Supporting teenagers with allergies and encouraging independence.Teenagers often take risks and want to fit in with their peers, so how do you navigate food allergies and giving them greater independence?
Date recorded: 24th April 2023
Supporting young people with food allergies to become more independent and to take on greater responsibility for things like medication can be a challenge. Teenagers love to take risks and adolescence can be a vulnerable time with food allergies. Sometimes we have got so used to protecting our children, it’s hard to let go. In this Q&A Professor Graham Roberts explains why teenagers might find it hard to understand the seriousness of the allergies, how to encourage their friends to become allergy allies and why it’s important to stop nagging your teen to remember their medication every time they go out. We also discuss kissing with allergies, storing adrenaline auto-injectors and lots more.
Professor Roberts is an expert in young people and food allergy, he is President of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology and Professor and Honorary Consultant Paediatrician in Paediatric Allergy and Respiratory Medicine at the University of Southampton. He gave up his time for free to help us keep costs down.
This hour-long Q&A with The Allergy Team was recorded on 24th April 2023.