The UK’s National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has issued draft guidance on spotting the signs of food allergies in children.
The guidance informs GPs about when they should consider the possibility of a food allergy and proceed with further allergy testing.
It also warns against allergy tests sold over the internet and offered by alternative healthcare practitioners as they can wrongly diagnose food allergies.
Dr Judith Richardson, associate director at NICE’s Centre for Clinical Practice, said many symptoms of allergies are common to other conditions, so it’s not always easy to identify and diagnose food allergy correctly.
“This will be the first evidence-based guideline on how health professionals and others who work with young children should diagnose and assess food allergies in children,” Richardson said.