Signs of Food Allergies
Food allergies are common among both children and adults. Most allergic reactions to food are mild but some reactions can be severe and life threatening. Here are some guidelines to help you decide whether your child has a food allergy.
One food, 4 days
When you begin giving solid foods, you need to make sure that the food will not cause a reaction. Sometimes it can take a few days for a reaction to show up. So, it is important to introduce one food at a time and wait four days before introducing another.
Some common symptoms of a food allergy are:
• Nausea, and/or diarrhea
• Nasal congestion
Some more severe reactions can be:
• Constriction of airways
• Swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
• Loss of consciousness
Common food allergies
Almost 90% of all food allergies are caused by seven foods:
• Tree nuts
• Dairy products
• Egg whites
When introducing new foods, there are some foods that you should give in moderation or avoid completely until 1 year. These include but not limited to:
• Most berries (blueberries are ok)
• Peanut butter
• Whole eggs
Before you introduce solid foods to your child or if you have any concerns, talk to your pediatrician.
Jane Gingrich has worked as a clinical researcher for many years. She provides wonderful information for parents to consider with their children.