Understanding Food Allergies in Infants and Children

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Videos for Parents and Caregivers
Answers to Commonly Asked Questions

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  • What is the difference between a food allergy, food intolerance, and food sensitivity?

  • What are the symptoms of food allergy?

  • Will my child outgrow food allergies?

  • How long will it take a food allergy to show up?

  • I think my child has outgrown his food allergy but how would I know?

  • At what age should I test my child for food allergies?

  • Does a skin prick test hurt?

  • The skin prick test was positive. Does that mean my child definitely has allergies?

  • I used an at-home IgG food sensitivity test for my child. It said that my child has many allergies. Should my child avoid these foods now?

  • My child's test results have gotten worse with each test over time. Does this mean his allergy is getting worse?

  • Can incorporating baked milk or egg into my child's diet increase the likelihood of tolerance to fresh milk or eggs?

  • How can I serve packaged foods to my child with food allergies?

  • My baby has eczema. Does this mean she will have food allergies in the future?

  • My child’s eczema used to be severe but is now improving. Does that mean the food allergy is also going away?

  • Food allergies run in my family, so I’m worried my child will also have them? When should I introduce foods like peanuts, eggs or cow’s milk?

  • Why have food allergies become more common?

  • What can be done to reduce food allergies in my child?

  • Can my child have allergies, if no one in the family has any allergies?

  • For the past few months, my child has been on a special formula for cow’s milk intolerance. When can I switch my child back to regular formula?

  • Can my diet during breastfeeding cause allergies in my baby? What about during pregnancy?

  • My baby has only ever had breast milk. How is it possible that she has milk intolerance?

  • Can breastfeeding prevent allergies?

  • Is cow’s milk allergy the same as lactose intolerance?

  • What are the symptoms of allergy to cow’s milk?

  • Will my child outgrow cow’s milk allergy? If so, when?

  • Could I have prevented my child’s cow's milk allergy?

  • How do I manage cow's milk allergy? What do I feed my baby?

  • How does FPIES differ from typical food allergies?

  • How common is FPIES?

  • Can skin and blood tests be used to diagnose FPIES?

  • When my child has an FPIES reaction, how should I manage her symptoms?

  • Will my child outgrow FPIES? If so, when?

  • What is eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE)?

  • What are the symptoms of EoE?

  • If EoE is caused by food allergies, why can’t my child’s doctor identify them with allergy testing?

  • How do you treat EoE and can EoE go away with treatment?

  • If my child has EoE, does that mean she could be malnourished?

  • What are probiotics?

  • At what age should I give my child probiotics?

  • What kinds of probiotics should I give my child?

  • How can probiotics impact food allergies?

  • What is the allergic march?

  • How do I know if my child is at high risk for allergies?

  • How can I prevent allergies in my high-risk child?