Child Allergies

Child Allergies Signs: Causes Of Food Intolerance & Common Allergies and Symptoms From Food

Childhood allergies to peanuts, dairy, wheat, food colors, etc... are a main cause of illness in the United States.

Millions of kids and adults have some kind of allergy and the list is growing each year. We are bombarded with chemicals in our house, our work places, and our food. I believe this chemical mixture is the underpinning of many adult and children's allergies.

How many kids are misdiagnosed and labeled as being "bad", or "out of control"? How may kids are being unjustly punished because of an unknown food allergy?

For Parents Of Allergic Children

In the most simple of terms, the causes of food allergies is an overreaction of the immune system when we come into contact with, or consume something. Our bodies recognize this allergen as a threat and overreacts. This overreaction manifests itself as symptoms that can range from just a slight annoyance to life threatening.

Our bodies go into survival, or protection mode, and start to produce histamine and antibodies called immunoglobulin E (IgE). We then have an allergic reaction to these chemicals and they manifest themselves in our bodies as itching, burning, cramps, stomach aches, headaches, etc...

Allergy reactions can be brought on by food, the environment, or seasonal allergies such high pollen counts in Spring.

Kids with food allergies need to be monitored closely because the reactions can be dangerous. Anyone can get allergies at any time, regardless of age, race, or environment. Allergies can be hereditary but just because your parents or children may be allergic to something doesn't mean you will develop allergic reactions. 

How to Know the Differences In Child Allergies

As a parent, it's not all that easy to decipher whether our children are showing signs of food allergies or if it's a simple cold.

It all seems to be the same. A good rule of thumb is to remember that a normal cold will last about 7 - 10 days while allergy symptoms in children can last much longer. The younger the child the more you can suspect a cold rather than seasonal allergies. 

My daughter was coughing and wheezing for over 1 month until we learned she had a plastic allergy. We severely restricted her contact with plastic and within 3 - 4 days her symptoms disappeared. 

There are many things that may cause allergic reactions in children but here are some the biggest offenders, often called the "Big 8":

  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Milk/diary - Dairy is more of a category than an ingredient but it's still something to look at.
  • Peanuts
  • Shellfish
  • Soybean (soy products)
  • Tree nuts
  • Wheat

The most common allergy symptoms in children are:

  • Abdominal pain (intestinal pain)
  • Congestion (sinus problem)
  • Diarrhea
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Hives
  • Itchy skin (eczema)
  • Mouth and/or abdominal tingling
  • Nausea 
  • Rapid heart beat
  • Rash
  • Red or bloodshot eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Skin redness (flushing)
  • Swelling of lips, tongue, face and/or throat 
  • Vomiting
  • Wheezing

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In severe cases with child allergies the victim can get Anaphylaxis shock which is very dangerous. It's a life-threatening emergency that requires immediate medical attention. Many times those that are susceptible to Anaphylaxis shock will carry epinephrine, sometimes called an EpiPen.

This gives the person a shot of adrenaline and offers enough time to get him to the emergency room. 

Anaphylaxis symptoms can include:

  • Difficulty in breathing. The victim may have a swollen throat or airway making it difficult to breathe.
  • Facial flush
  • Lightheadedness 
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Severe drop in blood pressure
  • Stomach pain

Allergy Symptoms vs Cold Symptoms

They're not always easy to know but here's a quick list to recognize some of the differences between allergy vs cold symptoms. It might be an allergy if:

  • A fever and body aches are normally not signs of an allergy
  • Your child was fine but now he/she exhibits some of the symptoms listed above
  • Your child's eyes, nose, and throat are sore but not necessarily the body
  • Your child is older than 2 years 
  • It happens about the same time each year
  • It lasts more than 7 days
  • There's itching in a particular area
  • There's nasal discharge is clear
  • The symptoms always "persist"
  •  You have a history of family allergies

If you think your son or daughter is exhibiting child allergies, food intolerance symptoms, or other unrelated symptoms, it's best to talk to your doctor or allergist. Another avenue is a chiropractor who practices Applied Kinesiology or muscle testing.

These kinds of allergy symptoms can be potentially life threatening due to Anaphylactic shock so it's best to get professional help. The doctor, allergist, or chiropractor can perform a series of tests to determine the root cause of the allergy and treat it accordingly.

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