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Childcare provider training: Just a bite, managing food allergies in children Nov. 12 in Grundy Center

November 9, 2014
Reinbeck Courier

The prevalence of food allergies among children is rising. They have increased 18% in the last 10 years. Food allergies are more common among children, affecting 6-8% of children under age 4 whereas 4% of the adult population has food allergies.

"The highest incidence of food allergies occurs among children under the age of 3. Almost 1 in 5 of children in this age group have food allergies," according to Jill Weber. "The prevalence of food allergies in this age group, can create life-threatening situations if a childcare provider is unaware of the management and treatment of food allergies.

Are you responsible for the care of children with food allergies? It often takes just a bite of the allergen to cause a reaction. "There are eight major food allergens that account for 90% of all food allergy reactions," said Jill Weber. "Food allergies can be easily prevented and treated by knowing some basic principles.

Join ISU Extension Nutrition & Health Program Specialist Jill Weber to learn strategies and practical skills to provide an allergen-safe and healthy environment for the children in your care.

Class is worth 2 clock hours toward childcare license renewal.

Class will be held at the Grundy Center Community Center. Brochures with more information and registration forms can be obtained by contacting the Grundy County Extension office at 319-824-6979, visiting us at 703 F Avenue, Suite 1, Grundy Center, or by e-mailing Shari at

Registration forms and the enrollment fee must be turned in no later than November 10, 2014.



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