How To Deal With A New Food Allergy

by Nicole on October 10, 2011 · 0 comments

in Allergies

New Food Allergy Solutions

If your child has just been diagnosed with a new food allergy, you have a long and sometimes difficult road ahead of you. The first few days helping your child adjust to the new diagnosis can be the most challenging. Here are a few things you need to do.

First, you should seek a second opinion, just to be sure that the allergy diagnosis is correct. There is always a possibility of a false positive, as your doctor should have told you. If your child’s doctor doesn’t ask for follow up tests, then you need to ask for them.

One way to do this follow up test is to have your child go on an elimination diet. If you eliminate the foods under doctor supervision and your child’s reactions stop, then you probably have an accurate diagnosis. You can also have an allergist confirm the results with repeat testing.

Once you are certain of the diagnosis, you are going to have to teach your child how to avoid trigger foods. This is challenging. If your child can read, teach her how to find the ingredients on labels and what to look for. If your child is too young to read, chances are you will be with her when she is presented with a new food, or a teacher or other adult will be. You must then learn to read labels. Remember, it is best to read the label every time you buy a food item, because ingredients can change.

Help your child find substitute food items for foods he loves that he can no longer have. This will help you with half of the battles that come with food allergies and giving up a loved food item.

If your child’s reaction is strong, you need to have an EpiPen handy at all times. If your child goes to school or daycare, make sure they have a current one and know how to use it. This will save your child’s life if there is a severe reaction. Keep antihistamines handy as well for more minor reactions.

Above all, make sure that anyone who cares for your child knows about the allergy and what to do if there is a reaction. Food allergies can be a life or death situation. It is your job as a parent to inform those who have responsibility for your child about the new food allergy.

About Nicole

Nicole Harms is a freelance writer and a busy mom to two preschool daughters. She received a bachelor’s degree in education from Maranatha Baptist Bible College, but after four years in the classroom she turned in the chalk for the virtual pen. When not researching or writing she is busy chasing her two daughters around or traveling.

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