Food Allergies and Children

Cynthia Clifton  |  1/7/2015 11:05:10 PM

Some common allergens among child(ren) are nuts. Nuts can sometimes cause life-threatening allergic reactions called anaphylaxis.

Six (6%) percent of all child(ren) are clinically diagnosed with food allergies. A food allergy of this sort is usually dangerous and is very critical in detecting early to treat and manage the health of the child(ren). If a family has a history of food allergies, it should be discussed with the child(ren) health care provider before introducing solid foods to the child(ren). Sometimes child(ren) develops food allergies even if there is no family history. When introducing different foods to a child(ren) it should be introduced one at a time to monitor the child(ren) appearance, behavior and reaction to the food. Common symptoms of food allergies include:

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

Foods that may be common allergies should be introduced to the child(ren) later in life such as age 3. Some of the most common allergen foods are:

Citrus fruits
Cow’s milk
Fish and shellfish

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 child(ren) and sometimes adults. Manufacturers are now required to include in English a list of foods that causes allergies.


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