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Food allergies and intolerances

When your child starts on solid foods it can be a fun time, but it can also come with a degree of worry, particularly if your little one is allergic to certain foods.
Food allergies and intolerances
Dr. Michbhl Loubser, a Specialist Pediatrician and clinical immunologist/allergist, separates the myths and realities when it comes to allergies below.
The causes of allergies:
A food allergy may occur with any food, but eight food groups account for around 90 percent of cases: eggs (white), milk, peanuts, wheat, soy, tree nuts and fish. Here, in the Middle East, sesame and chickpea are important allergens to take into consideration.
Your little one may outgrow allergy to cow’s milk, egg and soya by late childhood. However, allergies to nuts, peanuts, fish and shellfish tend to be life-long.
Don’t think about changing your diet during pregnancy and don’t delay introducing certain foods to your little one. There is no scientific proof that doing either reduces the risk of your baby developing an allergy.

How to treat allergies

Based upon the history of the reaction, an allergist should be able to determine which food or foods are causing the allergic reaction. A detailed assessment is necessary in order to establish if the reactions are truly allergic or are caused by another mechanism that may not be immune mediated.
If food allergy is diagnosed, the doctor should recommend that you carry an epinephrine auto-injector. Always remember, anyone who takes care of your baby; nannies, babysitters, relatives or daycare pals know about the allergy and what foods to avoid.

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