In this article you will find food allergies for children. You can avoid these foods during their meal. Some children are more likely than others to have an allergic reaction trigged by a particular food. An estimate one in ten children is prone to an allergy. Although many will grow out of it by the time they are 2 years old, others will have a sensitivity to eggs, milk, flour or shell fish for whole life.
Current UK government guidelines suggest that infants with a strong family history of allergy should be breastfeed for at least six months or longer than that. This will provide them with antibodies to stop the allergies problem.
Trigger Foods: These foods are causes food allergies in children like, soya products, fish specially shellfish , sesame seeds, eggs, peanuts and other nuts which should not be given before 12 months.
Peanuts and other nuts: Be aware that peanuts can cause some of the most serious kinds of allergic reactions in children. Furthermore the peanuts are covered with salt, which is harmful for babies and children. This peanuts also have choking problem in children. Only women with history of food allergies, asthma or eczema in themselves, their partners or existing children need to avoid peanuts and peanut products during their pregnancy and when breastfeeding.
Symptoms: Anaphylactic shock, a particularly severe and frightening reaction in which the throat swells and breathing gets difficult.
Foods to avoid: Peanuts, peanut butter and unrefined peanut oil. The oil is the most difficult to detect because it is found in many ready meals and doubt about anything, do not eat it. Do not offer peanuts in any form to a children under 3 years old if there is family history of peanut allergy. This also cause choking problem. Some tree nuts have same problem in allergic children. So ask your GP or paediatric doctor for all details about this allergy.
Alternatives:Home-made meals, cakes and biscuits.
So you should be sure about ingredients.
If you have no family history of nut allergy, then finally ground almonds or hazelnuts may be mixed into baby foods from age of 9 to 12 months. Finely ground peanuts may be offered from 12 months.
Gluten allergy: Mostly gluten is found in wheat. Gluten is a protein that found in wheat, barley, rye, and oats.
Symptoms: Sensitivity to gluten cause colic disease like wind in stomach or stomach pain. Weight loss.
In a small number of babies, when the intestine comes into contact with gluten an allergic reaction occurs in its lining. The lining becomes smooth, preventing nutrients from being properly absorbed, and this is associated with a permeant intolerance to gluten.
Foods that can be avoid: contain gluten, such as bread, pasta, rusks etc should never be given to babies under six months. Nowadays supermarkets have gluten free bread, pasta and biscuits.
Alternatives: Rice cakes instead of bread, rice or corn noodles. Instead of wheat pasta, rice or corn (maize) cereals for breakfast, and buckwheat, millet or sorghum flour. Gluten free bread is available in all supermarkets. If your family have history about gluten allergies then Doctor will suggest to eat more oats, rye and barley from 9 months and wheat from 12 months under close supervision.
Eggs allergy: Symptoms: Rashes or eczema, skin swellings and tummy upsets.
Foods to avoid: Eggs ( egg white) cakes, some breads and pastries.
Alternative for eggs is not available.
Tomatoes: Symptoms: Rashes or eczema, and more possibilities towards hyperactivity. Because it contains salicylic acids which irritates the stomach.
Foods to avoid: Tomatoes, tomato ketchup, passata (is an uncooked tomato puree that has been strained of seeds and skins.) canned tomatoes.
Alternatives: Chopped carrots, red peppers, ground mild paprika will add color to dishes. If you have a family history of this allergy, do not introduce tomatoes until your child has reached at least 9 months.
Citrus fruit and strawberries allergy: Symptoms: Rashes or eczema.
Foods to avoid: Fresh oranges, satsuma, orange lollies, fruit yoghurts, squash.
Alternatives: Banana, pears, plums, apricots, dried fruits, apple juice to drink.
Some children are allergic to strawberries, so watch closely the first few times that you give them to your child.
Shellfish and fish allergies: This allergies tend to be highest where fish is eaten frequently. Fish allergies mainly affect to children while shellfish allergy affect n adults. After egg, milk and now seafood is the third leading allergy.