Allergic reactions to food typically occur in response to preservatives and additives to foods that our bodies are not well equipped to handle. If you are concerned about the allergic reactions your child seems to have to specific food types, it is important to seek out treatment and diagnosis from a pediatrician who can determine if your child has a yellow dye allergy.
Much like a hair dye allergy, a yellow dye allergy can lead to both visible signs of complications as well as non-visible. For some children, the complications with a yellow dye complication will manifest as typical allergic reaction, including sneezing, difficulty breathing and even complications with itching and watery eyes. In some kids, however, the allergic reaction may be less noticeable.
The yellow dye allergy can be quite unique. With symptoms that may mimic autism or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), you may not even realize your child has the complication until the modification to diet is considered. If your child has been diagnosed with these developmental or mental health complications it is important, therefore, to consider how a yellow dye allergy may play a role.
Yellow dye is found in many foods that are colored yellow or colored a shade of orange. Many prepared snack items that kids enjoy are colored yellow and this could be a clear indication of a yellow dye additive. When shopping for your home snack items, be sure to check the ingredients to determine if yellow dye has been added. By slowly eliminating these products from your child’s diet, you may find that not only are the allergy symptoms alleviated but you may find that symptoms of ADHD or autism are also improved. If the condition does improve, you can be relatively certain your child has a yellow dye allergy.
While not all children suffer from yellow dye complications, it is growing in recognition as one of the health complications that leads to a misdiagnosis in a child. When struggling to improve your child’s health, always look to the dietary risks that may play a role and work to remove additives and preservatives as a way to find improve health overall.
Sources: Food Allergies for Dummies, by Robert A. Wood