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Kids and Food Allergies: How to Spot Them
Food allergies are common among kids, and can develop suddenly. Any food can cause an allergy, but those most apt to trigger an allergic reaction are cow’s milk, eggs, peanuts, soy, wheat, nuts from trees, fish and shellfish.
Allergic reactions can affect the skin, breathing, stomach and circulation. They can be dramatic or subtle. Skin problems include hives, rashes and swelling. Breathing problems include sneezing, wheezing and throat tightness. Stomach problems include nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. And circulation problems include pale skin, light-headedness and loss of consciousness. If several areas of the body are affected, the allergic reaction may be severe and even life-threatening, requiring immediate medical attention.
Kids having an allergic reaction may complain about their lips, mouth, tongue or throat — which may feel itchy, tight or “funny.” Young children who don’t yet speak may put their hands in their mouth and pull or scratch their tongue. Talk with your doctor if you suspect your child has food allergies.
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