When a child sneeze or having difficulty
in breathing, this could be the result of your child's allergic
reaction to certain food. The symptoms of a food allergy, which range
from minor sneezes to life-threatening reactions such as anaphylaxis,
result from the body's immune response to undigested food proteins.
Histamines are the agents responsible for allergic reactions
throughout the body. The symptoms for allergies may occur immediately
after food intake or sometimes, three days after it, making it
difficult to associate the symptoms to the food allergy and thus
difficulty in identifying the culprit. Allergies in children are
rarely severe but immediate medical attention should be sort if the
child is fainting or suffering from difficulty in breathing.
Any type of food can cause allergic reactions, especially if your
child is sensitive. Majority of the child/infant allergies are caused
by the following foods:
Check if your child's lips turn red and swell immediately after the
first drop of milk, complaints of abdominal cramps (colic), vomiting
or diarrhoea. There are also allergies where the face, lips, throat,
and eyes are swollen, develop skin rashes, itching, wheezing or runny
nose. When a child is allergic to cow's milk protein, usually the
first foreign protein a child is exposed to, the child's lips will
turn red and swell instantly. Cow's milk protein allergy is one of the
most common allergies in infants and young children. One way to
protect infants from cow's milk protein allergies is to breastfeed
your infant. However, breastfeeding does not totally keep your infant
away from allergies because foreign proteins can be transferred
through breast milk. Chances of developing asthma in infants later in
life can result if they are exposed to cow's milk too early.
There are allergies that will be with the child for one-and-a-half to
two-and-a-half year old and that is allergy to milk. However, there
are also life-long allergies such as allergies to seafood and peanuts.
Steps should be taken to manage this long-lasting allergies. We should
first eliminate food that we are allergic totally from our diet and in
place look for alternative foods that appeal to your child and at the
same time not forgetting to compensate for all the missing nutrients.
Check food labels carefully when shopping for groceries so as to omit
food that your child is allergic. Also in your absence, make known
your child's allergies to the people taking care of their diet or
Seek consultation from your doctor or a recognized medical
practitioner to confirm your child's food allergies and the preventive
steps to take in order to avoid from any complications.