Two year and half year old Rahul stuffed more cake in his mouth than he could take, at a birthday party. In no time his face became red, he had inflamed skin and nasal congestion. Fortunately Rahul’s mother rushed him to the doctor immediately where he was diagnosed with severe egg allergy. Milk, soy, wheat, nuts, fish, eggs and shellfish are some common food allergies in children. Food allergy is an abnormal response to a food, set off by the body’s immune system. As a parent you need to be alert towards the symptoms of food allergy because the response can be mild or life-threatening. Besides this, you also need to ensure that your child gets all essential nutrients he misses out due to allergies, in order to avoid deficiencies and retardation in growth.