If you are a parent, than you are probably more than familiar with food allergies. Peanut Butter seems to be banned in every school in America these days. Some people roll their eyes while others have experienced it first hand or even have children with allergies so sever that it involved a trip to the ER. Regardless of how you feel, facts support the spike in food allergies in children today. Food Allergy Research & Education states that, “On average, two out of 26 children will have a food allergy.” Although researchers are unable to pin-point exactly why we have seen such an increase in food allergies, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the number of allergies has increased 50% since 1997.
There are many theories surrounding food allergies that include, genetics, sterile-based environments and even parents avoiding exposing children to certain foods. Read below to get expert updates on food allergies for all ages.
BABY– Although it may be scary for moms to expose their young babies to allergies, The National Institutes of Health “recently recommended introducing peanuts to infants.” There are a few different ways to do this. SpoonfulOne is a powder that contains food proteins like peanuts that can be added into baby food. Another option is buying pouches of pureed fruit that have added banana and tree nut by Inspired Start. According to Health Magazine, these options are safe for children 4 to 6 months of age. Always consult your physician for information, before introducing new foods.
KINDERS – The good news! You may remember your young baby or even early-aged toddler being allergic to foods, like eggs. However, like many adults can add allergies, kids can out grow them. Infact, The Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology states that a quarter of children with allergies faze out of them by age 5 ½ . However, this does not apply to all allergies. Allergies to milk, eggs, and soy seem to eventually disappear; whereas peanuts and shellfish seem to stay with the child.
Elementary School – We hear a lot about bullies in today’s age of children, but can you believe that children are actually being “food bullied”? Many grade school students are getting taunted or even physically assaulted with the food that they are allergic to by others! Don’t dismiss the idea, but rather embrace that it could be happening, and your child may be choosing not to disclose it to you. Encourage your child and your friends’ children to visit noappetiteforbullying.com and help students become educated on the severity of allergies and the risks associated with them if students consume the foods they have been diagnosed allergic to. It is your job, as a parent, to educate your children.