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Skeptics add to food allergy burden for parents

A lone Cheerio started the trouble one day as Lorenda Layne and her toddler Sabrina, an energetic girl with severe food allergies, were enjoying a play date with another child. Sabrina found the milk-soaked bit of cereal in the crevice of a chair, stuffed it in her mouth, and promptly broke out in hives.

Layne and her friend, both self-described “allergy moms,” were upset about Sabrina’s red welts, but something else bothered them, too: a missed opportunity.

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