Food Allergies: Common Childhood Allergies
Guest: Dr. Maria Streck – Carolina Family Care, MUSC
Host: Food Allergies are very common among children in the U.S. Dr. Maria Streck provides important information about some of the most prevalent food allergies and associated symptoms.
Dr. Maria Streck: The most common allergies in children are milk, soy, eggs, wheat, fish, and peanuts. The most common symptom of food allergies is a rash, but can also be shortness of breath, abdominal pain, cramping, vomiting, or diarrhea.
Host: What is the best plan of action if you think your child might have a food allergy?
Dr. Maria Streck: You should speak with your physician, who will refer you to an allergist.
Host: Sometimes these symptoms can become life threatening.
Dr. Maria Streck: Life threatening symptoms can start as a rash and progress to swelling, wheezing, shortness of breath, abdominal cramping, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. If your child is having these reactions, you need to call 911 immediately.
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