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Are they picky or is it food allergies? 🍕🍦🍳 🍞

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As your little one gets older you start to introduce them to different foods. With most kids, there’s a constant battle when it comes to eating fruits and veggies. You even reach out to other parents for healthy eating tips but as time goes on, you begin to suspect that something your child is eating is indeed causing them quite a bit of discomfort.

You change their diet, keep track of their eating habits and observe their reactions. However, you still can’t quite pinpoint the cause of their mystery rash. So they take a blood test that reveals they indeed have a food allergy. Now what do you do?

Our panel is right there with you. This week, they talk food allergies and unusual food preferences in this edition of What’s Going Around… #MOMDAYS.

For as many as 6 million US children with food allergies, living with the condition becomes an everyday form of life. Activities such as lunch time, birthday parties and even eating out can be a challenge. Epinephrine pens and antihistamines become your go-to tools when navigating food allergies. However, for parents of children who are severely allergic, it can be hard to balance their childhood and their health.

For school-age children with allergies, parents should inform the school nurse and administration of the child’s condition and discuss their access to allergy medication in case of an emergency. If your child does attend an activity where outside food is served, pack them their own meal or treat instead, to avoid cross-contamination.

Degrees of Food Allergies
Common food allergy triggers are peanuts, eggs, milk and milk products. When ingested, children diagnosed with food allergies can exhibit the following symptoms:

A lot of sneezing or coughing
Rash, hives, or eczema
Stomachache, cramps or nausea

For those with severe food allergies, just being around or breathing in their allergy triggers, can cause a reaction. Fortunately, children can outgrow their allergies, so it’s important to retest your little one as they get older.