Is It A Food Allergy?
Did you know the number of children diagnosed with a food allergy is on the rise? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, four out of every one hundred children in the United States has a food allergy. If you're concerned your child might have a food allergy, be on the lookout for one or more of these symptoms:
- Watch closely to see how your child reacts after trying a new food. If you notice any swelling, gagging, hives, coughing, wheezing, vomiting or stomach pain, it could signal an allergic reaction.
- Notice any itching or tingling in the mouth, throat or ears, particularly after eating fresh fruit? This could be due to an allergic reaction.
- Keep an eye out for recurrent rashes, particularly in the creases of elbows and knees, around the buttocks, and on the wrists or ankles.
As with any medical concern you may have, talk to your pediatrician if you are concerned your child may be reacting to the foods he or she eats. Children younger than the age five years old are particularly susceptible to food allergies, so it's important to be in the know!