Food Allergies in Children and Infants

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Information on Food Allergies in Children and Infants

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:

 

  • Citrus fruits

  • Egg

  • Milk and other dairy products

  • Peanuts

  • Seafood

  • Soya products

  • Wheat

 

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 daily meals.

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.

 

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