Food allergy is a medical condition both among children and adults in which when one is exposed to a food that he or she is sensitive to. This negatively impacts a person’s immune system and causes health problems. These problems can be both long and short term during child development.
It is a serious growing issue among parents who are concerned about their child care and safety. As per stats from FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education), nearly 5.6 million Americans under the age of 18 are suffering from some type of food allergy-related disease. In total, 32 million Americans are living with food allergy.
Therefore, parents should be always on their toes checking if your child has allergy from any food.
What causes food allergy in children?
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Our immune system’s main responsibility is to fight off infections and protect our body from harmful foreign matters. But when a child’s immune system mistakes certain type of proteins as harmful and attacks them. Then it triggers an allergic reaction in the body.
Food items which commonly cause food allergies. Despite being high in nutrition, are eggs, fish, wheat, soy, milk, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, etc.
If your child is allergic to any of the above food items. Then high precautions should be taken as to not get him in contact with these items during the child development.
But there’s some good news
Parents constantly worrying about their newborn child care and health can have some sigh of relief. A group of pediatricians at the American Academy of Pediatrics suggest from their year-long research. Finding that the earlier you introduce your newborn to allergy-causing food like the peanut butter, the better. They find absolutely no reason to delay their introduction to allergic food.
While it is contrary to normal parenting styles, researchers insist that exposing them early on is indeed a better option. The study also concluded that as for the mother’s nutrition. She doesn’t need to limit herself to allergic food items while pregnant or during intensive breastfeeding.
It wouldn’t impact child development negatively at all. But on the flip side, the researchers also stated that introducing allergic food early can’t determine whether they will be allergic. It will just improve his/her tolerance for that particular allergic food for a certain period of time, or in childhood in this case.
With that said, if your child indeed is showing symptoms of food allergic reactions, it’s best to consult a child care facility. Symptoms get worse and can even become life-threatening. Along with that, a separate nutrition plan should be given to him and make the required changes to your own parenting style.