Child Food Allergies & Intolerances
Last Updated: 10th November 2022 · Written by Donna Mastriani
Anyone who has any, will know that raising kids is a hard enough job as it is, without having to deal with any food allergies they may have. When your child has to avoid certain foods to stay healthy, it can make feeding them a little tricky, so we’ve thrown together a few frequently asked questions on the subject, to help you deal with the problem.
Knowing that your youngster has an allergy can be a scary thing, but it’s a lot less scary when you know how to deal with it when it arises. However, today, we look at prevention, rather than treatment, as it’s a lot better to avoid the problem.
When an allergic reaction to egg occurs, it can be sudden and potentially dangerous. Avoiding it sounds pretty easy, until you realise just how many things use egg in the recipe. So, you need to know what the alternatives are, or you’ll instantly have a much smaller range of foods to offer your kids.
The good news is that there are plenty of other options to allow you to offer a more varied diet to the precious ones in your life. Root vegetables and mashed fruit can serve as a suitable substitute for eggs, as can chia seeds and a specific mixture of oil, water and baking powder.
Those with an intolerance to cow’s milk can choose from a number of natural alternatives. Milk made from rice, almonds, coconuts and soy, all represent healthy lactose free choices. The same can be said for cheeses and margarines, as there are a variety of alternatives available from major supermarkets.
Other Food Allergens
There will be a certain amount of checking ingredient tables on the side of packaged foods when protecting your children from specific constituent food substances. Allergies and intolerances come in many shapes and forms and aside from those mentioned above, other common ones include peanuts, soy, wheat, fish, shellfish and tree nuts.
If your child is particularly young, then an intolerance to milk can be a bit of a problem. Fortunately, the major producers of infant formula like Aptamil and Cow & Gate all have lactose-free options.
Armed With Knowledge
If your child appears to be suffering with a food intolerance, but you’ve not been able to narrow things down, there is a simple way to check. At LifeLab Testing, we provide blood testing services that are easy to complete and within reach of everyone’s budget. For just £99, you can have your child screened for over 40 different allergens found in food.
We know our stuff too, as we are BANT registered and full members of the scientific community. It is a status we are very proud of and one that guarantees our customers the highest standards of service.
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