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    What are the most common food allergies amongst children?

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    I am Accredited Practising Dietitian with a passion for helping people who suffer from food intolerance. I have 25 years of experience in this area … View Profile

    The most common food allergies amongst children are egg, milk, peanut, tree nut and seafoods.  Wheat and soy can cause allergies but they are less severe and children grow out of them quickly where as allergies to nuts and seafoods are often lifelong.

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    I have been a paediatric registered nurse for over twenty years. I am trained asthma educator, early childhood nurse and currently work in the area … View Profile

    As Linda has stated, the most common food allergies are to dairy, egg and soy. Peanuts, tree nuts and seafood are also common food allergies in children. The likelihood of a child being able to tolerate dairy, egg and soy by the age of about five is about 80% whereas with the nuts, tree nuts and seafood allergy there is only about a 20% chance that these foods will be able to be tolerated one day. 

    All the foods listed above inclduing soy and wheat can cause severe (anaphylactic symptoms) in children. If you think your child is having a severe allergic reaction you must seek medical help immediately. 

    Some children will keep their soy and wheat allergies for life. For further information, seek advice from a paediatric immunologist or go to the ASCIA website. 

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