Kids 2 to 5 years

Have you got a young child with a food intolerance or allergy?  Get more information and help and advice on how to cope and help your child.  You can also join the conversation via our mums forum and see how other mums deal with things.

Do's and Dont's

Do’s
  1. Do watch and see how your child is reacting to foods.
  2. If there is a history of food allergies or health matters such as hay-fever, eczema or asthma in your family, you should monitor the most allergenic foods such as wheat, nuts, citrus fruits, fish in your childs diet.
  3. Do watch out for symptoms of food intolerance or allergy once your child has eaten.
  4. Listen to your child, symptoms of food intolerance don’t always happen right away.  Monitor their behaviour and energy levels.
  5. Do contact your health professional if you have any worries about your baby and the foods they are eating.

Dont’s

  1. Don’t wait, seek help right away if you believe that your child is having problems with their food.
  2. Don’t be scared to seek a second opinion if you feel the need to.
  3. Don’t limit the food intake of your child unless you have been advised by your doctor or health professional.
  4. Don’t be scared to ask for help and advice.

Kids and Food Allergies

Food allergy is an adverse effect to a food or ingredient. In most cases, the immune system reacts negatively to food. This can cause inflammation in the body, which will generally cause a person to be unwell.  If your family has a history of health issues such as asthma, hay-fever and eczema, then your child is more susceptible to have food allergies.

Your child should be able to tell you if they are feeling unwell and you will be able to see if they have any symptoms occurring due to the foods that they eat.   Symptoms are different depending on type of food intolerance and what the child is like.  You may find that your child has problems with their bowel movements, rashes or hives on the skin, coughing, wheezing, itchy lips, sneezing and others.  If you think that your child is suffering in anyway, it is imperative that you contact your doctor or health professional to discuss the problems you are seeing in your child.  They will be able to advise you.  You can also get great help and advise from advisors at www.allergyuk.org .

What Foods Should I Give My Kids?

As children grow, they need all the nutrients, vitamins and minerals they can get.  Feeding your child a balanced diet will mean that they receive much of what they need to grow healthy and strong.  If your child does have a food intolerance, there are lots of foods available for them to eat as alternatives in supermarkets across the country.   You can also use our website and search facility to get more information on suitable foods.  Whether you’re home or away, you can get the information you need by accessing the different features on our website.  Also join the chat in our mums forum and get information from other parents on dealing with a child with allergies or intolerance.

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Top 5 Tips for Kids 2 to 5 Years and Food

  1. If you’re worried that your child has a food intolerance or allergy talk to your doctor or health care professional.
  2. Keep a food diary of what your child is eating including the symptoms that they are facing.
  3. Feed your child a balanced diet of nutritious foods.  Any food that you eliminate from their diet, an alternative is always available.
  4. If your child is diagnosed with a food allergy or intolerance, speak to your doctor and or health professional to get advise on what they can eat.  Use the Foods You Can website to find suitable food alternatives and where to buy them from.
  5. Follow the advise of your doctor and or health professional and don’t be scare to seek a second opinion if you feel you need to.
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