Welcome back for the 6th installment of the healthy eater series. this post will be discussing food allergies.
What is a food allergy?
A reaction that happens when the body’s immune system mistakes a food for something harmful.
Which foods cause food allergies?
Any food can cause a reaction but the 8 most common ones are:
What are the common symptoms of a food allergic reaction?
- Tingling sensation in the mouth
- swelling of the tongue and the throat
- difficulty breathing
- abdominal cramps
Symptoms will typically appear within minutes of eating the food, and rarely more than two hours later. Most symptoms are just uncomfortable, but some people can have severe-life threatening reactions.
How can I know if my child has a food allergy?
When it’s time for your child to have solid foods, offer one new food at a time to see how he or she reacts. Wait three to five days before offering another new food.
IF you think your child may have a food allergy, it is extremely important for you to work with your pediatrician to find out which food(s) causes the allergic reaction.