If you suspect your child has a food allergy then you could have a lot of upset tummies, trips to the
doctor, late nights, and headaches until you determine what foods they can and cannot eat.
Not only that, you will need to get used to preparing dishes with ingredients you may commonly avoid. To keep your sanity, shop for water fountains from stores like Pro Home Stores and get one to keep by your bed,sofa, or somewhere you might relax. The cascading water will calm your stress and soothe you when you are on edge. Get a notebook to use as a food diary, too. They may be “fine” eating specific foods alone, but when combined with others, problems are resulted.
The most common food allergies that account for about 90 percent of reactions includes:
Kids allergic to milk, eggs, soy, etc., will often outgrow these allergens by the time they are 5 years old. Peanut and tree nut allergies rarely go away and shellfish and fish allergies typically develop later in life.
Food allergens can range from very mild to extremely severe. Some occur within minutes of eating the trigger food while others can develop hours later. Any of the four areas of the body can be affected:
1. Skin – Hives, redness, swelling of extremities or face, and eczema, as well as redness and swelling of lips or tongue
2. Respiratory Tract – Sneezing, coughing, runny or stuff nose, shortness of breath, wheezing
3. Gastrointestinal Track – Vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain, diarrhea
4. Cardiovascular System – Fainting or lightheadedness
Anaphylaxisis a serious allergic reaction and can be life threatening. It involves two or more areas on the above list. There can be a sudden drop in blood pressure, difficulty breathing and loss of consciousness. If not treated quickly death can be resulted.
After your child has been diagnosed with an allergy, treatment generally simply involves avoiding that food. Obviously, if it is something like dairy or wheat this gets tricky because many parents don’t actually realize just how many things these ingredients are in.
If your child has asthma flares or wheezes, a bronchodilator is generally prescribed. If your child has a severe allergy to a food they may need epinephrine auto injections, more commonly known as EpiPen.
After administering an EpiPen, you should get to the hospital immediately.