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Food allergies are one of the most challenging aspects of feeding kids. Many parents feel a lot of stress when introducing allergens or feel completely alone when they get a diagnosis like FPIES. There is so much parents want to know about food allergies and so much conflicting information available.

9 Food Allergy Back to School Tips

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As summer ends and school heads back into session, you may be concerned about what to do if your child has a food allergy. While all schools handle food allergies slightly differently, there are some common themes. It’s important to have a plan in place and make sure that everyone is on board, including your child.

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Fish Allergy in Babies

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Unlike some of the other top allergens, many people (up to 40%) with a fish allergy won’t develop a reaction until they are an adult. This doesn’t mean that fish allergy can’t happen in babies, but it’s important to keep it in the diet and watch for a reaction all throughout life.
Finned fish are different from shellfish. Being allergic to one doesn’t mean that you’ll be allergic to the other. In one study, salmon, tuna, catfish, and cod were the fish that seemed to cause the most reactions. Most people are told to avoid all types of finned fish if they are allergic to one type.

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Sesame Allergies

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Sesame is the ninth most common allergy in the US. It was recently added as a top allergen in 2021 and will be required to be on food labels starting in 2023.

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Tree Nut Allergy: What You Should Know

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Tree nut allergies are one of the 9 most common food allergies. The most common tree nut allergies are walnut, almond, hazelnut, pecan, cashew, and pistachio (1). It’s possible to be allergic to only 1 kind of nut, but about half of kids who are allergic to 1 nut are also allergic to another.
Tree nut allergies are usually lifelong with only about 9% of children outgrowing their allergy.

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Soy Allergy in Baby

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Soybean allergy tends to be more common in babies and young children, with many outgrowing it as they age. It is estimated that about 0.4% of infants in the US are allergic to soy.
Soybeans are legumes, just like beans, peas, lentils and peanuts. Up to 88% of people with soy allergies are also allergic or significantly sensitized to peanuts, although the reverse isn’t true. People with soy allergies are more likely to be allergic to major allergens like peanuts, tree nuts, egg, milk, and sesame, than to other legumes.

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Peanut Allergy Basics

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Peanut allergies are incredibly common in kids. They are usually lifelong, but research is looking into treatment.
Peanuts are actually legumes, not nuts, although many kids who are allergic to tree nuts are also allergic to peanuts.

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If your child has recently been diagnosed with FPIES, you may find yourself overwhelmed and confused. Most parents have never heard of FPIES before they are given the diagnosis. You are probably wondering what you should do now. Here is some information to get you started.

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How to Introduce Allergens to Your Baby

Food allergens with the word food allergy in blocks

Many parents have expressed fear in regards to introducing allergens to their baby. This makes sense. The idea that your child could have an allergic reaction to a food is scary. The recommendations for allergen introduction have changed recently, so you may have done something completely different with an older child. Know that these recommendations are to help reduce the risk of allergies, but there is nothing you can do that is guaranteed to prevent allergies. If your child ends up with a food allergy, it is not your fault.

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