Food Allergy occurs when a person immune system reacts to a particular protein within the food. This can lead to symptoms such as intestinal gas, abdominal pain or diarrhoea. In some cases, people can experience life-threatening reaction such as Anaphylaxis.
Paediatric Gut Investigation Clinic is pleased to offer investigations for food allergies in children at our clinics in Horley and Reigate, Dorking and Wimbledon.
Below are the most common foods that children react to:
- Tree nut
Majority of allergic reactions occur in early childhood and some children will grow out of the allergy as they get older.
There are two categories of Food Allergies which are IgE mediated and Non -IgE mediated. In an IgE-mediated allergy, the child will experience symptoms within minutes or up to two hours after eating a particular food. Whereas, in a Non-IgE mediated allergy the child will experience symptoms after two hours or up to a few days after eating anything that particular food.
Parents often get confused between a Food allergy and Food Intolerance. Food intolerance is simply when the body cannot properly digest the food and irritates the digestive system causing various symptoms such as nausea, bloating, loose stools, tiredness e.t.c. Whereas, in the case of a Food Allergy the body’s immune system attacks the food causing histamine to be released in the body. The reactions can lead to various symptoms such as hives, itching, eczema, throat tightness, abdominal pain, vomiting e.t.c.
Investigations for food allergies in children are available at our clinics in Horley and Reigate, Surrey, making us easily accessible to see children from all nearby areas, including Chichester, Banstead, Dorking, Epsom, Guildford, Redhill, Southampton, Portsmouth, Royal Tunbridge Wells, and Epsom.
To book to see our Paediatric Consultant Allergist Dr Ajith Prasad click here.