Toddler food alergies explained

A toddler food allergy is when our immune system wrongly interprets as harmful something we have eaten, and reacts to it.

Common Allergies

If you or spouse suffer from allergies, or other kids are allergic, you should avoid most common food allergy foods, such as nuts & eggs.

Informing children about food allergies

Once a food allergy is confirmed, then it’s vital that she is well informed of the food she is allergic to and to avoid it without exception

Allergies run in the family

If a parent is allergic to a food, child may be more likely to develop an allergy. Help prevent the food allergy by eliminate the food.

Allergy Prevention

Battle down the allergens. Use a dehumidifier to keep humidity levels below 50 percent, especially in the basement where mold spores and bacteria tend to thrive.

Battling Allergies

Battle down the allergens. Vacuum at least 2X a week & invest in a vacuum with a HEPA air purifying filte and allergen filtration system.
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Combatting Alergies

Mold grows quickly in the refrigerator, so be sure to clean it frequently with bleach, and throw away old food.
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Reducing home allergens

To reduce allergens replace furnace and air filters every 1-2 months during peak allergy seasons.

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Reducing allergens

To reduce allergens wash bedding in hot water to remove dust and kill bacteria.

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Determining allergies in children

If parents cannot determine the source of the allergy, an allergist can perform a battery of skin tests to determine the offending allergens.

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Introducing new foods.

Introduce new foods one at a time, several days apart. This makes it easier to figure out what might be causing any rash or food allergy symptoms he might have. From: pantagraph.com.

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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.

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Beware of allergies

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

Play-Doh

Did you know that Play-Doh may cause allergy reactions for tots with wheat allergies? http://bit.ly/N6116w

Allergens

Did you know that nearly 85 percent of allergy sufferers are allergic to dust mites. http://bit.ly/iTpUSD

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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

From: toddlerstoday.com