A food allergy happens when the body reacts against harmless proteins found in foods. The reaction usually happens shortly after a food is eaten. Food allergy reactions can vary from mild to severe.

Because many symptoms and illnesses could be wrongly blamed on "food allergies," it is important for parents to know the usual symptoms. The following is information from the American Academy of Pediatrics about food allergies and how to recognize and treat the symptoms. There is also important information about how to keep your child safe and healthy at home and in school if he has a food allergy.

A food allergy can happen at any age but occurs most often in infants and children younger than 6 years. It is estimated that 1 out of 20 to 25 children has a food allergy. Food allergies occur more often in children who have other allergies or who have...

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