MADISON (WKOW) -- It's estimated that close to one in 13 children suffer from food allergies in the U.S. And this week is about bringing awareness to the problem.
Amy Recob, the author of "The Bugabees" book series, says eight foods account for 90 percent of all allergic reactions. She says those foods include peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, milk, soy, eggs, wheat.
Recob wrote "The Bugabees" books to help educate the public about food allergies. She says Bugabee characters offer an optimistic approach to managing food allergies by focusing on all things they can have, opposed to those they can't.
According to Recob, allergic reactions to food are not always the same, but says often times, hives, swelling, itchy mouth, cramps, vomiting, and difficulty breathing are some of the symptoms that can occur. She says in the most severe cases, some allergic reactions can lead to death.
This Saturday, Recob, in collaboration with Dean Clinic and St. Mary's Hospital, will host a free open house to promote food allergy awareness from 10 a.m. to noon at St. Mary's Hospital in Madison. The theme for the event is "Passport to Food Allergy Awareness, Destination: kid-friendly fun!"
Recob says it is a family friendly event for anyone who wishes to come to benefit from the educational and entertaining activities. Recob will share her stories, there will be an expert on hand to answer questions, kids arts and crafts activities, goodie bags with allergen-free samples and fun giveaways.
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Recob joined us on 27 News at 5 on Tuesday.