Food Allergies in Kids: What to Know

Blackboard showing foods that can cause food allergies.

According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, 8 percent of children under age 18 have food allergies. Those with asthma or other allergies are twice as likely to have a food allergy. Peanuts cause more serious allergic reactions than any other food. Milk and eggs are not far behind. Other allergens include wheat, soy, corn, tree nuts, seafood and sesame seeds.

Symptoms of an allergic reaction, also referred to as an anaphylactic reaction, can include difficulty breathing, hives, an itchy throat, vomiting and shock. If the condition is severe, epinephrine (adrenaline) may need to be administered to restore breathing.

“Most of the other symptoms resolve in four to six hours,” Mills-Peninsula pediatrician Amita Jain, M.D., says. “In rare instances, an anaphylactic reaction can be fatal.” Read More

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