Delayed diagnosis and misdiagnosis are most prevalent in young children. This is especially the case for less-understood disorders such as non-IgE mediated food allergies. The wide range of symptoms, significant timing variations, and inability for parents to effectively communicate concerns compounds this further. Today, a staggering 25% of parents report infant food allergy or intolerance symptoms while less than 5% are ever officially diagnosed. In order to better support parents, I founded Free to Feed, focused on helping parents navigate food allergies. We are starting by creating a mobile technology to allow thorough parental reporting as well as a breast milk test strip which detects maternal dietary food proteins.
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- We tell parents "you know your baby best" and then commonly dismiss their concerns due to inadequate reporting and attitudes towards child health
- Technological advancements to assist parental data collection and reporting will significantly impact food allergy diagnosis rates and empower parents
- Breastmilk and formula food introduction data, infant symptoms, and long term impact will map a reversal strategy for rising food allergy rates
- Trillitye Paullin, Founder & CEO, Free to Feed, Inc
Trillitye Paullin, Founder & CEO, Free to Feed
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