Food allergy awareness week highlights risks for children

A specialist with the Colorado Allergy and Asthma Centers tells us if you notice children vomiting, breaking out in hives, or having extreme swelling after eating a certain type of food... you should get them tested for food allergies.

This week is food allergy awareness week.

It's a time to highlight just how serious food allergies can be.

Dr. Mark Ebadi, an Allergist at Colorado Allergy and Asthma Centers, tells us if you notice children vomiting, breaking out in hives, or having extreme swelling after eating a certain type of food, you should get them tested for food allergies.

The most common types of food allergies in children are milk, egg, wheat, soy, peanut, tree nut, fish, and shellfish.

Allergists will often do skin tests to determine if a child has one of those allergies.
     
Doctors say it's important for parents to teach their children and other caregivers about those allergies.

"Obviously, if your kid is of reading age, teach them how to read labels. Teach them to ask adults about foods" Ebadi said. "Younger kids can't really do that so you have to educate the people who are taking care of them about what it means, what their food allergy actually is, and what they need to avoid."

Parents who have kids with allergies are also urged to keep an EpiPen on hand at all times.

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