Children and Allergy Foods

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Children and Allergy Foods

When you have children, food allergies is one of the many health aspects that you should be concerned about. About 300,000 Canadian children under the age of 18 have food allergies, 1 in 13 Canadians are known to be affected by food allergies, and every 2 out of 100 children in Canada are affected by allergies. As your children are growing up, you want to identify whether they have allergies and take action accordingly.

Allergy foods

Once your children are as old as 2-4 years old, you want to keep an eye out for signs of allergies. To know whether your children are allergic to certain foods, you should be aware of the common allergic foods.

  • Peanut
  • Milk
  • Egg
  • Nuts
  • Fish
  • Soy
  • Wheat

Allergy symptoms

While allergies may be prevalent today, it is not necessary that your children have it. Research on allergies being passed on in the family is fairly new. A few studies have suggested the chances of children getting food allergies increases if their parents have it. However, there isn’t substantial evidence to factually state that parents with allergies will have children with allergies. Children may experience allergies regardless if they are from atopic or non-atopic families.

All you have to do is be aware of your children’s health in general to identify if they have allergies or not. Here are the symptoms you can look out for:

  • Hives, which are swollen bumps on the skin
  • Rash
  • Swelling of the lips, tongue or face
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Coughing or wheezing
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Unconsciousness

Severe reactions to allergy, such as vomiting, breathing difficulty and unconsciousness, require immediate medical assistance.

Allergy symptoms, also known as an anaphylactic reaction, is something you should constantly be on the lookout for.

Identifying food allergies

Growing children can be affected by varying health issues and it can be difficult to identify whether a particular food is causing an anaphylactic reaction. What you can do is moderate the food you give your children. Don’t give them too many types of food in a day. Rather, moderate the number of foods to 2 or 3. Now during the course of the day, if there is an anaphylactic reaction, you can easily identify which food caused it.

Allergies are an increasing problem among Canadians and that number is only going to go up. If you suspect that your child has an allergy, it is best to visit your local physician.

References:

http://www.webmd.com/parenting/baby/baby-food-nutrition-9/introducing-new-foods
http://foodallergycanada.ca/wp-content/uploads/Food-Allergy-Key-Facts-Sheet.pdf
http://www.babycenter.com/0_food-allergies_12409.bc#articlesection4
https://www.allergyuk.org/causes-and-risks-of-allergy/allergy–the-genetic-risk

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