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.