Your Child and Food Allergies

The last thing a mother wants to hear is that their child is sick. This can easily include them having some sort of food allergy, which may cause sneezing, coughing, vomiting, rashes or anaphylactic shock. Food allergies can be minor, treatable with a simple over-the-counter allergy medication or major, requiring immediate use of epinephrine or hospital care for treatment in order to avoid serious illness or even death.

Infants can easily end up with food allergies. As parents, it’s our responsibility to prevent our sweet babes from joining the many others who sweep the world with one or several allergies. The following guidelines can help protect your child from this type of complication:

The most common food allergy for infants is cow’s milk. The highest allergic aspect (32%) of cow’s milk is the protein found in within it. The best precaution is to try to breastfeed for the first 6 months of your baby’s life. Mother’s milk has very little possibility of causing an allergic reaction, and it provides the best allergy protection available. If you have any health issues or other reasons why you can’t breastfeed your baby, your best option is to consult your doctor to find out what the best choice would be to keep your baby healthy.

Solid Food
Solid food can also be a cause of allergies in very young children. The World Health Organization has recommended that solid food only be introduced to infants at 6 months. This gives his digestive system enough time to have matured. When the time comes for solid foods, feeding your child homemade baby food gives you total control over what goes into your baby’s diet. You will know it’s free from additives and preservatives your baby’s tummy doesn’t need, especially if you’re already aware of any type of food allergy.

Use Caution
If you’re concerned your child is having an allergic reaction towards certain foods, it’s important to consult your doctor as soon as possible to schedule allergy tests. As soon as you know for sure whether or not your baby does in fact have allergies, it will be easier for you to watch out for foods within the same group or food family. If your child has an allergy to peanuts for example, it’s best to stay away from all nuts until further testing can be done.

Different Names, Same Ingredient
If you discover your child has food allergies, learning to read food labels is your next task. You’ll need to know what different names can be used for the food your little one is allergic to. Once you realize that egg whites can also be listed as albumin for example, getting used to watching for it will become much easier.

It’s Time to Be Creative
You’re going to want to include the widest variety of foods as possible to your little one’s diet. There are many different options of rich and healthy foods available, no matter what your preferred type of cuisine is. Discuss your options with your nutritional specialist for items you’re not sure about. But one good example is replacing rice with potatoes as his main course. Or instead of carrots, try peas instead.

There are different levels of risk when it comes to food allergies. Take a look at some examples.

High risk foods – peanuts, seafood, egg whites

Medium risk foods – legumes (soy bean, beans), fish, egg yolks

Low-medium risk foods – Barley, broccoli, cabbage, potato, spinach, corn, wheat, beef, lamb, chicken, banana and turnip

Low risk foods – Pears, apple, prune, rice, and carrot

With a little bit of practice and a lot of information from your nutritional specialist, you’ll find it easier to deal with your child’s allergies than you would think.

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