Health Information & Resources
Allergies & Asthma
Allergies are among the most common chronic conditions worldwide. Allergy symptoms range from making you miserable to putting you at risk for life-threatening reactions.
According to the leading experts in allergy, an allergic reaction begins in the immune system. Our immune system protects us from invading organisms that can cause illness. If you have an allergy, your immune system mistakes an otherwise harmless substance as an invader. This substance is called an allergen. The immune system overreacts to the allergen by producing Immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies. These antibodies travel to cells that release histamine and other chemicals, causing an allergic reaction.
Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults and was previously known as juvenile diabetes. Only 5% of people with diabetes have this form of the disease. In type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin. The body breaks down the sugars and starches you eat into a simple sugar called glucose, which it uses for energy. Insulin is a hormone that the body needs to get glucose from the bloodstream into the cells of the body. With the help of insulin therapy and other treatments, even young children can learn to manage their condition and live long healthy lives.
Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. If you have type 2 diabetes your body does not use insulin properly. This is called insulin resistance. At first, your pancreas makes extra insulin to make up for it. But, over time it isn’t able to keep up and can’t make enough insulin to keep your blood glucose at normal levels.
Influenza (also known as “flu”) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. This page provides resources about flu symptoms, complications, and diagnosis.
Seizures / Epilepsy
School’s starting! Many parents may secretly look forward to this time of year. Yet parents of children with seizures may also feel anxious or scared, for example…
Will their child be safe at school?
Will school personnel know what to do if a seizure occurs?
Will their child have problems learning and keeping up?
Will they have trouble making friends or be bullied for having epilepsy?
How can parents prepare their child to manage seizures at school?
There is no one answer to these questions. Epilepsy is a spectrum disorder- this means that there are many different types of seizures and epilepsy, and they can affect children differently.
Some children will do very well, with well-controlled seizures and little to no consequences. Others don’t do well. They may have occasional seizures or very frequent ones. There could be other neurological, medical or social problems too. These problems can affect the child’s safety, learning, mood, movement, friendships, and the ability to participate or succeed in school.
As a parent, you are your child’s best advocate. This is a hard job and you can’t do it alone. You also don’t want to “overprotect” your child. The best way of advocating for your child is speaking up and working with school personnel so they understand your child’s epilepsy experience and how best to help him succeed in school.
Here are some tips and links to information and resources from the Epilepsy Foundation to help you get started.