Just imagine what it would be like, if your little one is eating some peanut butter or drinking a glass of milk, then suddenly vomit or gasping for breath? This is what would happen to children who have food allergies.
Do you know almost every 6% of children aged 3 years old and below suffers from food allergies? It is very critical for your young toddlers to identify their triggers and stay away from miserable allergy symptoms.
So, being a parent it is your responsibility to protect your child from miserable allergic reactions.
Identifying food allergies in children
As the first step to protect your child from food allergies, it is important for you to identify the potential food allergens for your children.
Most of you while determining what your kid is allergic to very often make a huge mistake assuming that if your child is exposed to the food previously had not experienced any allergic reactions.
It is very important to understand that your immune system take certain time to build up a reaction. So, realize that your kid can become allergic to any particular food that he/she has eaten it several times before.
Control measures to prevent food allergies
- If your child encountered severe reactions to specific food, immediately talk to your doctor and seek necessary help before you reintroduce that particular food.
- Educate your child caregivers and other family members about your little one’s food allergies. More often people fail to realize how serious food allergies are and try to feed your child with food that is potentially allergic to.
- Educate your child well about his food allergy and tell him to avoid foods that can cause severe allergic reactions to him.
- Breastfeed your baby at least for the first one year. If you can’t, get suggestions from your doctor to use better milk free formula for your baby. While if you are breastfeeding your baby, ask your doctor about foods that you must avoid while nursing your newborn.
- Delay introducing solid food to your baby by at least 6 months. Even it is highly recommended to delay introducing allergenic food such as eggs and milk to your baby. This can help significantly to protect your child from food allergies.
However, it is very important for you to bear in mind that despite of taking essential precautionary measurements, it is not possible to completely avoid food allergies.