Food allergies in children: How to prevent them Food allergies in children: How to prevent them

Learn how to prevent and detect food allergies in children under age five.

The Upshot webpage in the New York Times discusses a trend that is starting among pregnant women. Many of them are choosing to eliminate certain foods such as seafood, dairy, and especially peanuts out of fear that their children may become intolerant or allergic to these foods.

The concern here is that that after their babies are born, they continue to abstain from eating these foods while they are breastfeeding and also do not allow their children to eat them.

The American Academy of Pediatrics, however, is now encouraging mothers to allow their children who are under age five to eat all types of foods in order to identify which ones may cause allergic reactions, and therefore be able to find out how to treat their symptoms.

Learn the warning signs

Skin problems: Hives (reddish patches on the skin that resemble mosquito bites), reddish lesions that cause itching (eczema, also called atopic dermatitis), and swelling.

Difficulties breathing: Sneezing, breathing problems, and tightness in the throat.

Circulatory symptoms: Pale skin, dizziness, and in some cases, a loss of consciousness.

Stomach symptoms: Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.

The good news is that these types of issues are often overcome in early childhood. In order to provide a detailed follow-up of the potential dietary complications that a child can experience in their first few years of life, it is important to see a pediatrician or allergist.

Learn more:  Kids in the spotlight of healthy eating.