Did you know that 1 in 12 children suffer from a food allergy? The risk is higher if other family members also have allergies. In children, symptoms are mild to moderate and can affect the skin, respiratory system (airways and lungs) and gut. The triggers are the same as those in babies and toddlers (see Babies and Toddlers).
At this stage, your child can communicate and understand more to some extent and as such, you can gradually introduce the fact that some foods are not good for them. You can also teach them to be ‘food aware’ so that they can let others know what foods they should not eat or come into contact with. To manage the allergy, you may choose to gradually introduce your child to allergens through a challenge under the supervision of a general practitioner or other healthcare professional.