Can oranges cause allergies in toddlers?

Oranges are a rich source of vitamin C and helps in iron absorption in toddlers to beat childhood anemia. However, this wonder food has now made its entry to the list of allergic food for toddlers recently. The case came to light when a toddler in Pennsylvania suffered a life-threatening allergic reaction called anaphylaxis after eating an orange - the first time such a case has been reported in someone so young. Did you know C-section babies are more prone to allergy.

What is anaphylaxis?

Anaphylaxis is a serious allergic reaction that is rapid in onset and may cause death. The symptoms including

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  • Itchy rashes
  • Throat swelling,
  • Low blood pressure.

Other common causes of anaphylaxis include insect bites, stings, foods and medications.

What went wrong with the Pennsylvanian toddler?

The two and-a-half year-old girl ate an orange and within a few minutes, she had developed severe anaphylaxis, said Sigrid DaVeiga, allergist and member of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI). Some of the classic synptoms that she portrayed were swelling on lips and tongue, breathing difficulties and hives all over the body. Her parents immediately got her to an emergency room, and she was flown by helicopter to a pediatric intensive care unit, DaVeiga told the gathering at ACAAI's annual scientific meeting. Following treatment and a 48-hour hospital stay, the girl recovered and was able to go home. Here are eight ways to deal with your child's asthma.

How did the allergist discover this unique food allergy?

Upon examination of the medical history of the patient, doctors discovered that she had previously had orange juice with no reaction, but more importantly, that she had undiagnosed asthma. Allergists found that she was allergic to both orange and peach. According to ACAAI, it is very rare for anyone to have a severe allergic reaction to an orange. Many people do not realise allergies and asthma go hand-in-hand and about 90 percent of kids with asthma also have allergies. Even more important, when asthma is undiagnosed or poorly controlled, children are at risk of suffering difficult-to-treat allergic reactions to food, DaVeiga concluded.

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