Allergies, of any type, can lead to a variety of long term and short term complications in children who suffer from them. When a child is afflicted with an allergy complication, it is often difficult to tell if the complication is related to seasonal allergies or related to a food allergy. If you find that your child has an allergic reaction that is not consistent, it is important to meet with a pediatric allergist to determine if the complication is related to wheat allergy symptoms.
A wheat allergy in children is actually more common than most parents realize. Much like a yellow dye allergy, children with this type of food allergy will often exhibit symptoms of water eyes, runny nose, itching, and even rash outbreak after consuming the food in question. With a wheat allergy, however, the allergy can be difficult to pinpoint as wheat can be contained in many foods that we do not typically associate as a grain product.
When meeting with your child’s doctor, be sure to ask about the risks for wheat allergy complications and understand what the wheat allergy symptoms may be. Typically, your child’s doctor will first recommend that you keep a daily food journal of your child’s food consumption over a 14 day period. Once the food journal is complete, the allergist can use this, along with allergy testing, to rule out other food intolerance or food allergy complications.
If wheat allergy symptoms are what your child is experiencing, the doctor will place your child on a very strict diet and may even recommend that you see a nutritionist who specializes in food allergy complications. While some children can, at some point, re-introduce wheat back into their diets, most children with wheat allergy symptoms will never be able to consume wheat allergy products safely. So, setting the nutritional foundation early in life will ensure long term and short term health in protected.
Allergies, of course, can be related to seasonal health or environmental health complications. If your child is demonstrating any type of potential allergic reaction, be sure to seek out medical attention and inquire about a wheat allergy possibility.
Sources: Healthier Without Wheat, by Stephen Wangen