Food allergies among children are on the rise. The number of children diagnosed with food allergies has increased by 18 percent in the last decade, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
• The 8 foods that account for most food-induced allergic reactions include milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, fish, shellfish and wheat.
• Warning signs of an allergic reaction include hives, vomiting, diarrhea, cough/difficulty breathing and swelling occurring within minutes to no more than two hours after ingestion, and occur with repeat ingestion.
• Avoid allergic reactions by carefully reading food labels for ingredients; when dining out, ask about ingredients and how food is prepared; and avoid passing allergens to food by washing hands.
• Can food allergies be prevented? Research shows that early introduction of allergens like peanuts may prevent peanut allergy.
"A good time to talk to your pediatrician about food introduction would be at your child's 4- and 6-month well checkups," Humble added.
If you’d like to talk to a pediatrician or family medicine physician about food allergies and children, call
- Manhattan – 785-565-2900
- Pittsburg – 620-235-7612
- Wichita area: Via Christi Clinic - visit viachristi.org/doctors or for more information, call 316-274-7222