Preventing Food Allergies in Kids

Preventing Food Allergies in Kids "One man's meat is another man's poison". Well, it is true when we talk about food allergies. Some food allergies can cause coughing, sneezing, rashes, diarrhea, vomiting and fatal anaphylactic shock. Food allergies are adverse immune responses to a food protein which can be caused by harmless components like albumin or globulin. Allergic reactions to food can sometimes cause serious illness and death.

Infants are susceptible to food allergies. As parents, we should take responsibility of preventing our angels from joining the allergy march which is sweeping through the world by storm. Here are some simple guidelines that can protect your child from this medical complication:

The most common food allergy for infants is cow's milk. The protein in cow's milk contains more than 32% of high allergic potential. To be safe, try breastfeeding for the first 6 months. Mother's milk is hypoallergenic and it gives the best protection against allergies. If you have some medical problems that make you unable to breastfeed, you must first consult your doctor before making any decision to change the milk. Bear in mind that infants who are allergic to cow's milk may also have the same problem with soy based milk although the risk is very minimal.

Solid Food
Solid food may also cause allergies. World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that solid food be introduced to infants at 6 months, when his digestive system has matured. Homemade baby food gives you total control over what goes into your baby's diet; you know it's free from additives and preservatives that a tiny tummy can do without, especially if your baby is prone to food allergies.

Be alert
If you think your child has allergic reaction towards certain foods; it is advisable to do an allergy tests. Once confirmed, be aware of similar foods within same food family. For example, if your infant has an allergic reaction towards peanuts or nuts, it is advisable to avoid all types of nuts.

Offending Ingredient
Learn to read all your food labels when purchasing packaged baby foods. Be aware of the different alternate names for the food that your junior is allergic to. Buying foods for children who are prone to allergies is easy once you are familiar with what to look out for and what to avoid. E.g. Albumin means egg white.

Be Creative
You can always include a wide a variety of food in your child's diet. There is a lot of rich and healthy food available and you should discuss with a nutritionist about your child's eating habits and his diet. For example, you can always replace rice with potatoes for his main course.

Here are some foods categorized by their allergy level
High Risk Food Peanuts, seafood and egg white
Medium Risk Food Egg yolk, legumes (soy beans, beans), and fish.
Lower Medium Risk Food Barley, oats, wheat, beef, lamb, chicken, broccoli, cabbage, potato, spinach, corn banana, and turnip.
Low Risk Food Rice, carrot, pear, apple, and prune.

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