Anyone who has a child with intense food allergies can tell you all about the anxiety and preperation that comes along with dining out, playdates, attending a birthday party, or traveling. Even those whose children can indulge without concern need to be aware these days as food allergies become more prevalent as daycares, mommy and me classes, and schools enforce nut-free policies.
Most pediatricians will recommend that you introduce new foods one at a time and monitor your children with the most recent meal in mind. They also mention common lookout for hives, welts, itching, swelling, vomiting, diarrhea, coughing, wheezing, flushed skin or a rash etc.
After researching information from the awesome website FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education), I wanted to share some of the most important take aways for those eager to learn more.
An allergy to cow’s milk in infants and toddlers is more common than you might think! Fortunately, this is an allergy that many outgrow, but it's more common that not for mothers struggling to breastfeed go on to nursing with ease after eliminating cow’s milk from their diets.
This is another common allergy that requires close attention as eggs can be found in a ton of products. If you suspect your child has an egg allergy, you should consult with your pediatrician about vaccinations too, as many contain egg protein.
Tree Nuts vs. Peanuts
These are two distinct food allergies that don’t necessarily go hand in hand. They are likely the ones you have heard the most about as they can bring on the most extreme reactions. Because of this, your pediatrician will likely recommend that you introduce nuts for the first time in a controlled environment (preferably at home).
An allergy to wheat doesn’t necessarily mean your child is gluten-intolerant or has celiac disease. Wheat gets a bad rap for causing inflammation, but this is an allergy that many will outgrow by the age of three. Keep an eye out on how this progresses to see where your child may land.
Hold the edamame (and so many other grocery store favorite snacks) if you suspect a soy allergy in your family. Here’s another food known to cause inflammation and although allergies are detected in .4% of children, most symptoms aren’t severe.
If your child or someone you know has a food allergy, I’d love to hear your thoughts and trusted resources in the comments below. As they say, its takes a village! Here’s to safe and happy eating for you and your family :)
Bonus! Here’s a fun option for reminding nanny's/child care providers of your child’s allergy at snack time or in case of an emergency: http://www.allermates.com/
Here is Camden is enjoying an allergy free peanut butter snack. Hopefully it stays this way :)