The most common food allergies include cow’s milk, eggs and peanuts. Other common food allergies include tree nuts, wheat, fish and shellfish, raw fruits and vegetables and soy. Many food allergies affecting children go away as they get older. You can read more in the common food allergies section above.
If you have a food allergy, you may get itchy, red or swollen skin around your lips, face or eyes. It can affect your breathing or give you an itchy or tingling feeling in your mouth. You might get stomach problems, like diarrhoea, sickness and vomiting too. See our food allergy symptoms section to find out more.
For allergies that have an immediate reaction, the symptoms normally go away and you’ll feel better within 12 hours. Some allergies have a delayed reaction. These come on more gradually and last for a longer time. Read more about the different types of allergy in our about food allergies section.
Current advice is to introduce solid foods to babies at around the age of six months. This includes foods that commonly cause allergy – like eggs and foods containing peanuts. There’s no reason to delay giving these foods to your baby – it doesn’t reduce the risk of developing an allergy. In fact, giving them early on may help to reduce the risk. See our preventing food allergies section for more information.
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