Food allergies

The popular adage goes: “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade”, albeit this is much easier said than done.  For any parent with a child plagued with allergies, their “lemon” (the allergy), is not exactly prime choice by any standards. This brings me to the notion that as parents, we all wish God could have given each and everyone of us the ability to hand-select which traits our kids inherit from us. If we had the ability to control that, we would all make sure none of our kids inherit a less desirable feature like food allergies.

A child with parents who have allergies is more susceptible to having allergies than a child with allergy free parents.

It is paramount to work with your child’s pediatrician if you or your spouse have a family history of allergies. This might help avert some misdiagnosis that could easily be allergy related. The good news is that most children usually outgrow their allergies as early as age one. We often overlook the fact that when nursing, all that we eat directly affects our child.

What is a food allergy?

A food allergy is a reaction that occurs when the immune system identifies a particular food as a threat and reacts adversely to it thus generating some unpleasant side effects which in very severe cases can sometimes be deadly.

Some of the most common allergy trigger foods are:

–       Cows milk protein

–       Eggs

–       Wheat

–       Peanuts

–       Soy

–       Shellfish

–       Nuts

–       Fish

–       Berries

–       Corn

–       Sesame seeds

–       Peas

–       Beans

–       Chocolate

Common symptoms of food allergy

–       Running nose and eyes

–       Headache

–       Diarrhea

–       Vomiting

–       Wheezing

–       Hives

–       Skin rash (other than eczema)

–       Swollen lips and eyelids

–       Abdominal pain

–       Eczema

–       Anaphylactic shock ( extremely severe cases)

Diagnosing a food allergy

Working with your child’s pediatrician ,the most effective method is simply to eliminate all suspected foods from his/her diet until all the symptoms disappear. Reintroduce foods one at a time, and once you notice an allergic reaction, it will be easy to pinpoint the culprit trigger food.

Is every food reaction a food allergy?

Not all adverse reactions to food are an allergy. A bad reaction can sometimes be caused by an enzyme deficiency. For example children with a lactase deficiency will be unable to digest the milk sugar lactose and thus react badly to milk products and milk. In the same way, a child with celiac disease will not be able to digest gluten, therefore reacts badly to all grains that have this substance.

At Yummy Spoonfuls, we know our babies’ immune systems are not fully developed thus more likely to become sensitized to common allergens.

So our meals are GLUTEN FREE, DAIRY FREE, and STRICTLY VEGETARIAN to help alleviate allergen related worries and make feeding of babies an enjoyable fun loving experience.

We continue to sustain our business due to wonderful recommendations from parents who have tried and love our products. Many thanks for spreading the word about us and for making us your kitchen away from home.

If you would like to earn free food for your child by becoming a Yummy Spoonfuls Ambassador please contact us at info@yummyspoonfuls.com or 678-464-3103 for more details.

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