Survival Guide for child food allergies. Let’s start with the basic information that diarrhea and itching after eating do not necessarily mean allergy. It may just be difficult for the child to digest this particular food. Experts point out that food allergies affect 4 to 8% of children and this number is gradually increasing.
How is allergy manifested?
Symptoms occur within minutes to 2 hours after eating food. The child complains that his mouth or tongue is tickling or generally speaking about a strange feeling in the area. Feels itchy in the ears and has difficulty eating. Some children have a Atopic Dermatitis Disease. The strange thing is that allergies do not necessarily manifest themselves from the beginning. If they are allergic to eggs, they may appear later and have eaten normally the first few times without any symptoms.
What are the most ‘dangerous’ foods?
Allergy can occur anywhere, but the highest risk is in eggs, milk, peanuts, soybeans, nuts, fish and shellfish.
What if my child has an allergy?
If you find it difficult to breathe, swollen face and have severe vomiting or diarrhea, take it to the hospital immediately. You must act quickly because, in this case, simple advice is not enough. If you find that you have less severe symptoms after some foods, up to 2 hours later, talk to your pediatrician to do an allergy test and find out where and when there is a problem. The allergist will tell you if it is really an allergy and what foods your child should avoid. If you already know where you have an allergy, your doctor will give you treatment instructions or an injection of epinephrine to stop the symptoms of the allergy. If we are talking about an older child, he/she may have the injection with him/her if needed immediately.
Are they hereditary?
If you have some kind of allergy, the chance of having it allotted to your child is 50%. If they have both parents, the probability is 75%. But again, it does not mean that you will inherit the allergy to the same foods as you. Children with a food allergy are 2 to 4 times more likely to develop asthma or dermatitis than children who are not allergic to food.
Are Allergies Overcome?
If your child is allergic to milk, eggs, soy or wheat, he or she may be overwhelmed by it. Allergies to peanuts, fish, nuts, and shellfish are more likely to last forever.
What is the difference between intolerance and allergy?
Intolerance to food does not include the immune system. It just makes it difficult to digest that particular food. The symptoms that accompany it are gas, swelling or diarrhea. It is usually observed in milk and milk products.
Can I prevent and reduce the chance of an allergy?
In the past, the American Academy of Pediatrics suggested that we delay the ‘acquaintance’ of foods with children so they never have an allergy. Today, however, they are opposed and urge us to continue giving children new foods so that we can quickly identify the possibility of an allergy to some. The only exception is cow’s milk before the first year.
Survival Guide for child food allergies