Children and Food Allergies

The number of children with food allergies is on the rise. Most schools and daycares have banned peanut and milk products in these settings. It is important once your child has been diagnosed with a food allergy to keep medication on hand and be sure to read the labels for possible allergens. Also educate your child’s caregivers and friends to your child’s allergy so that they are aware of the risks. Remember too that even if your child does not have any allergies, your child’s friends, relatives and peers might so be cautious and always check with a child’s parent first if you are unsure. Some children will outgrow any food allergies as they age, but for some a food allergy can be potentially fatal. Having your child tested for allergies is usually recommended by a pediatrician if there is a history of food allergies in the family or if a child has been diagnosed to having an allergic reaction to a certain food or ingredient and want to be sure as the child ages that the child still has this allergy. Talk with your child’s pediatrician if you are not sure if your child has any allergies or shows sign of an allergic reaction. If your child is adopted and the family history of food allergies is unknown, it is usually recommended to not start solids until the child is at least six months old and/or to maybe have your child tested for any allergies when the doctor feels it might be necessary.

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