe allergicreaction such as anaphylaxis.
An alarming statistic thatJeff and Kim Slone never wanted to experience with their daughter Anna. Herallergies to milk and peanuts were detected early on, so when she was four, shebegan oral immunotherapy or OIT at Texan Allergy. For eight months Anna wasgradually introduced to small doses of peanuts. Eventually, her body began to tolerate the food that once caused asevere reaction.
“You can’t put a value on the peace of mind you have with OIT. We don’t have to worry about it anymore.”
“We were so relieved sendingher to school,” says Jeff. “No more worrying about who might have peanuts intheir lunch while sitting next to her.”
After graduating from the OITprogram this past spring, Anna celebrated the huge accomplishment by going toDisney.
“The hardest part of it allis committing to the longevity of the process,” adds Jeff. “Ask questions. Onceyou understand the process, there’s no fear at all. It’s such a huge blessing.”