Social Media For Clinicians Who Care For Infants and Myths and Facts About Allergy

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This education is about:

  • Differentiating an influencer from an expert
  • Recognizing examples of cognitive biases
  • Utilizing strategies to discuss information patients and caregivers find on social media
  • Employing strategies to ensure credible information is shared on social media
  • Understanding the difference between food allergy and intolerance
  • Recognizing the changing rates of allergic conditions
  • Understanding factors that contribute to the development of food allergy

Why it matters:

Widespread social media use has changed not only the way that patients seek information but generated abundant misinformation around medical, nutritional, and clinical practices. Leading medical societies are advocating that clinicians engage to combat misinformation, share valuable research updates, and advocate on behalf of patients. With effective engagement on social media platforms, clinicians can instill confidence to leverage their expertise when communicating with parents and caregivers.

Additionally, patients may have many questions about food intolerances and increasing rates of allergies.  Understanding the types of reactions to foods, trends in the prevalence of allergic conditions and identifying risk factors are essential to prevent the spread of misinformation as healthcare providers engage with patients.

Target Audience:

Developed to support health care providers involved in childhood health including pediatricians, nurses, dietitians, and pediatric subspecialists.

Course Credit:

0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM
0.75 ANCC Contact hour(s)
0.75 CA-BRN Contact hour(s)
0.75 CDR Contact hour(s)


Opens: 2024-06-15
Closes: 2026-06-15

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Mead Johnson Nutrition.
  • David R. Stukus, MD

    Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
    The Ohio State University College of Medicine
    Director, Food Allergy Treatment Center
    Nationwide Children’s Hospital
    Columbus, Ohio

  • Mimi Lai-Kuan Tang, MBBS, PhD

    Professor, Head of Allergy Immunology Research Group
    Director, Allergy Translation Center
    Murdoch Children’s Research Institute
    Victoria, Australia

Learning Objectives

  • Apply the latest recommendations for food allergy identification and management to create effective treatment strategies for patients with food allergies
  • Utilize knowledge on allergen exposure guidelines when counseling parents and caregivers to provide clear direction on managing allergen exposure during the complementary feeding period