The allergic process is called atopy, and occurs when a person comes into contact with an allergen. The allergen sets off a cascade of events in the immune system that leads to inflammation and hyperreactivity in the airways.
Our job as parents is to protect our children, but our goal is to raise a responsible adult. When a child has a serious health issue, it's natural that we hold on a little tighter and often for a little longer. When the stakes are very high, as they are with life threatening food allergies and asthma, we do not have the luxury of allowing…