If I had a penny for every person that told me they are ‘allergic’ to something, I would be a billionaire!
We know now that there is a big difference between food intolerance & food allergy
An allergy is when the the immune system reacts to a harmless food and an intolerance is when the body has a chemical reaction to a food
The symptoms of a food allergy or intolerance may sometimes be similar, but food intolerance does not involve the immune system and does not cause severe allergic reactions like anaphylaxis.
The danger of this misunderstanding is that it leads to people avoiding certain foods unnecessarily, which is particularly significant in children.
As a mother, I totally understand that if something made my child ill, my gut instinct would be to avoid that thing and anything like it!
However we now know that that this CAUSES allergy.
Yes, that’s right, there is research now to show that avoiding giving your child common allergic foods can dramatically increase their chances of developing food allergy.
A recent study found Jewish children in the UK 10 times more likely to develop a peanut allergy than the Jewish children in Israel…. the theory is that they are regularly exposed to a common peanut snack called Bumba at a very early age? Yes most likely!
Although early clinical practice guidelines recommended delaying the introduction of peanut and other allergenic foods in children, this may have in fact contributed to the dramatic increase in the prevalence of food allergy in recent decades.
We now recommend that you introduce your child to solids between 4-6 months of age depending on their development and ability to sit and eat effectively.
Do not rub food on your child’s skin, as this is not a reliable indicator of allergy and we now also know that a child can become sensitised to a food through their skin, so no food based products, creams or lotions on the skin!
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