Monday, August 30, 2010

Food for Thought

Food allergies can be hard to recognize if you are not familiar with them. Below is an article taken from HealthyChildren.org which outlines how to recognize what is and what is not a food allergy and what foods can cause food allergies. 
Symptoms of A Food Allergy
Skin problems
-Hives (red spots that look like mosquito bites)
-Itchy skin rashes (eczema, also called atopic dermatitis)
-Swelling
-Breathing problems
-Sneezing
-Wheezing
-Throat Tightness 
Stomach symptoms
 -Nausea
-Vomiting
-Diarrhea

-Circulation symptoms
-Pale skin
-Light-headedness
-Loss of consciousness
 If several areas of the body are affected, the reaction may be severe or even life-threatening. This type of allergic reaction is called anaphylaxis and requires immediate medical attention.
 Not A Food Allergy
Food can cause many illnesses that are sometimes confused with food allergies. The following are not food allergies:
 Food poisoning—Can cause diarrhea or vomiting, but is usually caused by bacteria in spoiled food or undercooked food.
Drug effects—Certain ingredients, such as caffeine in soda or candy, can make your child shaky or restless.
Skin irritation—Can often be caused by acids found in such foods as orange juice or tomato products.
Diarrhea—Can occur in small children from too much sugar, such as from fruit juices. 
 Foods That Can Cause Food Allergies
Any food could cause a food allergy, but most food allergies are caused by the following:
-Cow milk
-Eggs
-Peanuts
-Soy
-Wheat
-Nuts from trees (such as walnuts, pistachios, pecans, cashews)
-Fish (such as tuna, salmon, cod)
-Peanuts, nuts, and seafood are the most common causes of severe reactions. Allergies also occur to other foods such as meats, fruits, vegetables, grains, and seeds such as sesame.

The good news is that food allergies are often outgrown during early childhood. It is estimated that 80% to 90% of egg, milk, wheat, and soy allergies go away by age 5 years. Some allergies are more persistent. For example, 1 in 5 young children will outgrow a peanut allergy and fewer will outgrow allergies to nuts or seafood. Your pediatrician or allergist can perform tests to track your child's food allergies and watch to see if they are going away. 

1 comment:

  1. I'm so hoping that wheat is an allergy outgrown by 5 years! It's rough limiting and checking and rechecking and worrying and stressing all the time!

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