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Five Things To Remember If Your Child Has Food Allergies

Oranges. I love them. Sweet, juicy and sometimes a little on the sour side. But, that cute little ball of liquid sunshine might be a severe allergen to another person. One that leads to hives, itching, inability to breath and, possibly anaphylaxis and trip to the ER. The nightmarish conditions of fear and panic grow exponentially when this involves a child. So, besides avoiding the allergen, are there ways to avoid the ER?

Dr. Buck Parker, a trauma surgeon and one of the stars of NBC’s reality TV show “The Island,” who provides expert medical opinions on the Web, radio & TV programs nationwide, says many of these severe reactions could have been prevented in the first place.

“Avoidance of the allergen is key and most parents will do everything in their power to protect their child from that particular substance, “Dr. Parker says. “But in addition, there are five things parents of children with food allergies must do to keep their children safe and out of the ER.”

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