Parents trying to cope with the day-to-day problems of children with an allergic condition will be able to get some expert advice from one of the sessions at this year’s Allergy and Free From Show, Olympia on Friday, July 7.

Dr Polly James, Clinical Psychologist, and Roisin Fitzsimons, Nurse Consultant, will be in the Learning Centre at 11 am, speaking on Managing your children’s allergic conditions at home and at school.

Both clinicians are part of the team at the Children’s Allergy Service of Guy’s & St Thomas’ hospitals where last year saw the innovation of a Paediatric Psychology Service, the first of its kind in the UK, undertaken with the sponsorship of Action Against Allergy which is continuing to provide support this year, enabling this unique service to expand.

Allergic conditions are affecting a rising number of children every year, greater than for adults. Parents have to face the problems arising from a variety of them, including asthma (believed to affect 1 in 3 children in the UK); eczema (1 in 6), allergic rhinitis (1 in 5) and many different foods, with a documented increase in hospital admissions for children with severe reactions to food (anaphylaxis).