Health Tip: If You or Your Child Have a Food Allergy

Read food labels carefully

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(HealthDay News) -- If you have a food allergy or sensitivity, it means your immune system is reacting against a substance it believes could harm you.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers this advice for people with a food allergy or food sensitivity:

  • Work with a registered dietitian to help figure out which foods you should avoid, while making sure you don't become malnourished.
  • Read food labels carefully, checking for ingredients to avoid.
  • Double-check ingredient labels even when you've purchased a food before, in case ingredients have changed.
  • Check the labels on cosmetics and body care products, as they may contain allergy-causing ingredients.
  • Make sure all child-care providers are informed of your child's food allergy, and that they know what to do if there is a reaction.

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