Feeding your kids is a full-time job. They eat morning, noon and night and usually a few times in between. Most of the time, you try to find the quickest and healthiest food that will hold them over until the next meal. But if your child has a food allergy, meal and snack time can be more challenging compared to a grab-and-go approach. We asked Dr. Robbie Pesek from our Allergy and Immunology program to share some information about food allergies, the best way to treat them and how to plan ahead for school and camps.
What is a food allergy?
What are the most common types of food that trigger allergies in kids?
How common are food allergies and at what age do children start showing symptoms?
What symptoms should parents/caregivers be aware of if their child is having an allergic reaction to food?
What is the main difference between food allergies vs. food sensitivity or intolerance?
How are food allergies treated (in most cases)?
What should parents/caregivers do if they think their child has a food allergy?
If a child has food allergies, how can parents/caregivers plan ahead and prepare their children for school, day camps, etc.?