If you have a child with a food allergy, it can be very difficult. You have to be ultra careful about the food that you give your child, and have to be constantly vigilant.
Not doing so, can result in a life threatening reaction. Fortunately, most of the people you and your family come into contact will realise the seriousness of the situation. Generally, people are supportive and sympathetic. They accept that real danger exists and show at least some level of understanding when a parent tells them about their child’s allergy.
When it comes to food intolerances people are less understanding. They do not see it as a particularly serious issue because it is rarely a life threatening condition like a full-blown food allergy is.
However, at Pea Pie Baby having brought up a child with food intolerances we do understand and have put together this simple post to help you to cope if your child is suffering from food sensitivity. This is a basic list of things that you can do to get a diagnosis, along with the steps you need to take to protect your child’s health.
Getting an accurate diagnosis
If you think that your child is intolerant of a food, remove it from their diet and consult a doctor. Follow the doctor’s advice about double-checking your suspicions. There is no point in denying your child a whole food group without knowing for sure that they are intolerant of that food. You need to establish whether they are genuinely sensitive to that food with the help of a medical profession.
Bear in mind that sometimes a child who is dangerously allergic to a food may only have a mild reaction the very first time they eat it. The next time they eat it their adverse reaction can be a lot strong and can prove fatal, so if your child reacts badly to a food always, always take notice and get the reason behind their reaction checked out by a doctor.
Once you know which foods your child is sensitive to you need to remove them from their diet. This sounds easy, but it can get complicated if your child is sensitive to ingredients like wheat because that ingredient is in so many other foods. Just have a look at this list of hidden wheat in foods to get a feel for just how complicated things can get.
Try not to be overwhelmed by the list. In reality, you soon remember the list and get used to shopping to avoid the foods that contain that ingredient.
The first time you go around the supermarket it will take you a while to find products that are free of the ingredient your child is sensitive to. But, next time you go shopping it will be much easier because you will have already found many of the basics once. This means that you will only need to check the ingredient list of any extras that you buy.
Explain the issue to others
After a few weeks, restricting your child’s diet at home is not a big issue. However, it can get challenging once your child goes to school or visits friends and families. The only way you can keep your child away from the foods that they should not eat is to tell the school, the party host or family what your child cannot eat. As they get older take the time to educate your child about the foods that they need to avoid.