Food Allergies | When to Worry | Parents

By Adem Lewis / in , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , /

Did you know that 90 percent of food allergies
are caused by milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, wheat, or soy? With food
allergies on the rise, it’s important to be in the know. Symptoms usually occur within
a few minutes to an hour after eating a specific food, but sometimes it can take days. If your
baby is breastfeeding, he may have a reaction to food that you’ve eaten. Here are the three
types of symptoms to watch for. One sign is a skin rash. Hives, those itchy bumps that
look like blotchy mosquito bites that are classic allergic reaction. Eczema and itchy
skin rash is another common symptom and it’s often the first sign of an allergy. Stomach
problems can also be a symptom. If your baby consistently vomits or has diarrhea after
eating a particular food, he may have a food allergy or have a food intolerance, which
is less serious. Blood streak stool is often a sign of a cow’s milk allergy. Also watch
for circulation and breathing issues. Pale skin, sneezing, and wheezing are all signs
of allergen. And if your baby ever has difficulty breathing, call 911 immediately. He may be
experiencing anaphylaxis, the most serious allergic response. Fortunately, your child
may not have an allergy forever. More than 80 % of allergies to eggs, milk, wheat, and
soy go away by age 5.

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