Allergies : Suspect a Food Allergy? Listen to Your Child

If a young child has an allergic reaction to food, he or she may not know how to clearly communicate what's happening. If your child has a severe reaction, precious time is lost when adults don't immediately recognize that a reaction is occurring.

Some children, especially very young ones, put their hands in their mouths or pull or scratch their tongues in response to a reaction. Also, children's voices may change and they may slur their words.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, if a child is having an allergic reaction, he or she may complain of the following:
  • Something poking the tongue or feeling like there's a hair on their tongue.
  • An itchy, burning, or tingling tongue or mouth.
  • Feeling like there's something stuck in their throat.
  • A thick feeling in the throat or a bump in the throat or on the back on the tongue.
  • Feeling like there are bugs in one or both ears.
If you suspect your child is having an allergic reaction, Food Allergy Research & Education recommends following your doctor's instructions and treating the reaction quickly. For more information, visit

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