How To Diagnose Food Allergies In Children

Food allergies are one of the common things that children experience in their middle childhood. Food allergies in children are caused by many types of common foods. The common foods include cow’s milk, egg white, seafood, wheat, nuts, soy, chocolates and other dairy foods. The food allergies are caused by the antibodies that are produced by the body’s immune system that reacts with the component of the particular food and then it releases the chemicals that cause the symptoms like a runny nose, coughing, itching and sneezing. Even children experience stomach pain, cramping, skin rashes, diarrhea, bloating and swelling. These are the various symptoms of food allergies. These reactions may occur immediately after consuming above listed foods.

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Normally diagnosing the food allergies is not very easy. The identical symptoms are caused by other disorders so pinpointing the offending food can be difficult. your pediatrician may refer your child to an allergist, who has many diagnostic options. The allergic may suggest you to eliminate few foods from your child’s diet. Few suspicious foods are removed from your child’s diet for a period of time and the symptoms are closely watched to see if there is any subside. After few week the eliminated foods are reintroduced one by one and the allergic responses are evaluated to determine which food is really causing the problem to your child’s health.

Your doctor may also advise you to take a skin and blood test of your child. The doctor might prick the skin on your child’s back or arm, and then the doctor introduces a liquid extract of the suspicious food to see the response. The doctor will see whether the swelling or itching takes place or not.  Some doctors also prefer the RAST test, in this procedure, the blood of your child is mixed with the food extract and then it is evaluated to determine whether the antibodies to that food are present. The reliability of the test may differ from laboratory to laboratory.

Once the offending food is identified through the tests your doctor will recommend you to remove the particular food from your child’s diet. This means not only eliminating egg but eliminating all the food products that contain eggs.

Additional tips

If your child is allergic to the wheat gluten avoid most of the grains including cookies, cakes, pasta and pie. Proceed with cheese, salad dressings, and other foods. Ask your doctor about the alternative to the foods which your child is allergic. If your child is allergic to the milk let he or she eat additional protein rich foods and calcium rich foods? Ask about this to your doctor and proceed carefully after all your child health is very important.