Food Allergies 101: Everything You Need to Know to Keep Your Kid Safe

Having a child with a food allergy doesn't need to be overwhelming. Here's what you need to know to keep your child safe -- and happy (21 Photos)

Patty Onderko on Sep 11, 2012 at 12:47PM

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Food Allergies 101: Everything You Need to Know to Keep Your Kid Safe

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20 Ways to Manage Your Child's Food Allergy

According to recent research, a whopping 8 percent of children in the U.S. have a food allergy. What are they allergic to? Eight foods account for 90 percent of all food-allergic reactions: Peanuts, milk, shellfish, tree nuts, fish, egg, wheat and soy. The highest rated allergic food is peanuts, followed by milk and shellfish. Your biggest priority once your child has been diagnosed with one or more food allergies? Keeping her safe, of course. Your second priority? Keeping life as normal as possible. We've got 20 tips that do both.

Go Cold Turkey
There is currently no "cure" for food allergies, so the only way to prevent an allergic reaction once your child has been diagnosed is to completely avoid her trigger food(s). Even trace amounts can set off a reaction in highly allergic kids. That means that if a safe food comes in contact with an unsafe one (on a serving plate, say), scraping off the parts that touched is not enough. Replace the food with an "untouched" piece.

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