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With lots of families coping with food allergies we have dedicated an entire section of our website to supporting you with essential advice, support and simple recipe inspiration.

From nuts to wheat, dairy to eggs, we have all your concerns and questions covered by experts Dr Adam Fox and Allergy UK.  From spotting symptoms in your baby or child to understanding the difference between allergy and intolerance, we have all the latest advice.

Our Experts: Professor Adam Fox

Professor Fox is one of only a handful of UK doctors with recognised higher specialist training in Paediatric Allergy. He is a consultant at Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospitals – the UK’s largest specialist children’s allergy centre, where he is Clinical Director.

He has extensive experience in the management of food allergy, eczema, asthma, rhinitis (hayfever) and conjunctivitis as well as drug and insect sting allergy. Professor Fox runs the largest allergen desensitisation programme in the UK and is actively involved in cutting edge research in desensitisation, asthma prevention and food allergy.

He is senior author of the Milk Allergy in Primary Care guideline, which has been widely adopted across the world and Chairman of the Paediatric committee of the British Society of Allergy & Clinical Immunology.

Professor Fox was awarded ‘Paediatric Allergist of the Year’ from Allergy UK in 2007. His doctoral thesis on peanut allergy received the Raymond Horton Smith prize from Cambridge University in 2012 and he was included in The Times ‘Britain’s 100 Best Children’s Doctor’s’ as well as The Tatler Doctor’s List (Top UK 250 consultants).

Professor Fox received the William Frankland Award for Outstanding contribution to Allergy by the British Society of Allergy & Clinical Immunology in 2015 and a National Clinical Excellence award from the UK Department of Health in 2016.




Breastfeeding and food allergies

Apprehensive about breastfeeding and food allergies? Can breastfeeding your baby help stop allergies in their tracks? Consultant Paediatric Allergist Professor Adam Fox talks to us about the all-important benefits of breastfeeding during those first six months.   The benefits of breastfeeding There are a number of reasons to breastfeed and this is widely accepted as … Continued

Most common food allergies in babies

A food allergy is when your baby’s immune system has a bad (adverse) reaction to a usually harmless protein in a food, leading to the release of histamine and other chemicals that cause symptoms such as itch and swelling. If your baby has a food allergy, he is likely to show symptoms just a few minutes … Continued

The most common food allergens in the UK

There are 14 major allergens which must be clearly mentioned on food labels or on information such as restaurant menus when they are used as ingredients in a food product or meal. These reflect the most common food allergens across Europe. Some of these, such as mustard and celery are uncommon in the UK whilst … Continued

Egg allergy

Most children will outgrow an egg allergy which explains why egg allergy is much more common in young children than in adults. However, if a child is suspected of having an allergy to egg it is important to book an appointment with their GP or a dietitian. Even with an egg allergy, many people can … Continued

Managing my child’s food allergy

From the weekly food shop to those all-important kids’ parties, managing your child’s food allergy can be stressful for both you and your child.  You worry about their safety, but you don’t want them to miss out and they don’t want to feel excluded. Here, Consultant Paediatric Allergist Professor Adam Fox provides top tips for … Continued

Food allergy vs. food intolerance

Many different names are used to describe adverse reactions to foods, including food hypersensitivity, food intolerance, food allergy and other medical and non-medical terms. This causes confusion for those who have recently started suffering from symptoms that could be an allergy or intolerance. An allergy, with delayed symptoms can also often be confused with an … Continued

Weaning & baby allergies

Entering into the wonderful world of weaning can be daunting at the best of times, let alone when you’re also worried about your baby’s food allergies. Here Consultant Paediatric Allergist Professor Adam Fox shares his expert advice to help get you started; from how to safely go about introducing new foods, to highlighting those which … Continued

Cow’s milk allergy

Infants and children usually experience cow’s milk allergy (CMA) symptoms in their first few months as cow’s milk and dairy contain essential nutrients including proteins, minerals, and vitamins which are essential for growth as well as bone and dental health. Cow’s milk allergy is one of the most common food allergies to affect babies and … Continued

Managing your baby’s lactose intolerance

Lactose intolerance is when the digestive enzyme lactase is missing and so the carbohydrate or sugar in milk called lactose can’t be digested. The “Primary” version stays with your baby for life and is a genetic deficiency, but this is very rare in the Western world and is more often seen in Asia. More commonly, … Continued

Travelling with children with food allergies

Travelling abroad to a holiday destination can be stressful for a family if a child has an allergy.  Allergy UK’s Holly Shaw says that forward planning will help. Some careful thought and forward planning can help to reduce anxiety for both you and your child and help ensure that your holiday is enjoyable. The details … Continued

Allergies: finding support

Finding support for your child or for yourself can be quite challenging but there is support out there for the allergic community, including the services available from Allergy UK. It offers a dedicated Helpline with staff knowledgeable  across the breadth of allergy and free downloadable factsheets from its website (www.allergyuk.org) where you can find all … Continued