Food allergy symptoms may present with mild symptoms such as mild redness around the lips after food intake, as well as with a serious life-threatening picture in the form of severe allergic shock manifested by shortness of breath and low blood pressure. In this article, we tried to tell you the symptoms of food allergy.

Food Allergy Symptoms in Children

In food allergy, redness around the mouth, rash on the face or body, itching, and eczema symptoms are the most common symptoms after ingestion of the allergic food. Apart from these symptoms, food allergy can cause many symptoms such as wheezing, cough, shortness of breath, runny nose, nasal congestion, bloody poop, constipation, vomiting, severe gas pain and allergic shock symptoms.

Children with food allergies are at higher risk of developing food allergies to other foods in the future.

If your child has any of the following conditions, food allergy should be suspected and you should contact a pediatric allergist;

  • If your baby has signs of eczema (redness on the cheeks or redness behind the ears, neck, joints, dry skin).
  • If your baby has itchy rashes on his body and it recurs,
  • If there is redness around the lips, swelling of the tongue or lips within 2 hours after feeding when you start solid food,
  • If you have seen blood in your poop,
  • If there is snot in the poop,
  • If unexplained vomiting occurs,
  • If there is reflux that does not respond to treatment,
  • If you have unexplained constipation,
  • If you have severe gas pain (more than 3 weeks and more than 3 hours of restlessness),
  • If you have frequent respiratory wheezing, nasal congestion, runny nose or shortness of breath,
  • If there is severe itchy rash and shortness of breath in the body, which we call allergic shock, after food intake).

These food allergy symptoms in children do not have to be all at once. Even if there is one, it should be investigated for food allergy.

Food Allergy Can Also Be Seen in Babies Who Only Take Breast Milk

Food allergy symptoms can also be seen in babies who are exclusively breastfed. Allergic foods can be passed to the baby through the mother’s milk. Breast milk is not cut off. If a food allergy is diagnosed, the mother must follow a diet. Because feeding the baby with breast milk for 6 months reduces the risk of developing allergic diseases by 10 times.

Diagnosing a baby with food allergy symptoms is very important. Otherwise, continuing to eat the food that causes the allergy may endanger the life of the child.

For all these reasons; You should be careful for diagnosis and treatment without overlooking food allergy symptoms.

As a result;

  • Food allergy symptoms can be in the form of redness around the lips immediately after food intake, or it can cause life-threatening allergic shock.
  • It is not necessary to see all of the food allergy symptoms at once, even if you see only one symptom, it is useful to go to the doctor.
  • If your child has symptoms of food allergy, it would be beneficial to be evaluated by a pediatric allergist.