Guidance for Infant Feeding: Solving the Mystery of Food Allergy Prevention

Sara Karlin, DDS & Ellen Karlin, MMSc, RDN, LDN, FADA, Guidance for Infant Feeding: Solving the Mystery of Food Allergy Prevention
Speaker: Sara Karlin, DDS & Ellen Karlin, MMSc, RDN, LDN, FADA
Category: Pediatric
CE Credits: 1.5
Format: MP4 Video
Food allergy is one of the most common chronic diseases of childhood and affects dental healthcare professionals due to oral health care challenges and barriers. This course provides practical advice...more
  • Running Time: 1 hour
  • Released: 2/23/2022
  • Expiration Date: 6/30/2025
  • Review Date: 6/30/2022
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This electronically delivered self-instructional program is designated for 1.5 hours of CE credit by Farran Media.
AGD Code: 430.

The fee to view this course is $36. This cost includes the fee to take the exam and claim your CE credits.

As the prevalence of food allergy continues to rise, currently 32 million Americans have food allergies, with many at risk for anaphylaxis. Dental health care professionals must understand the environmental factors that have changed our commensal microbiota, driving this increase in food allergy. There is new guidance for infant feeding recommendations, based on randomized controlled trials regarding the prevention of food allergy. The USDA 2020–2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans include key messages that are relevant to the way in which we should be counseling dental patients regarding infant feeding as a way to prevent food allergy. This change in guidance has created uncertainty, confusion and fear among patients with regards to how and when to introduce allergens into a baby’s diet. Pregnant women and families with young children need guidance to help them navigate through the oral health care challenges and barriers faced when introducing allergens early. This course will provide practical advice that you can share with your patients for food allergy prevention along with oral care, based on the newest consensus guidance from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology; the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology; and the Canadian Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Guidelines will be provided on how to easily and safely treat these challenging dental patients, while making a positive change in their overall health and well-being. Food allergy is one of the most common chronic diseases of childhood and affects dental healthcare professionals due to oral health care challenges and barriers.

Educational Objectives:
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:
  • Delineate the differences between food allergy and food intolerance in the dental patient
  • Discuss the leading hypotheses for the rapid rise in childhood food allergy
  • Identify oral health conditions commonly seen in pediatric dental patients with food allergy
  • Develop strategies and treatment options to help food allergy patients avoid accidental reactions in the dental office
  • Formulate how to address the nutritional and oral needs in the pediatric food allergy community
  • Discuss the current evidence-based food allergy prevention guidelines that can be integrated into individualized, comprehensive oral health care messages
Description of Speaker:
Ellen Karlin, MMSc, RDN, LDN, FADA, is a registered dietitian in private practice who has worked as a nutrition consultant to dentists in Maryland for more than 30 years. Ellen is a spokesperson for the American Dairy Association North East and a nationally recognized speaker. She was the co-author of “Dental and Oral Considerations in Pediatric Celiac Disease” published in the Journal of Dentistry for Children and has contributed to other resources; including “Trendy Diets and Oral Health” published in the American Dental Hygienists’ Association Access Magazine. Dr. Sara Karlin is a board-certified pediatric dentist working as dental director at Children’s Rehabilitative Services and in private practice in Phoenix. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland and completed her DDS at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry. Dr. Karlin pursued her specialty training at New York University and Bellevue Hospital Center, earning a certificate in pediatric dentistry.

In the past 12 months, the lecturers declare that they have had a financial interest, arrangement or affiliation within the field of dentistry or health care with the following: ADHA, Crest/OralB, Oldways, and many state dental hygiene associations.

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