Recognizing & dealing with childhood food allergy & intolerance.

Although the prevalence of food allergy and intolerance is increasing, so to is our knowledge involving the reasons behind why many of these reactions occur, how to avoid them, and how nutrition and supplement protocols can help with symptoms.

A true allergy is an abnormal immune reaction to a generally innocuous substance. True food allergies only affect about 1-2% of the population, and involve the release of IgE antibodies accompanied by swelling, rash, hives, breathing difficulties, GI upset, &/or anaphylactic shock occurring within 1 hour of ingestion or exposure to the food. Copy and paste the following link from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) into your browser to learn more: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/fssa/labeti/allerg/nutnoie.shtml.

What most people experience is not true food allergy, but a delayed immune response (not involving IgE antibodies) from eating a certain food. The reaction can take several days to surface, thus it is difficult to pin-point the cause. Since we eat several times per day, and food is in contact with the digestive tract for long periods of time, many symptoms can occur.

Common Symptoms linked to food allergy or intolerance in children include:

Colic & irritability, diaper rash & eczema, ear infections, tonsillitis, respiratory problems & Asthma. According to the CFIA, the nine priority food allergens are peanuts, tree nuts, sesame seeds, milk, eggs, fish (including fish, crustaceans, shellfish), soy, wheat and sulphites. Many children have a self-limiting diet including several of these foods and consume them throughout the day. Symptoms will develop when the child exceeds the threshold of their tolerance level.

Refined & heavily processed foods (for example: crackers, most breads and snack foods) create imbalances because the body uses its mineral & trace mineral stores to help digest these foods, depleting enzymes, and allowing allergens into the blood stream. If the immune system is over-burdened, it too will lack enzymes to break down complexes that form when food allergens bind with human antibodies. A vicious cycle created by allergens & enzyme deficiency follows. Often, children will crave sugary foods and/or carbs… (since these affect serotonin release in the brain)… however, these foods feed undesirable gut bacteria, fueling a dys-biosis (imbalance of bacteria and yeast) in the gut, allowing more allergens in, and perpetuating the cycle!

Children have demanding, stressful schedules these days. Research has shown that more allergy symptoms appear when people are stressed, which can weaken one’s immune system overall. This effect is even more evident during the spring and fall for hay fever sufferers. Children with seasonal allergies often also suffer from true food allergies or food intolerances.

Proper food introduction for infants is also essential. Breastfeeding confers the best protection for a child, followed by the introduction (at six months of age) of hypo-allergenic vegetables, fruits, grains, and then proteins. A big mistake many people make is introducing cereal grains at 4 months of age…the digestive system is simply too immature!

By keeping a record of the child’s food intake and noting their reactions (physical, mental, emotional, digestive) throughout the day for at least 1 week, we can learn a lot about what foods are possible issues. Careful elimination (for at least 3 weeks) and then slow re-introduction of a suspected intolerant food will help determine if it is the problem. Abstaining from the food for at least 6 weeks will usually allow the digestive tract to recover, at which point, a challenge test can be done.

Did You Know

At No Allergies Please, we use state of the art equipmemt to alleviate allergy symptoms. However, it’s important for people to understand some of the reasons why their allergy symptoms may not immediately resolve:
· The offending substance has not been addressed or identified. For example we may have worked with 5 sensitivities, yet someone may have over 100 allergies.
· Internal and external stress during the first 24 hours after the session, may cause the session not to hold.
· The client is continually dehydrated.
· There may be an energetic blockage in the thyroid, causing multiple false allergies.
· Some client’s require up to 2 sessions per allergen in order to feel relief.
· The client’s immune system may require longer than normal periods of time to adapt to the sessions in order for all adverse reactions to dissipate. Stress, poor diet and insufficient sleep are common culprits.
· Any sensitivity may have a deeper emotional connection. In these situations we may have to find and address the emotional attachments associated with the allergen. Everyone is bio-chemically unique and any of the above issues may have to be addressed first before a session holds! It’s truly wonderful when clients have relief immediately; however, in other instances it takes some time and commitment on the client’s part. We live in a society where we like quick fixes, but not all situations are… we wish they were.

Have a Great Month!

Christine and John Ng
No Allergies Please
1556 Stationmaster Lane
Oakville, ON L6M3A9
(905) 825-3528

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