Most Common Food allergies in Children

Allergies - (on December 18, 2014 02:05 AM)

Food Allergy is an undesirable response produced by immune system of our body and these responses may be destructive, painful, itchy or occasionally fatal for our health.


 

Statistics on Food Allergies in children:

Generally food allergies can develop in any age, but is most common in less than 5 year of age. In United States study shown that every 1 out of 13 children (under 18 year) affected by food allergies every year. Center for Disease Control and prevention report says, Food allergies in children rapidly increased approximately 50% in last two decades in United States and also in developing countries.

 

The number of allergic people is increasing day by day and there is no clear answer yet, why food allergies are rapidly growing in developing counties worldwide. As estimate every year $25 billion economic cost spend over children food allergies in world. According to the FDA, up to 6% of children age under 3 are affected my food allergies in United States.

 

Common foods may cause food allergies in children:

According to researches, generally eight foods are caused above 90% food allergies in children in last two decades. These foods are here below.

Milk

Egg

Soy

Peanut

Wheat

Fish

Tree nuts

Shellfish

 

Milk allergy in infant and children:

Milk allergy is most common in infant and children; it may develop in early days of children. Normally the reaction of milk allergy is mild like abdominal pain but it can be severe in some cases such as anaphylaxis. Infant who are breastfed have a lower risk of food allergy as compare to those who are formula fed. Most of the time, milk allergy goes away by the time a child is 5 year of old. If you have in doubt regarding your children is allergic to milk, immediately consult your doctor.  The best way to prevent the milk allergy is to avoid milk and milk product.

 

Symptoms of milk allergy:

Milk allergy is most common food allergy in infant and young children, when human body immune system behaves adverse reaction to milk and product containing milk. Symptoms of milk allergy will appear generally in early month of a baby. Allergic reaction with milk normally arises minute to hour after consuming the milk or any kind of milk product. Signs of an allergic reaction range from minor to severe, symptoms may be including.

Vomiting

Refusing food

Skin rashes

Colic

Gastric distress such as stomach pain

Wheeze

Diarrhea or anaphylactic reaction

 

One thing is remember, do not confused lactose intolerance with food allergy, lactose intolerance do not involve with immune system of our body. Lactose intolerance patients are incapable to digests food, it can cause discomfort but it is not life threating for the patient.

 

Egg allergy in infant and children:

Eggs are the healthiest food on earth but not for someone who are allergic with eggs and eggs relating foods. Eggs are also one of the most common food causing allergies in children, it may develop an early age of children’s. It can develop when our immune system sensitized and behaves adverse response to protein in egg yolk or egg white. Research has shown in recent year every 2 children out of 100 are affected with egg allergy in United States; happily 70 % children with an egg allergy will outgrow the condition by age 16 or above.

 

Symptoms of egg allergy:

Symptoms of egg allergy normally occur soon as eating egg or egg foods. Allergic reaction of egg white or egg yolk or egg foods are rang mild or severe; it depends on the intensity of the allergic reaction in our body’s immune system. Egg allergic reaction may be disturbing these body systems.

 

Gastrointestinal (Digestive system):

Vomiting, Nausea, Cramps, Constipation, Stomach pain, Esophagitis and Diarrhea.

Skin:

Swelling and redness on external part of body, eczema, itchy (hives), and swelling on lips and tongue (skin reactions are the most common in food allergic reactions).

Cardiovascular:

Fainting (Drop the blood flow in brain)

Respiratory:

Asthma with wheezing, Coughing, Stuffy nose and Water eyes

 

Soy allergy in infant and children:

Soy is vegetable food and using throw-out of the world for food purpose. Soy is in the legume family (beans, peas, peanut and lentils) ,it is also one of common cause of allergy in young children because of soy-beans base infant formula. Some are allergic from one type of legume and other is allergic more than one type of soy products. According to the US food and drug administration, soy proteins are the one of major cause for the allergies in children. Some clinical experience suggested that soy allergic reaction should be higher in infant and children than among adults.

 

Symptoms of soy allergy:

When infant or children take any type of soy protein than immune system of body fight against infections and over reacted to soy protein, causes allergic reaction and released the chemical ‘histamine’ which can cause in infant or children to have these type of symptoms below.

 

Skin:

Swelling and redness on external part of body, eczema, itchy (hives), and swelling on lips and tongue (skin reactions are the most common in food allergic reactions).

Gastrointestinal (Digestive system):

Constipation, Stomach pain, Vomiting, Nausea, Cramps, Esophagitis and Diarrhea.

Respiratory:

Asthma with wheezing and coughing, stuffy nose and water eyes

Cardiovascular:

Fainting (Drop the blood flow in brain) and drop of blood pressure in body.

 

Peanut allergy in infant and children:

Peanut is also one of the types of legume family. The cause of peanut allergy in infants and children is peanut base food formula available in market, and four out of 100 children are affected by food allergy in United States. Peanut allergy some time causes a fatal reaction, so when someone suffer peanut allergy reaction needs immediate medical attention for right treatment.

 

Symptoms of peanut allergy:

When an allergic person immune system release histamine that can affect a person’s lungs, cardiovascular, skin and digestive system. As early we discussed that who suffer with peanut allergic reaction needs immediate medical treatment, as we have to know about the symptoms of peanut allergy for better cure for our healthy life, so here are some symptoms are listed of peanut allergic reaction.

Mild Symptoms:

Runny nose

Vomiting and stomach cramps

Itching

Skin reaction like redness of external part of body

Severe symptoms:

Speedy pulse

Shocking drop of blood pressure

Dizziness

Swelling of throat that make difficult to breath

 

Treatment of food allergies:

You must know the reaction is mild or severe.

Food allergies are more common in those children where the family history suffer from allergy. Infants are more at risk with food allergies who affected with eczema. Best treatment of food allergies is avoiding those foods to use in the diet of an allergic patient. If you see any kind of mild signs or symptoms regarding food allergy in your children, you should go to your doctor when the allergic reaction is occurring.

 

Common food allergies in different part of the world:

 

Milk and Eggs     :               Worldwide

Mustard seeds    :               France

Peanut & Nuts    :               USA, UK & Australia

Shellfish             :               Italy and Spain

Fish                   :               Spain and Japan

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