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Getting it right from
the start: Improving
outcomes in infant
food allergy

Updates in
infant food allergy

Food allergies and feeding problems in infants pose many challenges in terms of diagnosis and care. How can healthcare professionals feel confident in their clinical management decisions during this critical stage in a child’s development?
This series of resources will be valuable to all healthcare professionals working with infants. The videos and self-directed CPD-certified e-learning modules will support you in keeping your knowledge up to date regarding the identification, assessment and management of infant patients with food allergies, and how best to support their families and carers.

Key topics addressed in these resources include:

  • Signs, symptoms and differential diagnoses of infant food allergy
  • Best practice in managing cow’s milk allergy – from formula choice to weaning
    and beyond
  • Health economics of infant allergy management

Resources

Videos

Careful diagnosis and appropriate treatment of cows’ milk allergy (CMA) is essential, but the signs and symptoms are often nonspecific, presenting a tricky diagnostic challenge for healthcare professionals. Below are a series of video recordings, recorded during the “Updates in infant food allergy” webinar series in 2020, featuring expert guidance on the care of infants with CMA. Use these videos to refresh your memory of the webinars, catch up with any of the presentations you may have missed, or share with your colleagues.

Dr Dinkar Bakshi

Lead Consultant Allergist, Harley Street Specialist Hospital, London; Lead Paediatrician and Allergist, BMI Healthcare, The Park, Nottingham and The Priory, Birmingham

Food allergies in infants pose a serious diagnostic challenge. In this video, Dr Dinkar Bakshi (Consultant Paediatric Allergist, London) focuses on how you can
confidently make that diagnosis: the signs and symptoms of allergy, best practice in utilising diagnostic tests, red flags and reasons for referral.

You can download an FAQ document here, which contains some of the questions asked during the live Q&A sessions in the webinar series, along with detailed responses from Dr Dinkar Bakshi.

Rachel Wood

Specialist Paediatric Dietitian in Allergy and Gastroenterology, Manchester

This video features Rachel Wood (Specialist Paediatric Dietitian in Allergy and Gastroenterology, Manchester) discussing the dietary management of cow’s milk allergy management in newly-diagnosed infants – including breastfeeding support and advice, choosing the most appropriate formula, and supporting parents through this challenging time.

You can download an FAQ document here, which contains some of the questions asked during the live Q&A sessions in the webinar series, along with detailed responses from Rachel Wood.

Matt Cressey

MBA MSc BA (hons) Founder, Optimed Healthcare

Poorly managed food allergies represent not only a physical and psychological burden for patients and their families – but also a financial burden on the NHS. In this video, Matt Cressey (Founder, Optimed Healthcare) provides an overview of
health economics principles, before examining how good clinical management of cow’s milk allergy can positively impact the healthcare system as a whole.

You can download an FAQ document here, which contains some of the questions asked during the live Q&A sessions in the webinar series, along with detailed responses from Matt Cressey.

Case Studies

Explore how guidelines and evidence can be applied to everyday clinical care, with these interactive case studies depicting the types of patients you might expect to see in your practice.

CPD Modules

These e-learning modules give you the opportunity to update your knowledge of key topics in infant food allergy, at your own pace. The modules contain comprehensive detailed information on identifying, diagnosing and managing allergy, as well as multiple-choice questions for you to check your understanding.

As our young patients with cow’s milk allergy grow up and their needs and appetites change, how can we best continue supporting
them and their families? This module explores best practice in weaning, ensuring a nutritionally complete diet, and the milk reintroduction process.

What is active allergy management, and what does it mean in everyday practice? This module covers key information on practical steps for aiding tolerance acquisition and giving infants the best chance of growing out of their allergies.

Speakers and authors

Dr Dinkar Bakshi

Lead Consultant Allergist, Harley Street Specialist Hospital, London; Lead Paediatrician and Allergist, BMI Healthcare, The Park, Nottingham and The Priory, Birmingham

Dinkar Bakshi qualified in medicine in 1996 and completed his specialist training in Paediatrics in the London Deanery. He is one of the few formally trained paediatric allergists in the UK.

Dr Bakshi has worked in some of the best teaching hospitals in the UK, including the Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London, St Mary’s Hospital Paddington and The Royal London Hospital.

Dr Bakshi has previously held the post of Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Allergy at Imperial College London. He is an expert in interpreting skin prick tests for allergic disorders in children, and offers sublingual immunotherapy for severe hay fever, cat and house dust mite allergy.

Dr Bakshi has participated in many clinical trials, published extensively in peer-reviewed indexed journals, and presented in many national and international conferences. He is the editor of The Online Journal of Clinical Audits, www.clinicalaudits.com.

Dr Bakshi is frequently invited to deliver talks to GPs and other health professionals.

Angharad Banner

Paediatric Dietitian, South Wales

Angharad qualified as a dietitian in 2001 from King’s College London and started her career at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospitals. Her interest in paediatrics took her to Great Ormond Street Hospital and then to the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff to lead the paediatric dietetic team as well as maintaining a clinical role. In 2013 she left the NHS to start her freelance career. She runs clinics in her home town of Cowbridge as well as in Spire Cardiff. She is an active member of the British Dietetic Association Paediatric Specialist Group, a visiting lecturer at Cardiff Metropolitan University and consults for numerous nutrition companies giving talks, running cookery workshops and writing recipes. She has three young children, one with food allergies and a husband who is an Oncologist in Swansea.

Matt Cressey

MBA MSc BA (hons) Founder, Optimed Healthcare

Matt is an economist with over 25 years’ experience in healthcare and has worked in a variety of senior roles within the NHS, independent provider organisations and the pharmaceutical industry. He has a wealth of experience in redesigning and commissioning patient-centred healthcare services, and is well placed to offer advice on developing services that support the medicines optimisation needs of the NHS. Matt has a number of economic qualifications from the University of York and an interest in the transformation of primary care in the UK.

He is the founder of Optimed Healthcare, one of the largest independent medicines optimisation providers to the NHS, and has successfully supported the formation of one of the UK’s largest GP Federations.

Rachel Wood

Specialist Paediatric Dietitian in Allergy and Gastroenterology, Manchester

Rachel qualified from Leeds Metropolitan University in 2006. She worked in adult dietetics for almost 5 years, covering a variety of specialities, before taking a change in direction and moving into paediatric dietetics. She gained a wide range of experience in her first paediatric role at Sheffield Children’s Hospital, a tertiary paediatric centre, before choosing to focus on allergy and gastroenterology.

For almost 6 years, Rachel has led the allergy and gastroenterology service at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. As part of the North West allergy network, she has been involved in developing allergy services, pathways and resources in the area. She is heavily involved in training other health professionals on managing milk allergy and on the importance of nutrients such as vitamin D and iodine, and recently authored the chapter on nutrition for the ‘Learning to Care’ guide for nursing associates. She has lectured for the Royal College of GP’s, sits on the Faculty for the Royal College of Paediatric Child Health, and is the representative dietitian on the British Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (BSPGHAN) Intestinal Failure Nutrition working group.

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