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Food Allergies Center

Food Allergies

Food allergies can be serious, so it's very important to quickly identify and treat reactions.

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  • Reading Food Labels

    Carefully reading food labels is one of the most important things parents can do to help prevent reactions.

    Learn what to look for

  • Handling Reactions

    Acting fast helps your child during a serious allergic reaction.

    Your action checklist

    First aid

    Recognize a serious reaction

  • Planning for School

    Kids with food allergies can stay safe at school with some organization, preparation, and education.

    Your school plan

    Information for your child's teachers

Talk to Your Child

Engaging kids in their care builds a foundation for good habits later. Even little kids can start taking charge of their health, like saying, "No thank you, I have food allergies." if someone offers them a snack.

Kids

Help your child understand what happens in the body with a food allergy. Ask questions like, "What are three signs of an allergic reaction?" Keep the discussion going to help your child learn and stay curious about health.

Learn about food allergies

Teens

Whether your teen has lived with a food allergy for a while or is about to babysit a child who has them, everyone benefits from knowing what to do. Share these tips.

Managing food allergies

Travel

Helping a friend

Food Allergy FAQs

Oral allergy syndrome usually causes mild reactions only in the mouth and throat. For a few kids, it can be serious.

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Allergies don't cause asthma. But when kids already have asthma, having allergies can sometimes make their asthma symptoms worse.

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Doctors often use a combination of skin testing and blood testing to diagnose a food allergy.

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