Food allergy affects approximately 2-5% of the pediatric population. The most common food allergies in young children include milk, egg, wheat, soy, and peanut. In older children and teenagers, the most common food allergies include peanut, tree nuts, fish, and shellfish. These reactions can be life threatening, and the possibility of an accidental ingestion can cause a great deal of stress and anxiety for both children and parents. At the Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital, we have a support group for parents and caregivers of children with anaphylactic food allergy. We meet on a monthly basis, and discuss a variety of topics including navigating the school system, going on vacation, planning for the holidays, and even dealing with the psychological issues that may accompany food allergies. Sometimes guest speakers are present. All are welcome, even if the child is not a patient at the Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital Allergy and Immunology clinic.
The Food Allergy Support Group meets on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. in Conference Rooms P1100 located in the new Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital.
This is a new permanent meeting location in the Children's Hospital. It is necessary for security concerns, that the main entrance is locked after 5:30-6:00 p.m. (At some point there will be front desk staff hired to cover the desk until the end of official visiting hours). However, until that happens, you will need to use a different entrance to find our meeting room.
Direction: Please park in the Centerview parking Garage and enter the hospital at the main entrance. Walk straight ahead towards the Starbucks. There is an area where the corridor goes from 16 feet wide to 8 feet wide, at this point is a set of double doors to the left just before this change. You will see a button to push to open the doors, it is not marked. Please enter and go down the long hallway and make a left just before the end of it. You will see signs directing you to the conference rooms.