Are allergies going up or are more kids being diagnosed with illnesses that cause incessant sneezing, wheezing, breathlessness, migraine, headaches, rash, runny nose, sinus pain, vomiting, and itchy eyes, ears, lips, throat and mouth? Research indicates that food allergies in children rose by 50% in the last 10 years. So it’s no wonder parents are searching for ways to minimize the risk of allergies in their kids.
Here’s what you can you do:
Limit packaged foods. You can always reduce the number of processed foods your child is taking. Fresh fruits and vegetables are always a good way to ensure your child receives the nutrients required for his/her growth.
Introduce new foods. You can introduce new foods to your child frequently and watch carefully for symptoms, such as a rash, unexplained congestion, hives, swelling, itching, vomiting or difficulty breathing. Your child stands a better chance of outgrowing a food allergy if you identify it early and avoid repeated exposure.
Check ingredients. Whatever’s there in the kitchen, check the ingredients to ensure your child is not exposed to the risk of an allergen. If you have a family history of allergies of certain items, check to see if your child is reacting to the same.