How to Spot Food Allergies in Kids

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Hi, I'm Dr. Altman. Food allergies affect roughly 1/25 school age children, but do you know how to spot the signs for potential food allergy in your child? Reactions can vary and include itchy rash, cold hives, facial swellings, breathing problems and even death. An allergic reaction can occur within minutes or up to hours after exposure, any food can cause a food allergy, but most food allergies are caused by milk, egg, peanut, tree nuts, soy, wheat, fish and shell fish.

[xx] allergies are the most common causes severe reaction, there's currently no cure for a food allergy and strict avoidance is the only way to prevent a reaction. If your child has experienced any symptoms of food allergy, talk to your pediatrician. She may refer you to an allergist, to help identify what your child is allergic to.

It's also important to make sure you, your school and anyone who cares if your child knows about her food allergies and has a plan of action. A food allergy plan of action includes, any medications such as an epinephrine head and anti-histamines, that your child may need and a list of what medication to give for each symptom.

Remember to make sure all of your medications are up-to-date and periodically check in with your doctor. She can perform tests to track your child's food allergies and watch to see if they're going away. About 20% of peanut allergic kids will out grow their allergy. In the mean time, with a little preparation and planning, you can keep your food allergic child safe.

I'm Dr. Rollman, check out all all our smart tips for more way to keep your family safe.