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Food Allergies + Intolerances 

There are a variety of allergens that may be causing your childs distressing symptoms. It is important to get a thorough food analysis and comprehensive assessment is done if you suspect an allergy or intolerance. We can help! 

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Is it a food intolerance or food allergy?

A food intolerance is not the same as a food allergy. Here's how to tell the difference.

A food allergy:

  • is a reaction by your immune system (your body's defence against infection). Your immune system mistakenly treats proteins found in food as a threat

  • can trigger allergy symptoms, such as a rash, wheezing and itching, after eating just a small amount of the food (these symptoms usually happen quickly)

  • is often to particular foods. Common food allergies in adults include fish and shellfish and nut allergies. Common food allergies in children include milkeggs, fish, peanuts and other nuts 

  • can be life-threatening

A food intolerance:

  • does not involve your immune system – there is no allergic reaction, and it is never life-threatening

  • causes symptoms that happen gradually, often a few hours after eating the problem food

  • only results in symptoms if you eat a substantial amount of the food (unlike an allergy, where just traces can trigger a reaction)

  • can be caused by many different foods

 

A food intolerance is difficulty digesting certain foods and having an unpleasant physical reaction to them. 

It causes symptoms, such as bloating and tummy pain, which usually happen a few hours after eating the food.

The number of people who believe they have a food intolerance has risen dramatically over recent years, but it's hard to know how many people are truly affected. Many people assume they have a food intolerance when the true cause of their symptoms is something else.

What are the symptoms of food intolerance?

In general, people who have a food intolerance tend to experience:

  • stomach pain, bloating, wind and/or diarrhoea 

  • skin rashes and itching

These symptoms usually happen a few hours after eating the food.

It can be difficult to know whether you have a food intolerance as these are general symptoms that are typical of many other conditions.

Is there a food intolerance test?

A number of companies produce food intolerance tests, but these tests are not based on scientific evidence and are not recommended by the British Dietary Association (BDA).

The best way of diagnosing a food intolerance is to monitor your symptoms and the foods you eat. See what happens when you cut out the suspected food for a while, and then reintroduce it into your diet.

How to tell if your child has a food allergy

Signs of an allergic reaction include:

  • diarrhoea or vomiting

  • a cough

  • wheezing and shortness of breath

  • itchy throat and tongue

  • itchy skin or rash

  • swollen lips and throat

  • runny or blocked nose

  • sore, red and itchy eyes

Different types of food allergies :

  • Soya

  • Peanuts

  • Milk

  • Wheat

  • Eggs

  • Fish (bass, flounder and cod)

  • Shellfish (crab, crayfish, lobster and shrimp)

  • Tree nuts (almonds, walnuts and pecans)

  • Oral allergy syndrome