Allergies are not that common

Allergies are not that common, only around 6% of children are likely to have them. It is more likely to be food intolerance.

If your child is having an allergic reaction, it will be because their immune system, having been alerted a previous time when eating the same food, releases antibodies to fight off what it sees as an attack.



Beware of allergies

If child has severe food allergy, inform caretakers, babysitters & parents of friends that the food is not allowed near child. Source

Eliminating allergies

Best way to deal with allergies is to remove from environment. If pet dander is the culprit, the animal may have to go. Source


If one or both parents suffers from allergies, there’s a good chance that the child suffers from similar allergies. Source


Did you know that Play-Doh may cause allergy reactions for tots with wheat allergies?


Did you know that nearly 85 percent of allergy sufferers are allergic to dust mites.

kiwifruit allergies

The kiwifruit contains a protein (actidine) similar to that found in birch pollen, avocados, bandana, and chestnuts.

The study has shown that those who are allergic to peanut, eggs or milk or who suffered from asthma or eczema, has a tendency to allergic to kiwifruit.

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Lactose intolerance

Lactose intolerance is a common example of food intolerance caused by lacking an enzyme needed to digest milk sugar.

When the child eats milk products, symptoms such as gas, bloating, abdominal pain and diarrhea can occur.


Alergic reactions may not be immediate

Remember that your toddler can have a reaction to a food even if she’s eaten it before without any problem.

So if your child inherited the tendency to be allergic to eggs, she might not have a reaction the first few times she eats them — but eventually she’ll show symptoms.


When to introduce new foods

Introduce new foods during the morning or early afternoon. This will enable you to deal with any adverse reactions when your pediatrician is in office.  Should an adverse reaction occur during the morning/early afternoon, it will cause the least amount of disruption in baby’s fragile routine.


Eight top allergens

Eight top allergens account for 90 percent of all food allergies.

These include Tree nuts (almonds, cashews, walnuts), Eggs, Milk, Peanuts, Shellfish (crab, lobster, shrimp), Wheat, Fish (bass, cod, flounder) and Soy


Signs of allergy

In many children, an allergic reaction to a food causes chronic eczema. These dry, scaly patches of skin usually show up on the face, kneecaps, and elbows.


The beginning of food allergies

By the time a toddler reaches school age, food allergies have usually presented themselves. However, it can be important to remember that allergic reactions to foods served in a school setting are possible.

According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI), about 25 percent of reactions in school-age children occurred at school, either in cafeterias, playgrounds or classrooms.


Percentage of children with allergies

Although many parents suspect their child is allergic to certain foods, only about 6 percent of young children and 3 to 4 percent of adults in the United States have a food allergy.


Types of allergic reaction

There are 2 types of allergic reaction: immediate and delayed: Immediate: hives, itchy throat, watering eyes. Delayed: rash, gastrointestinal problems. If your child has an allergic reaction: call 911, call your doctor and then hold off giving that food for awhile.
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Cause of allergies

Allergies happen when your toddler’s immune system overreacts to a normally innocuous substance. Common allergenic substances include mold, dust mites, pet dander, and pollen.

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Food Allergies in young children

According to figures released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2011, based on the agency’s National Health Interview Survey, 4.5 percent of children younger than 18 years of age have a food allergy.

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Allergies or asthma

Don’t forget to consider your child’s allergies and whether or not he has asthma though, in addition to if he is responsible enough to take of a pet.

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Antihistamines and allergies

Antihistamines are the gold standard of allergy treatment. They work by blocking the effect of histamine, the chemical released from certain cells in the body after being exposed to an allergen.

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Allergies and night time

Studies show that allergy symptoms are worse at night between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m. Taking allergy medicine at night before bedtime may help reduce morning allergy symptoms such as sneezing and nasal congestion.

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