Food Allergies: What Parents Should Know

Source: Parenting Magazine Online

By Nora Heston Tarte

According to Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE), 1 in every 13 children is affected by food allergies. Eight foods make up 90 percent of all reactions – milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat, fish and shellfish. Reactions can range from an itchy mouth to anaphylaxis, which is potentially deadly. Studies show that food allergies are on the rise – which is worrying for many parents – and there is a lot to learn about the condition. Arm yourself with knowledge of how to detect a potential food allergy as well as how to treat one. Knowing how to handle the situation, and understanding the reality of food allergies, can help parents feel better equipped in case of a reaction.

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