Nearly six million children suffer from food allergies

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) Nearly six million children under the age of 18 suffer from food allergies.

Experts suggest kids get an allergy check-up before heading back to school this fall

That means just a bite of a classmate's peanut butter sandwich could lead to a trip the emergency room.

To keep that from happening, experts say families need to be aware of all of the treatment options available now.

Tonya Winders is the president of the Allergy & Asthma Network. "As the mother of five, I've been there, where you're going, all the notepads and pencils and pens. It's important to remember that if your child is living with life threatening allergies, to also see your physician and talk about the various options that they may have for the epinephrine auto injectors."

Winders says there are several epinephrine auto injectors on the market that give families a lot more options.

Dr. Eric Edwards is the co- inventor of the AUVI- Q, and a lifelong an allergy sufferer himself.

"I grew up with life- threatening food allergies," he says. "And my identical twin brother and I, because we saw the need for options decided to develop AUVI-Q, and that's the first and only epinephrine auto injector that has voice instructions. It's a compact
epinephrine auto injector with the length and width of a credit card and about the thickness of a small cell phone."

Both Dr. Edwards and Winders recommend that parents take their children to see their physician before the school year starts.