A food allergy occurs when the body reacts against harmless proteins in foods. A look at food allergies in pre-schoolers.
By Ashwin Dewan
Food allergies are common in children. They can vary from a mild reaction to a severe one. Foods that cause allergic reactions are known as allergens. If your toddler sneezes a lot, frequently develops a rash, gets a stomach ache after consuming certain foods – he may have allergies.
Food allergy can vary from person to person. Children intolerant to certain foods exhibit different symptoms with a particular allergy. Let’s take a look at the common symptoms:
If the food allergy affects several parts of the body, the situation can become life-threatening. This condition is known as anaphylaxis and requires medical attention.
Normally, any food can cause a food allergy but most food allergies are caused by the following food items.
Children outgrow many food allergies such as those to eggs and milk but certain allergies like peanuts, nuts, fish and shellfish tend not to go away easily. Allergies can also occur due to other foods such as meats, fruits and vegetables. Some food allergies are easy to spot because as soon as the pre-schooler consumes a food item, symptoms like an itchy rash around the mouth appear.
If you suspect your pre-schooler is having a food allergy, an urgent medical check-up, under the guidance of a health professional, is recommended.
Immediate food allergies in children are easy to detect because they occur as soon as your child has consumed a certain type of food. If you think that your child has a food allergy, stop him or her from consuming more of the food and consult a doctor. It is very important to avoiding the food that causes the allergy . Some other ways to prevent food allergy are:
Note: Not all allergies are caused by food. Sometimes, furry animals may also lead to symptoms of allergies in pre-schoolers.
Food allergies can have a great impact on the lifestyle and functioning of a family. However, with proper guidance and information, it should not prove to be an obstacle in the way of children leading a healthy lifestyle.
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