A Guide to Living and Thriving with Allergies

Allergy Sense is set to sort the science from the noise

Allergies have never been more prevalent. In South Africa, one in three people suffer from seasonal allergies and at least 2,5% of children have a food allergy. Allergy is the most common chronic disease in Europe. Up to 20% of patients with allergies struggle daily with the fear of a possible asthma attack, anaphylactic shock, or even death from an allergic reaction. Researchers estimate that up to 15 million Americans have food allergies, including 5,9 million children under the age of 18. That’s one in every 13 children – or roughly two in every classroom. About 30 percent of children with food allergies are allergic to more than one food.

Many parents find themselves paralysed with confusion and fear when faced with a diagnosis of allergies for their child. Information abounds but it is frequently inaccurate and thus may create more confusion. Enter Allergy Sense, a practical guide for living as a family with an allergic child.

This much-needed new title comes from the respected authors of bestselling parenting guide Weaning Sense – Meg Faure, Dr Sarah Karabus and Kath Megaw – and once again combines the formidable knowledge, insights and experience of an occupational therapist, an allergy specialist and a paediatric dietician. Allergy Sense is published by Quivertree and is available in bookstores nationwide and via online outlets from 01 May 2019.

The book provides information and tips on how to live and thrive with allergies and is officially endorsed by the Allergy Foundation of South Africa (AFSA), carrying its Seal of Approval. Allergy Sense will allow readers to sort the science from the noise, by tackling a range of typical allergy issues and questions such as: what causes allergies and how to prevent them; is picky eating allergy-related or a sensory activity; how to protect your child from serious reactions; and so on…

According to Professor Michael Levin, Head of the Paediatric Allergology Division at Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Cape Town: “The focus of this book is not how to limit your life due to a food allergy, rather it will help you learn how to live your life to the full. An excellent guide, immensely beneficial for all those living with food allergies.”

In addition to demystifying allergies, the 264-page book includes meal plans and over 70 delicious and foolproof recipes that use simple and inspiring ingredient combinations. These require minimal equipment and boast quick preparation times. The recipes are an accumulation of years of patient consults, support groups and families sharing their best meal options. They have been tried and tested on the world’s toughest critics – kids – and all come up winners! Most of the recipes are adaptable and can be tailored to specific allergies.

Ultimately, parents have the same goal: to settle, nourish and protect their child. This book will help guide parents in meeting these needs with less anxiety and more confidence.

For more information on Allergy Sense please see www.quivertreepublications.com

Notes to Editors:


Dr Sarah Karabus is a paediatric allergologist with a post as consultant lecturer at Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital. She has been published in several medical journals and frequently speaks at national and international conferences.

Kath Megaw holds four medical qualifications, including a paediatric dietetic qualification from the prestigious Johns Hopkins University in the USA. A local and international speaker, Kath has co-authored the bestseller Weaning Sense and Allergy Sense is her fifth book.

Meg Faure is an occupational therapist specializing in fussy eating and infant care and is passionate about assisting parents to nurture their babies. Meg is the author of seven books, including the bestsellers Baby Sense and Weaning Sense. She writes for various media platforms, is an international speaker and the founder of Baby Sense and Play Sense.


Founded over a decade ago, Quivertree Publications is a custom publishing house which boasts more than 50 quality titles that reflect both the passions of their authors and Quivertree’s vision of excellence.

The company has produced a string of award-winning books like Reuben Cooks, Karoo Kitchen, The Great South African Cookbook and the phenomenal bestseller The Real Meal Revolution, which has sold 250 000 copies to date and is the best-selling digital book of all time in South Africa. Additionally, Quivertree is the publisher behind South Africa’s current number one cookbook The Lazy Makoti, which was released in October 2018 and is already in its fourth print run.

Quivertree has garnered many local and global accolades over the years, the latest being nominated in no less than 11 categories for six of its books in the 2018 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. Quivertree won six Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in 2016 and five Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in 2017.

Weaning Sense, Quivertree’s previous book with two of the authors of Allergy Sense – Meg Faure and Kath Megaw – was the national winner in the Family category at the 2017 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. In South Africa, the book has consistently ranked in the Top 10 listings for both health and diet books for the last twelve months.


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