What to Know About Your Child’s Allergies

Allergies occurring in children have become more and more frequent. We take your child’s allergy very seriously. It’s important to understand how an allergy functions within the body, while learning as much as you can about your child’s specific allergy to prevent any issues or reactions.

Allergies are physiological reactions caused when the immune system reacts to a specific foreign substance (allergen) that has been inhaled, touched, or, eaten by a person. Typically, the human body will defend itself against harmful substances like viruses or bacteria, but sometimes, the defenses aggressively attack usually innocuous substances such as dust, mold, or pollen. The immune system generates large amounts of the antibodies called immunoglobin E (IgE), to attack and destroy the supposed enemy. Each IgE antibody specifically targets a particular allergen-the substance that triggers the allergic reaction. In this disease-fighting process, inflammatory chemicals, such as histamines, cytokines, and leukotrienes are released or produced, and some unpleasant, and, in extreme cases, life-threatening, symptoms may be experienced by an allergy-prone person.

A food allergy is an abnormal response of the body to a certain food. It is important to know that this is different from a food intolerance, which does not affect the immune system, although some of the same signs may be present. Food allergy causes an immune system response, causing symptoms that range from uncomfortable to life-threatening. Food intolerance does not affect the immune system, although some symptoms may be the same as in food allergy.

Eggs, milk, and peanuts are the most common causes of food allergies in children, with wheat, soy, and tree nuts also included. Peanuts, nuts, fish, and shellfish commonly cause the most severe reactions. Allergic symptoms may begin within minutes to an hour after ingesting the food. According to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, it does not take much of the food to cause a severe reaction in highly allergic people. In fact, as little as 1/44,000 of a peanut kernel can cause an allergic reaction for severely allergic individuals. The symptoms of a food allergy may resemble other medical conditions or problems. Always consult your doctor for a diagnosis.

If you have any questions about your child’s allergy, the physicians and medical staff at our New Jersey pediatric facilities are always available for an appointment or further consultation.

Saint Barnabas Medical Center
94 Old Short Hills Road
Livingston, NJ 07039
(973) 322-5000
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Monmouth Medical Center
300 Second Avenue
Long Branch, NJ 07740
(732) 222-5200
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The Unterberg Children's Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center
300 Second Avenue
Long Branch, NJ 07740
(732) 923-7250
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Medical Specialty Services at Bayonne
16 East 29th Street
Bayonne, NJ 07002
(973) 926-7280
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The Family Health Center (FHC) at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
166 Lyons Avenue
Newark, NJ 07112
(973) 926-7300
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Clara Maass Medical Center
1 Clara Maass Drive
Belleville, NJ 07109
(973) 450-2000
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Community Medical Center
99 Highway 37 West
Toms River, NJ 08755
(732) 557-8000
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Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
201 Lyons Avenue at Osborne Terrace
Newark, NJ 07112
(973) 926-7000
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Children's Hospital of New Jersey at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
201 Lyons Avenue at Osborne Terrace
Newark, NJ 07112
(973) 926-7000
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Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center
200 South Orange Avenue
Livingston, NJ 07039
(973) 322-7000
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The Pediatric Specialty Center at Saint Barnabas - West Orange
375 Mount Pleasant Avenue
Suite 105
West Orange, NJ 07052
(973) 322-6900
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Jersey City Medical Center
355 Grand Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302
(201) 915-2000
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Provident Bank Ambulatory Center
395 Grand Street
Jersey City, NJ 07304
(201) 915-2410
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The Jersey City Family Health Center
412 Summit Ave
Jersey City, NJ 07306
(201) 499-1969
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Jersey City Medical Center at Greenville
1825 John F. Kennedy Boulevard
1st Floor
Jersey City, NJ 07305
(201) 204-0004
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Eric B. Chandler Health Center at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
277 George Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
(732) 235-6700
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Eric B. Chandler Health Center Church St. Annex
123 Church Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
(732) 235-2052
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Lakeview at Robbinsville-Horizon
500 Horizon Center
Robbinsville, NJ 08691
(609) 587-8002
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The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children's Hospital at RWJUH
200 Somerset Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
(732) 828-3000
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Children's Specialized Hospital Long Term Care Center - Mountainside
150 New Providence Road
Mountainside, NJ 07092
(888) 244-5373
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Children's Specialized Hospital Long Term Care Center - Toms River
94 Stevens Road
Toms River, NJ 08755
(888) 244-5373
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Children's Specialized Hospital Outpatient Center at Bayonne
815 Broadway
Bayonne, NJ 07002
(888) 244-5373
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Children's Specialized Hospital Outpatient Center at Egg Harbor Township
6106 Black Horse Pike
Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234
(888) 244-5373
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Children's Specialized Hospital Outpatient Center at Hamilton
3575 Quakerbridge Road
Hamilton Township, NH 08619
(888) 244-5373
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Children's Specialized Hospital Outpatient Center at Mountainside
150 New Providence Road
Mountainside, NJ 07092
(888) 244-5373
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Children's Specialized Hospital Outpatient Center at Newark
182 Lyons Avenue
Newark, NJ 07112
(888) 244-5373
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Children's Specialized Hospital Outpatient Center at Toms River - Lakehurst
368 Lakehurst Road
Toms River, NJ 08755
(888) 244-5373
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Children's Specialized Hospital Outpatient Center at New Brunswick
10 Plum Street
6th Floor
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
(888) 244-5373
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PSE&G Children's Specialized Hospital
200 Somerset Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
(732) 258-7000
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RWJ University Hospital Hamilton
1 Hamilton Health Place
Hamilton, NJ 08690
(609) 586-7900
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RWJ University Hospital New Brunswick
1 Robert Wood Johnson Place
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
(732) 828-3000
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Children’s Specialized Hospital Outpatient Center at East Brunswick
629 Cranbury Road
East Brunswick, NJ 08816
1-888-CHILDRENS
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Children's Specialized Hospital Outpatient Center at Warren
266 King George Road
Warren, NJ 07059
(888) 244-5373
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Children's Specialized Outpatient Center at Toms River Stevens Road
94 Stevens Road
Toms River, NJ 08755
(888) 244-5373
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Children’s Specialized Hospital Outpatient Center at Jersey City
1825 John F. Kennedy Boulevard
Jersey City, NJ 07035
(201) 204-0044
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