Food Allergies and Children

One common food allergen among children is nuts. Nuts can sometimes cause life-threatening allergic reactions called anaphylaxis.

About six (6%) percent of all children are clinically diagnosed with food allergies. A food allergy of this sort is usually dangerous and early detection is very critical to treatment and management. Any family history of food allergies should be discussed with your health care provider before introducing solid foods to your baby. Sometimes children develop food allergies even if there is no family history. When introducing different foods to children, they should be introduced one at a time to monitor the children's appearance, behavior and reaction to the food. Common symptoms of food allergies include:

  • Rashes or eczema on the face
  • Diaper rash
  • Hives
  • Runny nose, watery eyes or sneezing
  • Diarrhea, gas or vomiting
  • Irritability
  • Behavioral changes

It is believed that one way to prevent food allergies is not to introduce commonly-known allergenic foods until later in your baby’s life, at 1, 2 or even 3 years old. Some of the most common food allergens are:

  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Peanuts
  • Soy
  • Wheat
  • Chocolate
  • Citrus fruits
  • Cow’s milk
  • Fish and shellfish
  • Tomatoes
  • Yeast

Because there is no cure for food allergies, the most sufficient resolution is to eliminate the food from the diet. Foods such as eggs, milk, fish, tree nuts, wheat, peanuts and soybeans account for approximately 90% of food allergies in children and sometimes adults. Manufacturers are now required to include in English a list of foods that causes allergies.


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