Talk about food allergies
An estimated 8 percent of children under age 18 have some type of food allergy, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology.
One of the most important parents can do before a child goes back to school is talk to their child about food allergies, whether he or she has allergies or not, Dr. Wayne Shreffler, chief of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology at Mass General Hospital said in an interview on the hospital’s website. Parents should tell their children not to share food and to let their teachers know whether they may have eaten something they might be allergic to, he said.
Some of the most common symptoms of a food allergy reaction is hives, itching, skin redness, wheezing, and stomach pain.
If your child has food allergies, 0ne good way of preventing an allergic reaction is to let school administrators know about their allergies before the school year starts.