The Pesky Peanut, a True Story by Seattle Author, Katie Corl, Educates Readers About the Challenges of Food Allergies

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Many people do not realize that food allergy statistics in the United States are both staggering and on the rise. According to the CDC, food allergies affect over 10 million Americans, and almost 4% of America's children.

The AAAAI (American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology) states that the peanut allergy, in particular, is the most common cause of food-related death. Seattle-author, Katie Corl, decided to share the personal story of her son Kelly's peanut allergy in her children's book debut - The Pesky Peanut, the first of a children's book series dedicated to allergy awareness.

Teaching families, schools and children about food allergies in a way that is both informative and entertaining can be a challenge. The Pesky Peanut is an easy to understand, entertaining and wonderfully illustrative book that solves this tricky dilemma. It teaches an important lesson about food allergies while cleverly telling the story of Kelly and the pesky peanut. Kelly's family discovers he is allergic to peanuts at his first birthday party, when his birthday cake causes an allergic reaction requiring a visit from the paramedics.

"I developed this story as a tool to help children understand food allergies," says author, Katie Corl. "While The Pesky Peanut deals specifically with my son Kelly's peanut allergy, the story's message is applicable to others as well. My goal is to take a mysterious, scary subject and make it easy to understand - helping parents and children cope and adjust to a food allergy."

Unfortunately, there is no simple cure for food allergies. The best method for management is prevention - strict avoidance of any food that triggers a reaction. With hundreds of deaths and thousands of hospitalizations relating to food allergies every year, there is clearly a need for increased efforts at education and prevention. Look for more stories from author, Katie Corl about other challenging allergies in children down the road.

Peanut Allergy Signs & Symptoms:
(From MayoClinic.com)
An allergic response to peanuts usually occurs within minutes after exposure, and symptoms range from mild to severe. Peanut allergy is one of the most common causes of anaphylaxis, a medical emergency that requires treatment with an epinephrine (adrenaline) injector (EpiPen, EpiPen Jr or Twinject) and a trip to the emergency room.

Peanut allergy symptoms can include:

  • Skin reactions such as hives, redness or swelling
  • Itching or tingling in or around the mouth and throat
  • Digestive problems such as diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea or vomiting
  • Tightening of the chest
  • Shortness of breath or wheezing
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Constriction of airways
  • Swelling of your throat that makes it difficult to breathe
  • A severe drop in blood pressure (shock)
  • Rapid pulse, dizziness, lightheadedness or loss of consciousness

Helpful Safety Tips:

  • Always update your child’s medical kit for school. Make sure your Epipen® is not expired.
  • Check with your school concerning its policy and see if you can have your child’s Epipen® in the classroom with trained school staff on the use of an Epipen®.
  • Check food labels. If there is uncertainty concerning ingredients simply avoid it.
  • Make sure the adults that may spend time with your child during the school day ( e.g. coaches, field trip parent volunteers, carpool parents, bus drivers, etc), are trained on how to use an Epipen® in case of a severe allergic reaction.

About The Author:
Katie Corl is married with three wonderful children and lives with her husband in the Pacific Northwest. In addition to her family, she loves American History and traveling.

Where to Buy:
The Pesky Peanut can be purchased on Amazon.com - Search "The Pesky Peanut"

Visit the Pesky Peanut Facebook fan page for the latest news and updates:
http://www.facebook.com/thepeskypeanut

About Arundel Books:
Arundel Books was founded in 1984 as a fine press publisher specializing in art and poetry; three years later, they began selling rare and out-of print books. The company and its affiliates have grown over the past two decades, and now operate a retail bookstore in Seattle, two internet bookstores, and a small publishing company complete with hand-operated presses and in-house papermaking. Each of the Arundel stores has an independent mindset, and a select, diverse stock that is constantly changing and growing. For more information visit http://www.arundelbookstores.com

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