According to a recent CDC study, 1 in 13 kids have a food allergy. Most kids tend to out grow childhood allergies, but some are not allergies at all. Food intolerance is a whole other thing. In the general population of adults and kids, about 2.5% of Americans have a food allergy. The most common childhood food allergies are to milk, eggs and peanuts, followed by tree nuts and soy.
Children with food allergies are also at increased risk of what doctors call atopic diseases allergic rhinitis (aka, hay fever), asthma and eczema, an itchy skin rash. The most common symptoms of food allergy manifest through the skin, gastrointestinal tract and respiratory system.
The cornerstone of managing food allergy is education and avoidance. When a food allergy reaction sets in, the key is recognizing the symptoms. The EpiPen is a device that helps you give yourself an easy shot of epinephrine by pressing it against your thigh.