Food allergy in children and young people: Diagnosis and assessment of food allergy in children and young people in primary care and community settings

NICE guidelines [CG116] Published date:

Review decision date: February 2014

Review decision: 

Following consultation with stakeholders this guideline has now been placed on the static list.

Next review date: TBC

The advice in the NICE guideline covers:

  • Children and young people up to their 19th birthday who have symptoms or signs that could suggest food allergy.
  • Children and young people who are at greater risk of developing a food allergy. For example, they may already have another condition linked with allergies such as asthma, atopic eczema (an allergy-related type of eczema that tends to run in families) or allergic rhinitis (a type of allergy that includes hay fever). Alternatively, they may have a parent, brother or sister with a food allergy or allergy-related condition.

It does not specifically look at:

  • Children and young people who have a reaction to a food that is not caused by the immune system (for example, an intolerance to lactose, the main sugar found in dairy products).

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