In recent years, more and more doctors, as is the case of Dr. William Sears, a pediatrician in San Clemente, California, met with countless cases of asthma and eczema. Dairy and wheat are the main causes, but experts believe that there are other factors that can contribute to the development of sensitivity to food, as well as synthetic additives such as hydrogenated oils and artificial colorings, flavorings, sweeteners and genetically modified ingredients.
Without diagnosis and proper treatment, food intolerances can lead over time to damage, notifies Sears, author of The Book N.D.D. = About nutritional deficiency (Little, Brown, 2009), who treats the disorder called by him nutritional deficiency (the nutrition deficiency disease).
if your child has a reaction to something in the food, the first step is to look for the reason. “Many parents suspect the reason,” says Kelly Dorfman, LND, author of What your child eats? (Workman publishing, 2011). Turn yourself into a “Detective of nutrition,” she suggests, to see when and how the symptoms arise. Here’s a guide for assessing the evidence and finding solutions.
Possible cause: intolerance to casein, a milk protein. Casein in dairy products — which is different from human milk casein — which ends up in the breast milk or is inserted into the milk powder can irritate the intestinal wall of the developing baby Gastroesophageal disease (GERD). Later, symptoms may develop in chronic diseases such as ear infections, or constipation, Dorfman says.
What you can do: Remove dairy products from baby and mother’s diet for a week. (Eliminating dairy products from breast milk within four to five days.) For powdered milk, if it is really needed, choose a variation made with casein or whey. For the healing of the intestinal wall of the child, can manage 10 ml/day probiotic bacteria mixed in a bottle and pressed on solid food.
Possible cause: gluten intolerance (a protein in wheat and other grains) or lactose (milk sugar). Diarrhea is the way in which the gastrointestinal tract is trying to get rid of harmful substances. Therefore, the most common symptoms of intolerance to gluten and lactose are diarrhea, gas and bloating.
Lactose intolerance is usually the main cause for the enzyme that digests lactose (lactase) is rapidly inhibited when the small intestine is irritated. When you are sensitive to gluten, digesting gluten irritates the large intestine, which is why people who don’t tolerate gluten generally do not tolerate any lactose, Dorfman says. Fortunately, dairy products such as cheese and yogurt fermented have a low level of lactose, and their use is usually safe. What you can do: take a blood test to eliminate the suspicion of celiac disease; then eliminate gluten for at least a month. Although diarrhea can disappear in a week, it takes several weeks to get a clear picture of school children. “Birthdays, visits to grandparents — are situations in which it can cheat without want,” Dorfman says. “That’s why you need a longer period to trace a pattern.”
Chronic ear infections
Possible cause: milk intolerance and, in this case, some sensitivity to soy products. Some studies show that 90% of children with frequent infections or leak equalized have reactions to food, a statistic that Dorfman says. As a rule, the main suspects are dairy products. Still, about half of the people who have reactions to dairy have a reaction to soy as well, says Dorfman.
What you can do: give up dairy for a few months. However, children do not have infections weekly, that’s why it takes a longer period to create a causal connection. Recommend removing soy milk, says Dorfman, soy yogurt, and the tofu, but he adds, that people should avoid processed foods because many of them contain secondary byproducts from soybean.
Eczema or skin irritation with itching
possible cause: the reaction to a combination of gluten, casein (dairy products), eggs and what Dorfman calls “wide range” of citrus (oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, lemons, strawberries, and pineapple).
What you can do: Ask an allergist to do a blood test IgE-alergo radio-a (RAST) of your child. As an irritation with itching of the skin suggests a histaminic reaction, blood tests can be more effective here than they are in identifying food sensibility.
possible cause: sensitivity to artificial colors, or even sugar. In the opinion of Sears, blood brains barrier is not yet very developed in children, as they are more vulnerable to the neurotoxic effects of chemical additives in food, artificial colorings and monosodium glutamate (GMS).
A 2007 British study of six colors associated with a food possible hyperactivity in children. As a result, the European Union has established itself as the majority of the foods that contain food dyes to mention this on the labels. Pay attention to the intake of sugar; some children are hypersensitive to sweet products literally. What you can do: Buy organic products; by definition, organic products do not contain artificial colors. If you don’t have access to organic produce, check labels for identification of synthetic food dyes based on approved oil for food use. To avoid excessive consumption of sugar, read the list of ingredients, not just the table with nutritional factors, which combine natural additions of sugar with the synthetic nutrient intake for all. Words like corn syrup high content of fructose, sucrose, glucose, fructose, sugar from sugar beet syrup, all indicate the added sugar.
Continued agitated state
possible cause: gluten intolerance. Gluten sensitivity is associated exclusively with the classic digestive upset, but recent studies associated with neurological symptoms, which can range from change of mood in the cornice of the head pain, ADHD and loss of coordination.
What you can do: Remove gluten from the diet for a month to make the connection between mood and food. There may be other reasons for the anxiety of children; but, if the reason is related to food, says Dorfman, children will often consume to excess food they exactly those causes problems.
Small or very picky eater
possible cause: Sensitivity to gluten, or zinc deficiency. Because gluten intolerance interferes with absorption of nutrients, children who suffer from these disorders often do not develop. “Small-either height or weight is a classic symptom of celiac disease,” says Dorfman. Zinc may be another factor: it is a mineral that normalizes appetite and, through its relationship with growth hormones, contributing to the development of the body. If the level of zinc in the body is low, child care can be slowed down, with up to 5% or less compared to standard charts of weight and height. In this case, a child may feel that rarely is hungry, it can be very picky about food, or you can cry as the food tastes like “weird,” says Dorfman.
What you can do: Remove gluten from the diet for a month. Ask him to conduct a pediatric blood analysis in order to verify the level of zinc, or buy a test online for zinc sulfate. Once you taste the mix of sulfate, the child may declare that it does not feel anything (which indicate a vitamin deficiency) or has bad taste (no deficiency). Among zinc-rich foods include beans, pumpkin seeds, cashew nuts.