5 Common Food Allergies in Children

common food allergies Some reactions children may experience with food allergies are hives, rash, itchiness and difficulty swallowing and breathing. While some reactions are relatively mild, they can become life-threatening in an instant. Medical ID bracelets will alert medics and caregivers as to a child’s allergies and allow for faster treatment. Medical alert bracelets for kids can help identify your child’s food allergies for others in an emergency situation.

Common food allergies include:

Peanut Allergies: Peanuts can be found in candies, cakes and many processed food items. Symptoms may be hives, itching, breathing difficulty and nausea.

Wheat Allergies:
Wheat can be found in breads, cereals, pastas and snack foods. Hives, nausea, vomiting and difficulty breathing are common signs of a wheat allergy.

Soy Allergies: Soy is found in legumes, sauces and foods that contain soybean oil. Symptoms may include hay fever, acne, breathing difficulty and itching.

Egg Allergies: Egg can be found in breads, pastas, sauces, cakes and candies. Symptoms of an egg allergy may include hives, itchiness, abdominal pain,  and coughing.

Milk Allergies:
Milk is found in yogurt, sauces, ice cream, candies and cheeses. Symptoms of a milk allergy may be diarrhea, constipation, hives, vomiting and wheezing.

Some people with food allergies can have a serious reaction called anaphylaxis. Signs of this kind of reaction include:

  • Hoarseness, throat tightness or a lump in the throat
  • Wheezing, chest tightness or trouble breathing
  • Tingling in the hands or feet, lips or scalp

If any of the above items are ingested by an allergic child, reactions may begin immediately. Breathing, speaking and swallowing become nearly impossible. Calling 9-1-1 may be required in order to obtain life-saving help. Once paramedics arrive, they have a better chance of saving a child if they know what is causing the reaction.

Medical ID bracelets become essential when a child is away from home at daycare, school or at a sleepover, intensifying the need for someone other than the parent to notify paramedics during a situation mandating a medical alert.

Some people with food allergies can have a serious reaction called anaphylaxis. Signs of this kind of reaction include:

  • Hoarseness, throat tightness or a lump in the throat
  • Wheezing, chest tightness or trouble breathing
  • Tingling in the hands or feet, lips or scalp

About Amanda Beck

Amanda Beck writes for American Medical ID on a variety of topics relating to health care and healthy living, especially for those whose medical conditions warrant an emergency ID.