Children's Food Allergies

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Each year, life-threatening reactions to a food allergen result in an estimated 30,000 emergency room visits. In todays 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill discusses some strategies for handling childrens food allergies.

Dr. Hill:

Food allergies can become present as early as infancy and the condition is most often diagnosed in childhood. Food allergies affect an estimated 4 to 6 percent of children in the United States.

Handling your childs food allergies starts with having an awareness of the symptoms. Hives may be the first sign of an allergic reaction, followed by more severe reactions including coughing, upper airway swelling, wheezing, blue skin and/or vomiting.

If you suspect your child has a food allergy, get professional advice as soon as possible so both you and your child can learn what to do. Consult a physician or dietitian on how to talk to daycare instructors about your childs allergy, or review the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for managing food allergies in schools and early care centers.

Teach your child how to read food labels and understand allergen ingredient labeling for processed foods. And consult a mental health professional if your child becomes anxious about his or her food allergy.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.