Is your kid experiencing stomach pains, diarrhea and has hives around the mouth? Most likely your child is suffering from food allergy. Food allergy is a condition that affects most children below the age of five years. Food allergy is as a result of the immune system treating a specific type of food as a pathogen. This leads to the body releasing anti-bodies (immunoglubin) and in turn triggers the release of histamine in the body. Histamine affects the body cells leading to allergic reactions. Below are some of the three worst foods known to cause food allergy in most children.
Foods Associated With Food Allergy In Children
About 2.7% of the children under five years are allergic to eggs. They may be allergic to the white which surrounds the egg yolk or the yolk itself. others tend to be allergic to the entire egg.
Allergy to eggs can be seen in the child’s body through the development of hives on the parts that have come in contact with the egg. Swelling of the face especially the lips and the eyes is also common. In extremely severe cases, there might be difficult in breathing and diarrhea.
Children stop developing complications related to egg allergy after the age of five.
Milk is also known to affect most children today. Children tend to be allergic to either whey or casein found in goat, cow or sheep milk. Allergy in milk leads to the development of skin rashes around the mouth, nausea, diarrhea and stomach pains. Children who are more sensitive to milk can develop severe coughing and difficulty in breathing.
Most children tend to outgrow milk allergy when they reach the age of five.
Allergy to peanuts tends to develop at the infant stage and continues to manifest itself even when one grows old. Exposure to foods that contain peanuts or foods that have other types of nuts at a very tender age can also cause food allergy.
Symptoms of peanut allergy tend to develop once a child comes in contact with the peanuts. Hives tend to develop in the area of contact and other parts of the body. The child tends to develop abdominal pains and often vomits after eating peanuts or food that contains nuts. Peanut allergy can also be accompanied by difficulty in breathing and wheezing in severe cases.
Treatment of food allergies
Food allergy at an infant stage if not treated early can cause nasal allergies and asthma. Most children who suffer from milk allergy have been found to develop allergy to beef in the future. Below are ways you can treat food allergy:
- Discontinue the child from eating the food that causes the allergic reactions.
- Administer antihistamine to relieve symptoms of allergic reactions.
- Inject your child with adrenaline using an auto injector to relieve the effects of histamine.
It is advisable for parents who see symptoms of food allergy in their children to treat them immediately. This will help reduce the development of other complications such as asthma that may affect the child in future.