Hooty's Healthy Tips: Food Allergies

It is estimated that 1 in every 13 children in the U.S. have food allergies. A child could be allergic to any food, but these common allergens account for 90% of all reactions in kids: milk, eggs, peanuts, soy, wheat, tree nuts (like walnuts and cashews), fish and shellfish (like shrimp). Allergic reactions to such foods can vary from itchy skin to abdominal pain to anaphylaxis, a potentially life-threatening reaction which causes swelling of the airways. If you suspect that your child might have a food allergy, be sure to contact your child’s doctor for diagnosis and to develop a written food allergy emergency action plan to give to the school and any other caregivers.