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What can you do about a baby's allergic reaction to food?

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For mild symptoms, such as hives or a rash, call your pediatrician. For a severe reaction, one that affects breathing, call 911.

Once your baby’s specific allergies are identified, your doctor will help you figure out how to manage them (usually, eliminating the food from your baby’s diet) and dealing with accidental exposures.

Even if an initial reaction is mild, it may get worse with more exposure. Talk to your pediatrician about any food allergy symptoms in your baby.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Starting Solid Foods."

Rachel Lewis, MD, assistant professor of clinical pediatrics, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York.

American Medical Association: "Allergic reaction: Food allergies increasing, especially among children."

Medline Plus Medical Encyclopedia: "Food Allergy."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on March 23, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Starting Solid Foods."

Rachel Lewis, MD, assistant professor of clinical pediatrics, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York.

American Medical Association: "Allergic reaction: Food allergies increasing, especially among children."

Medline Plus Medical Encyclopedia: "Food Allergy."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on March 23, 2019

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