Will my children outgrow their seafood allergy?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Children outgrow most food allergies, but seafood allergies are a little different. In fact, seafood allergies are one of the few that are actually more common in adults. It's possible for your child to outgrow their allergy, but they may not.

You will not be able to protect your child from the development of a seafood allergy, but it is possible to protect them from additional allergic reactions. To do so, keep your child from eating or being exposed to seafood. It is also important that you avoid cross-contamination, especially in restaurants. Make sure you inform your server of your child's allergy to ensure that they do not prepare the food in any containers that have been exposed to seafood.

It is important that your child's school stay informed of any conditions that might require their care, including a seafood allergy. If a seafood reaction happens, your child's school will know what is happening and how they should treat it. If your child has a severe allergy that requires an epinephrine injection, make sure one is available at the school and that staff know how to use it.

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