LYNCHBURG, VA. (WSET) – For Anthony and Rachel Waff the dinner time can get complicated.
Not for what their three children will not eat, but for what their little ones can not eat.
Two years Old Asher has severe food allergies.
Peanuts, eggs, garlic are just some of the foods that could make him stop breathing.
His doctors are not sure why nobody in his family deals with this, but Asher's immune system sees specific foods or something in those foods as dangerous.
But Asher does not even need to eat food to get a reaction.
They discovered that he was allergic to garlic after it had burst when their dog licked him on the leg after eating dog food containing garlic.
The other two boys do not have food allergies, but have to watch out for their little brother
If they eat something he can not have, Asher must be in his high chair … And Abe and Anderson eat paper plates that they can be thr If there is no trace of food that could hurt Asher is left behind.
Asher's pediatric allergist says there are currently no drugs or blows for those with food allergies, but oral desensitization to the horizon is desirable.
There are some places in the United States that are already experiencing this approach, which actually means giving the patient small amounts of food to which they are allergic.
The Waffs studied and found the Southern California Food Allergy Institute which claims to have had great success with its "tolerance induction program".
The program has a waiting list longer than a year, but after six months the Waff received the call that Asher had been accepted.
And right now, the family is in California where Asher will soon begin this unique treatment ̵
The National Institute of Infectious Diseases and Allergies has recently published a study that shows that oral desensitization seems to be a Reaciment for some children with peanut allergies, but they say they still need to examine the long-term effects .
The Southern California Food Allergy Institute claims that their program works by saying that they have nearly 3,500 graduates who can now eat without restrictions.
The Waffs say this program offers the best hope for Asher to live a normal life.
Asher will have to return to California every 6-8 weeks for more than a year. He will then return every 6 months or so, most likely for the rest of his life just to make sure he is still tolerating the foods that, once upon a time, could be deadly.
Waff insurance covers much of the treatment, but not travel costs to get to California every two months. They have a fund for me site. You can find a link to it here.