5 signs your child is having an allergic reaction to food

Food allergies act faster

Food allergies cause symptoms to surface sooner than many other issues and are most often caused by a few specific foods.

If your child recently had milk, soy, eggs, wheat, tree nuts, peanuts, fish, or shellfish, your suspicion of a food allergy may be warranted because these foods account for approximately 90 percent of children’s food allergies. However, it is also important to note how long ago your child had these foods, because food allergies typically cause acute symptoms within two hours of the food being eaten, unlike food intolerances, which may cause symptoms as many as 12 hours later.

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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