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Parents Need to Know About This: Understanding Food Allergies in Children

Parents Need to Know About This: Understanding Food Allergies in Children - Did you know that 8% of children under 3 have food allergies? Or that 10 to 15% of Americans show gluten intolerance? Actually, What is the difference between Intolerance and food allergies?

Parents Need to Know About This: Understanding Food Allergies in Children

Food Allergies

Food allergies show sudden and severe reactions. They involve the immune system and can be life-threatening. Food allergies can be detected through a blood test. Symptoms usually include skin problems, itching, swelling and breathing problems (anaphylaxis being the most serious).

On the other hand, Food Intolerance tends to have more subtle and varied delayed effects. Food intolerance causes conditions such as the stuffy and stuffy nose, headache, fatigue, rash, abdominal pain, hyperactivity, and behavioral problems. Food intolerance can be tested with an ELISA blood test. These conditions will not kill you, but they certainly reduce the quality of your life.

Allergies to eggs, milk, soybeans, wheat, peanuts and tree nuts represent 90% of all food allergies in children. Some childhood food allergies are usually larger in the first few years of childhood, but others, such as peanuts and seafood, tend to remain as adults. 

Food intolerance like gluten (celiac disease), can be an autoimmune disorder that is genetically inherited which affects the intestines and limits the absorption of nutrients into the body. This intolerance must be treated by eliminating the offending food from the diet for life. Failure to do so can cause osteoporosis, infertility, neurological conditions and, in rare cases, cancer.

Facts about food allergies in children:


About 2.5 percent of all babies show allergies to cow's milk, and this same group also tends to react to other milk from animals. This reaction is generally related to milk protein, casein, and whey. Sugar in milk, lactose, does not cause allergies but can cause intolerance.

At the age of 5 years, most children will experience milk allergies (around 85%); However, milk allergies increase the risk of developing other food allergies.


Eggs are the most common food allergy in children with only under 3% affected. Children may be allergic to white, egg yolks, or both. Many will overcome egg allergies at age 5. Again, the presence of egg allergies in childhood increases the likelihood of developing nasal allergies and asthma later on.

Flu should not be given to children with egg allergies.


About 0.3 percent of children are allergic to soybeans, nuts associated with peanuts. These early childhood allergies are usually too large at a young age. Because soy is a common food allergy and can occur in children who are allergic to milk, infant formulas that use hydrolyzed proteins are the best choice for babies who show allergies to cow's milk.


Wheat allergies usually grow larger at an early age, and rarely occur in children with wheat allergies who are also allergic to other cereal grains such as rice, wheat, and wheat.


0.6% of all people show an allergic reaction to peanuts, one of the most severe forms of food allergies. Peanut allergy can cause anaphylaxis and is certainly categorized as a life threat, especially in children with asthma. Peanut allergy is the most common food allergy in adults because only about 20% of children will grow from their childhood peanut allergy.

0.5 percent of people are allergic to tree nuts, which have absolutely nothing to do with peanuts.


Allergies to seafood include fish and shellfish and can be severe and potentially life-threatening. Allergy to one of these foods is less likely to be larger and therefore is generally seen in adults.

What are the symptoms of food allergies?

You should suspect food allergies if your child has one or more of the following symptoms after eating certain foods, including:

· Itchy
· hard to breath
· Angioedema (swollen or swollen tongue around the eyes and lips, etc.)
· Itching in the child's mouth or throat
· Nausea
· Gag
· Diarrhea
· stomach ache
· low blood pressure
· Loss of consciousness

Immediately consult the problems that arise with your doctor, or immediately take it to the hospital if the symptoms get worse
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