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Can a child outgrow a food allergy?

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Dr. Jeffrey Juchau
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Yes: Yes they can out grow allergies. However, you should be very careful about any allergy they have had a significant reaction too such as shortness of breat or anaphylaxis. Additionally peanut allergies tend not to be one that children grow out of.
Dr. Michael Zacharisen
Allergy and Immunology 33 years experience
Yes, depends: About 20% of children will have peanut allergy resolve but only about 7% of those with nut allergy. For egg and milk, about 80% of children will have resolution around age 6. If the reaction were very severe, allergy skin tests strongly positive or allergy blood tests very high, the likelihood of resolution diminishes.

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A 45-year-old member asked:

What are symptoms of food allergies in a child?

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Dr. Paul Williams
Allergy and Immunology 28 years experience
Eczema, anaphylaxis: Food allergies in children can be associated with eczema, or anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction that can manifest as hives, throat swelling or trouble breathing.
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Agree, but eczema and anaphylaxis usually occur independently of each other.
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A 36-year-old member asked:

What to do if my child has severe food allergies?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Discover, avoid : Food allergies vary in their intensity. If you are allergic, your body reacts to it in various ways.Skin tests can be positive and the blood can show elevated antibody levels. Elevated ige is important and means a major reaction is possible.Those foods must be avoided.If skin tests show some reaction but ige levels are low, the food may be tolerated. Discuss which foods to avoid with your allerg.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Child with multiple severe food allergies, what to do?

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Dr. Michael Zacharisen
Allergy and Immunology 33 years experience
See an allergist: Food allergies can be life threatening. It frequently takes a team of an allergist and nutritionist to manage food allergies and to find a diet that is proper for growth and development. Currently, the treatment for food allergies is avoidance, however, there are clinical trials evaluating desensitization procedures. Your local allergist will know who to contact.
A 36-year-old member asked:

What should I do if my child has some known and probably other unknown food allergies?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 29 years experience
Proper evaluation: Anyone with food allergies should be evaluated by a physician trained and proficient in diagnosing and managing food allergies. That would typically be a board certified allergist.
A 43-year-old member asked:

Could use your help docs! my child has severe food allergies?

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Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
Pediatric Pulmonology 36 years experience
Food allergy plan: If your child has food allergies, having an epi pen at home, school and with you when you are away from home is an important part of the management. Avoidance of any known food allergens which may trigger symptoms by reading food labels, avoiding public faucets, and hidden ingredients will help prevent a reaction. Your doctor can provide additional information.

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