Children and Allergy

 

Allergy is becoming a more common problem. It is caused by our bodies over reacting to substances which in most people are quite safe.

Allergies affect children in many ways, from reactions to foods such as nuts, egg, dairy or fish, or developing asthma, eczema, nose and bowel symptoms.

Up to 10% of children are affected by food allergies, with most allergies disappearing over time.

Some children go on to develop other allergic conditions, such as asthma, eczema and allergic rhinitis (also known as hay fever or “sinus”), which can cause long-standing poor health, absence from school, and stress on families.

Allergy to foods needs to be distinguished from food intolerance. Food intolerance is a non-immune condition, where some people have reactions to natural or added chemicals in the foods they eat.

Food intolerance can cause a range of symptoms, such as headaches, behaviour problems, nasal symptoms, mouth ulcers, reflux, colic, irritable bowel syndrome, eczema and hives, amongst other problems.