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Signs Of Food Intolerance In Children

by Tatiana Plesco
Food Intolerance In Children

In recent years, more and more doctors, as is the case of Dr. William Sears, a pediatrician in San Clemente, California, met with countless examples of asthma and eczema. Dairy and wheat are the leading causes. Experts believe that other factors 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).


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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 reacts to something in the food, look for a reason. “Many parents suspect the reason,” says Kelly Dorfman, L.N.D., 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 added into the milk powder can irritate the intestinal wall of the developing baby Gastroesophageal disease (GERD). Later, symptoms may develop in chronic conditions 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 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.

 Chronic diarrhea

Possible cause: gluten intolerance (a protein in wheat and other grains) or lactose (milk sugar). Diarrhea is how 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 leading cause for the enzyme that digests lactose (lactase) 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 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 react 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 more extended 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-allergy radio-a (RAST) of your child. As an irritation with itching of the skin suggests a histaminic reaction, blood tests can be more useful here than they are in identifying food sensibility.


 Possible cause: sensitivity to artificial colors, or even sugar. The blood-brain 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 (G.M.S.).

A British study of artificial colors associated these chemicals with possible hyperactivity in children. 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, natural products do not contain artificial colors. If you don’t have access to organic produce, check labels for the 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 related to neurological symptoms, which can range from a change of mood in the cornice of the head pain, ADHD, and loss of coordination.

Food intolerance in children

Food intolerance in children

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 purpose 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 the 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 specialist to conduct a pediatric blood analysis 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 defect). Among zinc-rich foods include beans, pumpkin seeds, cashew nuts.

Updated 12/11/2019

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