As in adults, it is very important
that your child stays away from foods that cause allergies. If you are breastfeeding
your child, talk with your child's healthcare provider. Find out if you need to stay
away from the foods as well.
You may need to give vitamins to
your child if he or she can't eat certain foods. This can help prevent any nutritional
deficiencies. Discuss this with your child's healthcare provider.
If your child is at risk of a
severe allergic reaction, talk with your child's provider. Ask about getting epinephrine
autoinjectors for use in case of a reaction. Two epinephrine autoinjectors should be
with your child at all times. If your child is in school, meet with the principal and
teachers. Tell them about your child's food allergies. And help them create an emergency
plan in case your child has an allergic response to a food allergen. Make sure that
appropriate school staff have immediate access to 2 epinephrine autoinjectors.
Talk with your child's healthcare
provider about seeing an allergist for allergy testing. Many children's allergies change
over time. As some children grow older they are able to safely bring foods back into
their diet. This should be done with an allergist's supervision.