Can my child have a food intolerance ?
Written by Bunmi. Wednesday, February 8th, 2012
Food allergies are becoming more relevant in the UK adult population, as more and more of us begin to learn that we suffer from various food allergies. It is now claimed that between 20% to 30% of UK adults believe that they suffer from food allergies. The FSA carried out a report believing the actual figure was much less than that, between 1 or 2% some researchers believe that the actual figure is slightly higher than that between 3% and 4%, but according to the FSA report; allergies in children are actually higher at between 5% and 8% (source NHS website), therefore it is becoming more important to find out if children do suffer from allergies.
The most common food allergies to children and babies are from milk, eggs, wheat, soya and nuts. Symptoms to look out for are coughing, sneezing, running or blocked nose, watery eyes and diarrhoea, so therefore many parents are now getting their children tested food intolerances.
There are various methods of food intolerance testing, this can range from blood testing, where a blood sample is taken, a hair test where a hair follicle is taken, a skin prick where a tiny amount of allergen is ingested into the skin or a Vega test where your body is tested to an allergen by a current. (Not suitable for babies)
As mentioned earlier more and more parents are having their children tested for food intolerances. Below are some example links to various websites who offer food intolerance testing. Alternatively contact your doctor or health professional before making a decision on which avenue to go down.