In 2007, the Center for Disease Control reported an estimated 3 million children under age 18 (3.9%) had a food allergy.
We can help you manage your child’s allergies and still make sure he receives nutritious and delicious food. The following symptoms are indications that your child may have a food allergy:
- Respiratory troubles (asthma, wheezing)
- Skin rash
- Gastrointestinal symptoms (diarrhea, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting)
- Difficulty swallowing
- Poor appetite
- Picky eating
If your child’s pediatrician or allergist suspects the symptoms are indicative of a food allergy, they will follow up with blood and skin tests. These are the eight most common food allergies:
- Milk protein
- Wheat (different from wheat gluten sensitivity)
If one or both parents have a history of food allergy, the allergy risk is greater for their children. Some children can develop multiple food allergies.
Coming Up with a Nutritional Plan
After taking a diet history and discussing your child’s food allergies, we will work together to devise a nutritional plan that is compliant with your child’s food allergies, meets his nutritional needs, and includes food he enjoys eating.
We provide guidance on what ingredients you need to be wary of on food labels. We point you to the many different resources and support groups that are available for children with food allergies. And we’re always a phone call away from answering any questions you may have.
Over time we check in to see how your child is doing with his allergy and personalized plan and to monitor his weight and growth. Sometimes children outgrow their food allergy, and can have that food re-introduced in their diet. We discuss, with her pediatrician’s guidance, the available options, always keeping in mind the best interests and health of your child.