How Food Allergies Affect Your Child And How To Treat The Symptoms?

Food AllergiesYou or your child suffering with food intolerance! For some foods the body’s immune system reacts differently and cause serious illness and sometimes leads to death.

Food allergies affect 2 percent of the children and about 5-8 percentage of the younger children.

During the first year of life, food allergies are the common health problems in your child.

Symptoms of food allergies in your child:

Usually you can observe the symptoms of food allergies after your child ingest the food, often within minutes to hours. The symptoms can be mild or severe and they depend on how much of the food your child is ingested and how allergic he is to the food.

  • Abdominal pain
  • Allergic shiners
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Diarrhea
  • Eczema
  • Flushing of the cheeks and ears
  • Hives
  • Itchy skin
  • Nausea
  • Nose congestion
  • Respiratory infections
  • Swelling around the mouth and in the throat
  • Vomiting
  • Wheezing

A severe reaction to food allergies can include anaphylaxis. This reaction includes symptoms like difficulty breathing, swelling of the mouth and throat, decreased blood pressure, shock and even death.

Sometimes food intolerance is most common than food allergies. This condition can cause vomiting, skin rashes, diarrhea, and spitting up.

Causes of food allergies:

Usually your child is allergic to cow’s milk, eggs, peanuts, soybean products, seeds, shellfish, tree nuts, and wheat. Some foods like strawberries, citrus fruits, and tomatoes very rarely trigger an allergic reaction.

Recognizing the cause of food allergies in your child:

If you think that your child is allergic to some foods, check with your child’s doctor. He/she helps you in determining which food your child is allergic to and which foods you need to avoid.

You should consult a pediatrician, because sometimes your child feels his lips and tongue swell and is having trouble breathing. This is a very serious condition and leads to anaphylactic shock, which can lead to loss of consciousness and even death.

Some of the foods can cause problems even if your child is not allergic to them.

Treating food allergies in your child:

  • The one and only treatment for food allergies is avoiding the offending foods.
  • If your child is one year old, most importantly you need to consider breastfeed and you need to avoid supplementing with infant formula or giving solid food for at least the first six months.
  • You need to avoid peanuts or tree nuts, because the allergies with these items tend to be the most severe. Nuts can be found in anywhere, especially in cookies and deserts. Teach your child to watch out for nuts in any form.
  • Keep potential food allergies triggers out of your child’s diet.
  • Give an antihistamine to ease the symptoms of a mild food allergy reaction.
  • For severe allergic conditions your doctor will recommend adrenaline.

So, you need to be careful with the diet that you are giving to your child. Carefully look for the foods that cause allergic reactions and prevent those from giving to your child.

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