Wellness - Allergies | 3-12 yrs

Food Allergies In Children

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Picture this: You are happily having lunch or dinner or snacks with your family. Suddenly, your little one starts sneezing or gets rash like symptoms or even loses consciousness. Instead or panicking, as most parents would, it would be better to consult a doctor immediately and check if your child is allergic to certain foods.

Most food allergies in children occur as a result of the body’s reaction against harmless proteins found in foods. Parents should remember that it is vital to talk and educate children about food allergies as kids are more susceptible to give in to temptations. Food allergies are mostly caused by cow’s milk, eggs, peanuts, soy, wheat, certain fish, etc.

Mayo Clinic has outlined common allergy signs and symptoms like tingling and itching in the mouth, hives, eczema, swelling of the face and lips, wheezing and nasal congestion, abdominal pain and vomiting, dizziness and fainting.

Sometimes, the reaction in children to food allergies may be severe or life-threatening as a result of several areas of the body being affected. When this happens, it is known as anaphylaxis and requires immediate medical attention.

The American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (acai.org) advises early identification of food allergies in children to improve their quality of life and to ensure their education is not hampered.

Many celebrities including Serena Williams, Miley Cyrus, Halle Berry and Steve Martin have food allergies.

To know more about food allergies, the various causes and symptoms, and remedial measures, click through the pages of this ClipBook.

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All About Food Allergies

If you have a food allergy, even a tiny bit of that food can make you sick. It's better to say "no, thanks". Read on to know about food allergies.

Common Food Allergies

Many types of foods can be allergens, but certain foods are much more likely than others to trigger an allergic reaction. Here, you can find some common types of food allergies.

Identifying Food Allergies In Children

Food allergies happen when our immune system reacts to a protein in food that is normally harmless. Food allergies are more common in people who come from families with a history of allergies.

Causes Of Food Allergies

A food allergy is triggered due to the body's adverse response on consuming certain foods. The protein in food is considered to be the most allergic component.

Symptoms Of Food Allergies

Food allergy symptoms usually develop within a few minutes to two hours after eating the offending food. The most common food allergy signs and symptoms are included in the article.

Managing Food Allergies In Children

Our bodies generate specific antibodies in response to the "foreign substances" (known as antigens). When the body comes into contact with these substances again, an allergic reaction such as itching, swelling, etc. is caused.

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