PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 28, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- From an early age, children with life-threatening food allergies are taught to proceed with caution: check labels, ask about ingredients, don't eat something at a friend's house if you don't know what is in it. In some cases, however, necessary caution evolves into unnecessary avoidance – not only of foods but also of social situations where food might be served. This sort of disordered eating and avoidance is driven by anxiety, which if left unaddressed can significantly derail a child's quality of life and social development.
- The Food Allergy Bravery (FAB) program at CHOP provides cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) in five to eight sessions to children who have severe anxiety related to their food allergies.
- "This study shows that our Food Allergy Bravery program is a successful treatment for helping children with food allergy anxiety overcome their fears and improve their day-to-day life."
- The FAB Clinic was launched in 2018 as a collaborative project to address food allergy anxiety.
- Today, all patients seen with food allergies at CHOP are screened for anxiety and referred to the FAB Clinic as needed.