An allergic reaction happens when the body’s immune system thinks something in a food (usually a protein) is harmful. Children are most likely to be allergic to peanuts and cow’s milk. But they can also be allergic to:

  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Shellfish
  • Tree Nuts
  • Wheat
  • Soy

Allergies to peanuts, tree nuts, fish, and shellfish are usually the most severe and last a lifetime. Your child may outgrow other food allergies.

Severe Food Allergy Symptoms

Your child is likely to have a reaction within a few minutes to an hour after eating a problem food. Symptom of a mild allergy include:

  • Hives
  • Rash
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach pain
Symptoms of a severe allergy can include those listed above, as well as: 
  • Swelling of the lips, tongue, or throat
  • Trouble swallowing or breathing because of throat swelling
  • Shortness of breath or wheezing
  • Drop in blood pressure, causing dizziness and lightheadedness
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Chest pain

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