Food Allergies – Be thankful, Be aware

As the farmers markets and super markets are loaded with delicious harvest vegetables and hearty foods and the holiday of delicious is almost upon us I’d like to review the common signs and symptoms of food allergies and the common culprits of allergies.

A food allergy is when the body reacts to some component, often a protein, in the food. This reaction can vary from mild to severe and usually happen shortly after the food is eaten.

Signs and symptoms of an allergy include

  • Skin redness, swelling and itching, hives
  • Sneezing, wheezing, difficulty breathing
  • Nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea
  • Pale skin, feeling lightheaded, fainting

Any food can cause an allergy but often food allergies are caused by

  • Wheat
  • Cow’s milk
  • Eggs
  • Peanuts/tree nuts
  • Soy
  • Shellfish

Peanuts and shellfish most often cause severe reactions. The good news  – it’s estimated that up to 90% of egg, wheat and soy allergies will subside by the time your child is 5 years old. Follow up closely with your pediatrician. Always introduce new foods one at a time for a few days to ensure if baby does have a reaction you can acknowledge and eliminate the allergy as soon as possible.

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