Does your child miss school due to allergies? If so, you're not alone.
Seasonal allergies are believed to affect as many as 40% of U.S. children. On any given day, about 10,000 of those children miss school because of their allergies. That's a total of more than 2 million lost school days every year.
Even if your child doesn't miss school, allergies can get in the way of a productive school day, so managing allergies at school is an important part of caring for your child's health.
Always read labels. In the U.S., "soy" must be listed on the label if it’s in a food.
Be careful about eating at Asian restaurants. Even if you order a soy-free dish, you could still be exposed because the ingredient is used so often in Asian cooking. A cook might use the same utensil on soy and non-soy dishes. Explain that you need to be sure your food doesn’t touch soy in any way.
Ask your doctor about soy oil and lecithin. Most people with soy allergies can handle soy oil. The same goes for soy lecithin, which is often used in chocolate candy, peanut butter, and margarine. Your doctor or an allergist can help you figure out if they’re OK for you.