POCA of DuPage

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Welcome to our web site!

POCA (Parents of Children with Allergies) of DuPage was founded to provide information, resources and support to those having food allergies.

POCA of DuPage was founded November 2002 by two mothers who were struggling with the day-to-day challenges of raising children with severe food allergies in conjunction with their Allergist.  They thought it would be helpful to have a group of people meet and share their experiences, wisdom and suggestions with one another. The group continually grows as others learn that support is available and welcomes the opportunity to provide support for those dealing with food allergies.
Though some members are adults with life-threatening allergies, most of our members are parents of various aged children diagnosed with severe food allergies. We also have members with professional interest in receiving or sharing information on dealing with anaphylactic food allergies and/or others who wish to advocate on behalf of people with these allergies.

The most important thing you will receive from this group is the assurance that you are not alone! 

There are many of us out here and we are willing to share our hard-earned lessons, suggestions, tips and helpful hints for managing day-to-day activities complicated by food allergies.

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Illinois has also passed an Emergency Epinephrine Act which allows any school to voluntarily keep an emergency supply of epinephrine auto-injectors on hand. These school supplied auto-injectors may be used by school staff for any child who has a written plan in place and by school nurses when they assess that a student is having a life-threatening allergic reaction.


“ONE IN 13 U.S. CHILDREN SUFFER FROM FOOD ALLERGIES.”  That is the amazing statistic and published conclusion reached by Ruchi S. Gupta, MD, MPH, Pediatrician at Lurie Children’s Hospital and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. Dr. Gupta has studied the prevalence of food allergy in our country and its impact on quality of life, as well as the knowledge, attitudes and beliefs of families, physicians, and the general public regarding food allergy





Steps for allergic reaction to a mislabeled food items