What is a food allergy?
A food allergy is an abnormal response to a food triggered by your body's immune system. Food allergies can lead to death. A life-threatening reaction caused by allergy is called anaphylaxis.
What are the most common foods that cause food allergy reactions?
In children, eight foods cause 90% of all food allergy reactions: milk, eggs, peanuts, wheat, soy, fish, shellfish and tree nuts (like walnuts and pecans).
What are the most common signs and symptoms of a food allergy?
The most common signs and symptoms of a food allergy are:
- Tingling in the mouth
- Hives, itching or eczema
- Swelling of the lips, face, tongue and throat, or other parts of the body
- Wheezing, nasal congestion or trouble breathing
- Abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting
- Dizziness, lightheadedness or fainting
What are the statistics regarding food allergies?
- The number of kids with food allergies has soared 18% in the last decade to 3 million children under the age of 18.
- Children with food allergies are likely to have asthma or other allergies.
- Hispanic children had lower rates of reported food allergies.
- 3.8% of boys and 4.1% of girls have food allergies.
What is ECISD Child Nutrition doing to help those with food allergies?
ECISD makes every effort to accomodate special diets. All students who need a special diet, or a modification of food during school hours, should do the following:
- Submit a written consent form signed by the parent or legal guardian.
- Submit the printed Special Diet Request Form, completed by a licensed physician. Both documents can be given to the Cafeteria Manager.
For more information on food allergies, please visit http://www.foodallergy.org.