As part of our how to spot series, we’re focusing on helping every mother be able to identify common diseases that affect children. In order to be able to spot if your child has a food allergy, here’s everything you need to know about food allergies symptoms and how to handle them:
Symptoms of food allergies:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Itching around mouth and ears
- Red rashes over the body
- Stomach pain
- Swelling of the lips, tongue, and face
- Difficulty breathing
When to head to an emergency room:
When it comes to food allergies, it can be easily developed overnight and turn into a serious food allergy that needs immediate attention. If your child faces any of the following symptoms, it is important to rush them to a hospital immediately:
- Chest pain
- Fainting, unconsciousness
- Shortness of breath, wheezing
- Swelling of the lips, tongue, throat
- Trouble swallowing
- Turning blue
- Weak pulse
Common foods that could result in food allergies:
Treatment of food allergies:
Mild allergic reactions:
If the symptoms are not severe, then you can easily get over-the-counter medications such as antihistamines to help reduce the symptoms especially if you have an itching rash or hives.
Severe allergic reactions:
To help cure a severe allergic reaction, you will need to be injected with epinephrine and head to the emergency room immediately.
Once you figure out that your child has a severe allergic reaction, the following things need to be done:
- Always carry an epinephrine autoinjector with you in case of emergencies as it could help save your child’s life.
- Always be alert to nearby emergency rooms.
How to prevent food allergies and reactions:
- Read food labels carefully.
- Take precautions by sending out information about your child’s allergies at schools, birthday parties, etc.
- Breastfeeding your child may help reduce food allergies.
- Avoiding solid foods until your baby is 6 months old might help reduce food allergies.