Food Allergies - Treatment Overview
Children and food allergies
important to take special care with children who have food allergies. A child
with severe food allergies may have a life-threatening
anaphylactic reaction to even a tiny amount of a food
allergen. Your child should always wear a medical
alert bracelet. Talk to your doctor about an Anaphylaxis Action Plan.
Make sure that all caregivers (school
administrators, teachers, friends, coaches, and babysitters):
- Know about your child's food
- Can recognize the symptoms of a food
- Know where the epinephrine shot is kept and how to use it.
- Know to call
Children may have only mild symptoms in the first few
minutes after they eat the food allergen, but they may have severe symptoms in
10 to 60 minutes. Children always should be observed in a hospital for several
hours after a reaction.
Make sure that your child:
- Always wears a
medical alert bracelet .
- Always carries epinephrine. Children at risk of severe allergic reactions should keep their epinephrine at school or day care and at home. Older, mature children should be taught to give themselves the shot.
Although your child needs to avoid certain foods, he or she still needs to eat healthy foods. A dietitian can tell you which foods are important for your child's health.