Kids and Food Allergies

Published 07/10 2014 10:01AM

Updated 10/15 2014 12:51PM

"Eggs, wheat, milk, peanuts, and tree nuts are the most common [food allergies] with kids," says Dr. Ashley Hall of Hendrick Medical Center.

If your kids struggle with allergies, then you know it can be difficult to find snacks to fit their diets. But the winds are shifting on the allergy front.

"I think the one that everyone remembers is that peanuts weren't suppose to be introduced until after age three," Dr. Hall explains.

But now, doctors are urging parents to go ahead and scoop out the peanut butter.

"You can really introduce those foods whenever you want," says Dr. Hall.

While these findings open up a whole new world of menu ideas for families with young kids, Dr. Hall says it's still important to keep an eye out for reactions, especially after your kiddo leaves the table.

"Normally within thirty minutes you should see a reaction, and most often it's immediately, like within minutes. That would be breaking out in hives all over, swelling on either the lips or tongue, or even throat swelling," Dr. Hall tells us.

But before streamlining your kid's diet, Dr. Hall suggests an allergy test to make sure parents are left with a good taste in their mouths about what they're feeding their little ones.

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