If My Child Has Food Allergies, What Should I Look for When Reading Food Labels?enparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-QA-enHD-AR1.gifFood labels can help you spot allergens your child must avoid. Find out more.food labels, food allergies, food allergy, ingredients, cross contamination, peanuts, milk, eggs, tree nuts, shellfish, fish, wheat, oral allergy syndrome, itchy mouth, itchy throat, OAS, pollen, hay fever, seasonal allergies, fruit, allergy, allerges, pollen, polin, pollin, polen, allergic, kids and allergies, children and allergies, food allergy, food allergies, reaction, allergic reactions, allergic to food, anaphylaxis, epi, epinephrine, allergy medicines, allergy medications, allergy testing, allergy tests, nuts, peanuts, tree nuts, nut allergy, allergic to nuts, panut allergy, tree nut allergy, allergic to08/30/201209/26/201609/26/2016Larissa Hirsch, MD04/14/20154c35f0d8-01b4-40a0-97cc-10eefbbd5836https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/foodallergy-labels.html/<p><em>My child has food allergies</em> &mdash; <em>what should I look for when reading food labels?</em><br /> <em>- Alyson</em></p> Carefully reading <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/food-labels.html/">food&nbsp;labels</a> is one of the most important things parents can do when their child has a food allergy.</p> <p>Always avoid any food whose label says it contains your child's allergen. And keep these tips in mind:</p> <ol class="kh_longline_list"> <li>Check ingredient lists and look for advisory statements such as "Contains peanuts." Some companies also voluntarily share cross-contamination warnings, such as "May contain soy," "Processed in a facility that also processes shellfish," or "Manufactured on equipment also used for tree nuts." But manufacturers do not have to list cross-contamination warnings. Since products without advisory statements also might be cross-contaminated and the company chose not to label for it, it is always best to contact the company to see if the product could contain ingredients that your child is allergic to.</li> <li>In the United States, companies must state, in understandable language, if a product contains one of the eight most common food allergens: peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, milk, wheat, soy, fish, and crustacean shellfish.</li> <li>Know the limits of food labels. Not all allergens will be included in ingredient lists or named in a recognizable way. Sometimes, an allergen could be hidden in a long list of scientific-sounding ingredients or included in "natural flavors," "coloring," "spices," or other additives.</li> <li>Double-check every package of food you give your child &mdash; once in the supermarket and once before you give it to your child. This is important even if your child has had the product many times before. Ingredients and cross-contamination risks may change over time. Different size products may have different ingredients or be made in different facilities.</li> <li>Remember to check non-food items, too, because they're not subject to labeling regulations. Allergens may be found in cosmetics, bath supplies, cleaning supplies, sunscreens, art supplies, kitchen sponges, and gardening supplies. Look up any ingredient that you're not sure about, and call the company with any questions.</li> </ol> Si mi hijo tiene alergias alimentarias, ¿en qué me debería fijar cuando lea las etiquetas alimentariasSi su hijo tiene alergia alimentaria, la lectura atenta de las etiquetas es una de las cosas más importantes que usted puede hacer por él.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/es/parents/foodallergy-labels-esp.html/6dfd7ffd-e1ed-4f1d-b926-75a53a6d17b9
5 Ways to Be Prepared for an Allergy EmergencyQuick action is essential during a serious allergic reaction. It helps to remind yourself of action steps so they become second nature if there's an emergency. Here's what to do.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/allergy-emergency.html/d5aa4a48-7679-468c-8e87-905586a85181
Egg AllergyBabies sometimes have an allergic reaction to eggs. If that happens, they can't eat eggs for a while. But the good news is that most kids outgrow this allergy by age 5.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/egg-allergy.html/b0e15eab-3324-4c70-bcde-c10de5e1e322
Figuring Out Food LabelsThe food label on a food package is a lot like the table of contents in a book - it tells you exactly what the food contains. Read our article for kids for more about food labels.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/labels.html/3ca33859-3e8d-41be-88e5-bbe199b8d8e6
Fish AllergyFish allergy can cause a serious reaction. Find out how to keep kids safe.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/fish-allergy.html/d2260a2d-050c-4515-9837-b597fba91fdc
Food AllergiesFood allergies can cause serious and even deadly reactions in kids, so it's important to know how to feed a child with food allergies and to prevent reactions.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/food-allergies.html/d3040abf-fd78-4aac-be4a-3f2dd59957ef
Food Allergies and Food SensitivitiesFind more than 30 articles in English and Spanish about all aspects of food allergies in children.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/center/foodallergies-center.html/d3c22db3-bb92-40fb-ab56-d23fdaf053be
Food Allergies: How to CopeWith food allergies, preventing a reaction means avoiding that food entirely. But sometimes allergens can be hidden in places you don't expect. Here are tips on living with a food allergy.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/food-allergy-coping.html/99fe9b8e-5489-41f1-8843-84ef92b9335f
Food LabelsLook at any packaged food and you'll see the food label. This nutrition facts label gives the lowdown on everything from calories to cholesterol. Read more about food labels.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/food-labels.html/9fd21fc8-7da9-499f-a517-dcacb9624e24
Going to School With Food AllergiesWith preparation and education, a child with a food allergy can stay safe at school.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/school-foodallergy.html/ede8a68e-bbc1-4179-8d56-febaf2f3861e
Learning About AllergiesDuring an allergic reaction, your body's immune system goes into overdrive. Find out more in this article for kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/allergies.html/c4c99b6f-c068-41ef-a755-63be7a2fca42
My Friend Has a Food Allergy. How Can I Help?Although food allergies are more common than ever, people who have them may feel different or embarrassed. A good friend can really help.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/helping-allergies.html/e09de46a-f2ef-4a76-8511-3f7e24539b99
Nut and Peanut AllergyPeanuts are one of the most common allergy-causing foods, and they often find their way into things you wouldn't imagine. Learn the facts on living with a nut or peanut allergy.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/nut-allergy.html/225be78e-59aa-4b67-bb4b-782ec52be9a5
Serious Allergic Reactions (Anaphylaxis)Kids with severe allergies can be at risk for a sudden, serious allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. The good news is that when treated properly, anaphylaxis can be managed.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/anaphylaxis.html/3ff97505-24b8-4097-b943-4efa57931a0d
Shellfish AllergyShellfish allergy can cause serious reactions. Find out common symptoms of allergic reactions and how to respond.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/shellfish-allergy.html/06464a79-675d-4509-b7d4-e325bdb46264
Soy AllergySoy is found in many foods and it's a common food allegy. Find out how to help kids with an allergy stay safe.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/soy-allergy.html/0af8f633-8034-45f9-90e1-0448e0be8c1c
What Is Skin Testing for Allergies?A scratch or skin prick test is a common way doctors find out more about a person's allergies.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/skin-test.html/cd2bf968-d812-40dd-bac5-23853e0f6291
What's the Difference Between a Food Allergy and a Food Intolerance?Food allergies and food intolerances, like lactose intolerance, are not the same. Find out more.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/allergy-intolerance.html/969e0d3e-a4b0-4780-8d7f-7b93bb6d1116
Wheat AllergyWheat allergy can cause serious reactions. Find out how to help kids with an allergy stay safe.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/wheat-allergy.html/2e52fe02-599f-480f-b022-dc360c4c27d5
Word! Allergy Shots and ImmunotherapyImagine if you were always sneezing because you were allergic to something.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/word-allergyshots.html/37dd52b3-e320-474d-932c-8ceeea522388
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