Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Food Allergies

Here are some ideas on what to look for if your child may have a food allergy.  If you suspect a food allergy contact your pediatrician for further advice.  Always introduce new foods at least 2 days apart and preferably 3 days, allowing yourself time to notice a change in behavior or physical changes.

Symptoms of a food allergy can be mild or severe and include:

-hives, swelling or trouble breathing (this typically happens within a few minutes and up to a couple hours after eating).
-severe vomiting or diarrhea; blood in stools

** if your child has swelling around the mouth or trouble breathing call 911 or emergency service in your area.  A child's airway can close up in minutes and you may not have time to reach a doctor or hospital.  Also contact a doctor immediately if your child develops severe vomiting or diarrhea.

-gastrointestinal issues (diarrhea, vomiting and general discomfort)
-unusual fussiness or temperament change
-unusual diaper rash or diaper rash only occurring when fed a certain food

It is possible to be allergic to any food however 90 percent of food allergies are linked to : eggs, milk, peanuts, wheat, soy, tree nuts, fish and shellfish.  Take caution to not introduce foods to your child before the recommended age.  Always introduce foods in their singular form before introducing combined foods.

More in depth information can be found here and here.

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