Does Your Child Have a Food Allergy?
Researchers estimate in the United States nearly one in every 13 children have a food allergy. Over the last few years the ability to diagnosis food allergies and certain digestive disorders has drastically improved, but there is still a large disparity in quickly recognizing the signs and symptoms. This is particularly true among parents and caregivers.
The challenge in identifying a food allergy is that the symptoms are often synonymous with other digestive issues. In the instance of cow milk allergy many parents assume their child has colic or acid reflux. If a parent suspects their child has a food allergy it is important to understand the symptoms to communicate them to either the child’s pediatrician or a GI.
Here are some of the most common signs and symptoms of a food allergy:
- Tingling or itching in the mouth;
- Hives, itching or eczema;
- Abdominal pain and/or diarrhea;
- Nasal congestion; and
- Swelling of the lips, face, tongue and throat.
While each specific allergy will have varying symptoms, the ones previously listed are the most common among food allergies prevalently seen in children.
If your child is exhibiting one or more of these symptoms it is pivotal to keep a log of all the foods they have eaten. Then set up an appointment with your child’s pediatrician or doctor.
To learn more about food allergies please visit, Food Allergy Research Education (FARE).
In our next post we will explore what steps to take after receiving a food allergy diagnosis.