An allergy is a heightened sensitivity to a foreign substance (called an allergen) that causes the body’s defense system (the immune system) to overreact when defending itself. The most common allergies that can happen to children are:
- Outdoors: tree pollen, plant pollen, insect bites or stings
- Indoors: pet or animal hair or fur, dust mites, mold
- Irritants: cigarette smoke, perfume, car exhaust
- Foods: peanuts, eggs, milk and milk products, soy, wheat, tree nuts (such as walnuts and cashews), fish, shellfish (such as shrimp).
A child can develop allergies when a child is not with his or her parents. Parents need to make sure that their child’s school, day care or other program has a written emergency action plan with instructions on preventing, recognizing and managing allergies in class and during activities such as sporting events and field trips. If your child has been prescribed an auto-injector, be sure that you and those responsible for supervising your child understand how to use it.
Next few slides will talk about most common food allergies in children.
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