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Does anyone have data on food allergies and behavioral disorders?

Does anyone have data on food allergies and behavioral disorders?

No direct effect: There is no good scientific data that food allergies are a direct cause of behavioral problems. Children who are sick from consuming food that they are allergic to may also have behavioral problems, such as children with eczema that is aggravated by different foods may be irritable because of the itching. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Zacharisen
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Food Allergy (Definition)

Allergies usually mean there is a response like diarrhea, vomiting, hives, or anaphylaxis when that food is eaten. Other allergies can be more subtle and lead to chronic congestion, headaches, eczema, rashes, constipation, etc. Best answer- if concerned about a particular food eliminate it from your diet and see how you respond. You can ...Read more


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Can a child outgrow a food allergy?

Can a child outgrow a food allergy?

Yes, depends: About 20% of children will have peanut allergy resolve but only about 7% of those with nut allergy. For egg and milk, about 80% of children will have resolution around age 6. If the reaction were very severe, allergy skin tests strongly positive or allergy blood tests very high, the likelihood of resolution diminishes. ...Read more

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What to do if my child has severe food allergies?

What to do if my child has severe food allergies?

Discover, avoid : Food allergies vary in their intensity. If you are allergic, your body reacts to it in various ways.Skin tests can be positive and the blood can show elevated antibody levels. Elevated ige is important and means a major reaction is possible.Those foods must be avoided.If skin tests show some reaction but ige levels are low, the food may be tolerated. Discuss which foods to avoid with your allerg. ...Read more

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Child with multiple severe food allergies, what to do?

Child with multiple severe food allergies, what to do?

See an allergist: Food allergies can be life threatening. It frequently takes a team of an allergist and nutritionist to manage food allergies and to find a diet that is proper for growth and development. Currently, the treatment for food allergies is avoidance, however, there are clinical trials evaluating desensitization procedures. Your local allergist will know who to contact. ...Read more

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How can I find a good diet for a child with severe food allergies?

How can I find a good diet for a child with severe food allergies?

Use your resources: A consultation with a dietician may be immensely helpful; call a local hospital and ask to speak with a dietitian to determine if they have an outpatient program or know of someone in your area who offers such services. There are many web-based resources, and web sites that will give you a list of foods or recipes you can purchase from them that are safe for your given combo of allergies. ...Read more

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What is the earliest age a child can be tested for food allergies?

What is the earliest age a child can be tested for food allergies?

By 6 months of age!: Ige allergy antibodies do not cross the placenta so when present are the infant's not the mother's. But the presence of allergy antibodies on skin or in blood is not the same thing as a clinical allergic reaction. False positives are common - especially true when eczema is present. This is one area where an experienced board-certified allergist can be uniquely helpful. Be wary of igg allergy tests. ...Read more

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Can a child develop food allergies after they are several years old?

Can a child develop food allergies after they are several years old?

Age Ranges: Generally dairy and egg allergy are most common before the age of five and nuts (peanuts and tree-nuts) and seafood after the age of five. But as dr machtinger alluded to in his post, you can develop a food allergy at any age. ...Read more

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My child has food allergies. What is the best way to explain it to the other kids?

My child has food allergies. What is the best way to explain it to the other kids?

Dangerous: Tell them that he is sensitive to certain foods and he has to avoid them , otherwise it will make him really sick! he has to bring a special injection kit in case this happen to save his life. ...Read more

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How can I help my child's food allergies, without know exactly what he is allergic to?

How can I help my child's food allergies, without know exactly what he is allergic to?

Consult an allergist: An allergist can help you by carefully evaluating your child's history of potential reactions to foods, and selecting the appropriate testing to confirm the clinical impression of allergy. It is also possible that your child does not have any food allergies at all. ...Read more

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Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Nutrition (Definition)

Nutrition is the synergistic combination of nutrients found in food and water that allows the human body to perform all essential ...Read more