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Nov 14, 2017 — Five percent of children in the U.S. have allergic reactions to food. Food allergy symptoms often occur within two hours of eating certain foods and can be pretty alarming to parents. On today's Health Minute, pediatrician Dr. Cindy Gellner discusses the most common symptoms of pediatric food allergies.


Announcer: The Health Minute, produced by University of Utah Health.

Interviewer: Kids' food allergies. Pediatrician Dr. Cindy Gellner, what are the symptoms?

Dr. Gellner: About 5% of children have true allergic reactions to food, and you will know that your child has a food allergy if the symptoms happen within two hours of eating certain foods. So some common food allergy symptoms include swelling or itching of the lips, tongue or mouth. If your child has stomach cramps, diarrhea, vomiting, hives, difficulty breathing, wheezing, coughing to the point where they look like they're struggling to breathe, those are true allergies.

Interviewer: And is this something kids outgrow?

Dr. Gellner: At least half of the children who develop a food allergy in their first year of life outgrow it by the time they're two or three years old. But peanut allergy, nuts, fish, shellfish, they often last a lifetime.

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