5 signs your child is having an allergic reaction to food

Deciphering the symptoms

Food allergy symptoms may appear similar to other illnesses, but there are some signs that can help you know the difference.

If your child has trouble breathing or diarrhea after eating, you may suspect a food allergy, but sometimes it is hard to tell if that is really the cause. You may find it difficult to accurately assess the situation after asking your child to describe his or her symptoms because your child may not know how to explain what he or she is feeling and may be too fussy to respond at all. Even if you can pin down what is bothering your child, food allergy symptoms are similar to those caused by asthma, environmental allergies, and food intolerances (think lactose intolerance). Luckily, there are a few telltale signs that it might be a food allergy.

Reviewed by Dr. Sara Connolly, April 2019

References

  1. Joneja JV. The Health Professionals Guide to Food Allergies and Intolerances.
  2. Sicherer S. Food Allergies: A Complete Guide for Eating When Your Life Depends on It.
  3. Food Allergy Research & Education.

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