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Can my food allergies cause my baby's nutrition to suffer?

Can my food allergies cause my baby's nutrition to suffer?

Food allergy mom: Are you pregnant or nursing? If you are, you need to get adequate nutrition despite your food allergies, or the answer could be yes. If you aren't sure you are getting enough nutrients, ask your obstetrician or pediatrician to refer you to a registered dietician. They will help you get the right nutrients to have a healthy baby. If all else fails, there are supplemental Amino Acid drinks to take. ...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


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How can my school environment affect my response to drugs and alcohol?

How can my school environment affect my response to drugs and alcohol?

School environment: Trying to be "like" one's school peers can make it very tempting to use drugs and/or alcohol, if they are. This can be a real danger to you -- especially if as my colleague warns, you might have genetic vulnerabilities for alcohol or drug abuse. Using alcohol or drugs will distract from studies & other important activities. It can also impair your concentration, mood, and ability to relate. ...Read more

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How does allergies affect your ear, nose, and mouth?

How does allergies affect your ear, nose, and mouth?

Allergy symptoms: Most people know that allergies caused by allergic antibodies (ige) can cause itchy watery eyes, nasal congestion, sneezing and clear runny nose but swelling in the nasaal cavity can also cause ear problems such as fluid build-up behind the ear drum. This can cause decrease hearing, pain or pressure, ringing and occasionally vetigo (spinning or dizziness). ...Read more

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Can change in food habit affect my anxiety disorder?

Can change in food habit affect my anxiety disorder?

No: While it is true that some foods have a lot of anxiety-causing products, like caffeine, if you suffer from an anxiety disorder, it is not from food. In reality, very few people suffer from hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar. If you do, then frequent snacks can help. But you have to keep a close eye on your blood sugar because low blood sugar can be a warning that you will get diabetes later. ...Read more

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How can sugar and caffeine affect my unborn child?

How can sugar and caffeine affect my unborn child?

Depends: Sugar intake is rather innocuous & simply a food. Babies system needs it to grow & what you don't consume your body makes & sends to baby. Caffeine is considered a category c med, animal studies showing some problems for fetuses but no long term studies on human subjects to confirm it. Occasional use is likely ok but heavy consumption may be a problem. Newborns have real pbs getting rid of it. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how food additives affect hyperactivity and an autistic 4 year old, help please!?

Can you tell me how food additives affect hyperactivity and an autistic 4 year old, help please!?

Probably somewhat: Studies vary. Certain food dyes and preservatives have been shown to increase hyperactivity in children with ADHD in some studies. Here is one recent study: http://www.jaacap.com/article/S0890-8567(11)00953-1/abstract ...Read more

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How can parents behavior and attitude affect the child?

How can parents  behavior and attitude  affect the child?

Model behavior: A child as early as 16 months will do what you do, not do what you say. If you accidentally reinforce a behavior you don't want with negative or positive attention, learn to state clearly what you expect, and what the consequence is for not complying.Consustently follow through with time-out or removal of privileges. Ignore the child's protests till consequence is done, then calmly state why. ...Read more

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Can teething cause my child to become ill?

Can teething cause my child to become ill?

No: Children experience continuous tooth eruption, on average, between six months and thirty-two months of age. Coincidentally, they lose maternal antibody protection and begin to socialize at this same time. So, it's no wonder that signs of illness, and in particular fever, runny nose, diarrhea and rashes spawned the teething myths of yore. But, don't argue with your grandmother about it ... ...Read more

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Can zyrtek cause behavioral changes, and rapid heart beat in children? Evaluating whether to give this to my son for dust mite allergy

Can zyrtek cause behavioral changes, and rapid heart beat in children?  Evaluating whether to give this to my son for dust mite allergy

See a good allergist: Zyrtec (cetirizine) is the most potent of the new antihistamines and while it is very effective as an allergy medication, it does have side-effects, although rarely seen. For instance, 10% of kids/adults have a very hard time waking up in morning if on this med, or feeling drained, tired. My family has experienced this first hand....so behavioral changes is certainly possible I expect. Talk to your allergist. ...Read more

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Can asthma affect child's behaviour?

Can asthma affect child's behaviour?

Yes: When asthma is well controlled a child with asthma can exercise and sleep well without coughing/wheezing at night. Asthma can cause difficulty breathing and lower oxygen saturation levels. A child will become tired while breathing, exercising and cough or wheeze at night. Asthma symptoms can affect the child's energy level, sleep pattern. ...Read more

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Can my son's food allergies cause fever?

Can my son's food allergies cause fever?

Not directly: Allergies do not cause fevers but secondary conditions related to allergies can cause fevers such as ear infections that resulted from fluid behind the ear drum that becomes infected. ...Read more

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How can my cat and allergic child live together?

How can my cat and allergic child live together?

Allergy to cat: The problem arises when a child does become allergic to your cat. This can be a severe problem and it is best to see an allegy specialist to examine your child and to see if there is a way to keep your cat in light of the allergy problem. ...Read more

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Can food allergy and nutrition cause adhd symptoms.

Can food allergy and nutrition cause adhd symptoms.

No.: Although you will find some doctors, who insist that they can cause ADHD symptoms, the standard, majority view -- and my view -- is that they can't. ...Read more

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My 1 year old son was diagnosed with allergy to eggs and nuts via blood test. Neither parents have such allergies. Can he grow out of those allergies?

My 1 year old son was diagnosed with allergy to eggs and nuts via blood test. Neither parents have such allergies. Can he grow out of those allergies?

He may not have them: Blood tests measure ige antibodies to a specific antigen (eg. Peanuts). However, they may or may not correlate clinically with allergies. It would be wise to consult with a board certified allergist before assuming your son is allergies. If he is, he is more likely to outgrow allergies to eggs after a few years then outgrow allergies to peanuts which he may have for a lifetime. ...Read more

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Can allergy medication cause kids to have temper tantrums?

Can allergy medication cause kids to have temper tantrums?

Yes: Most allergy medications contain antihistamines which can cause behavioral changes, including temper tantrums. Sedation is the most common side effect but paradoxical reactions including hyperactivity and irritability are possible. ...Read more

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Can a food allergy cause mental slowness/confusion? I have new food allergies (IgE testing) and trying to make sense of it all. Thanks!

Can a food allergy cause mental slowness/confusion? I have new food allergies (IgE testing) and trying to make sense of it all. Thanks!

Not likely: Many people with no food allergy will produce antibody that reacts to the food allergy panel. Thus, these tests need to be interpreted by experts who treat food allergy daily. Skin testing is often more accurate, but ones history of symptoms that follow an ingestion is critical as well. Yes, dizziness/fogginess can occur with allergy, but is transient immediately following intake. Be well! ...Read more

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Should I avoid feeding my child foods that often cause allergic reactions?

Should I avoid feeding my child foods that often cause allergic reactions?

No: I would not advise avoiding particular foods, because the vast majority of people tolerate all such foods including peanut, milk, egg, soy, wheat, and fish. I would introduce these foods at an age appropriate time as advised by your pediatrician. Delaying introduction will not lessen the chance of developing allergy. I would, of course, still delay solids until at least 4 months of age. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Zacharisen
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Food Allergy (Definition)

Results in a response like diarrhea, vomiting, hives, or anaphylaxis when certain food is eaten. Can also be more subtle and lead to chronic congestion, headaches, ...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