Child Food Allergies

 

At Paediatric Diagnostics, we offer investigation and treatment for child food allergies from birth up to 16 years of age. 

Our expert team of highly experienced Consultants and Specialist Nurses also offer specialist treatment for food intolerance, which is often confused with food allergy, ensuring that your child receives the best possible treatment whether they are suffering from either condition.

We are pleased to offer treatment at our private outpatient clinics in Dorking, Surrey and Wimbledon, London, making us ideally placed to provide expert treatment to children living in Croydon, Leatherhead, Kingston-upon-Thames, Tonbridge, Maidstone, North and South Kensington, Hammersmith, Twickenham, Camden Town, Wandsworth, and all nearby areas.

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Treatment and testing for child food allergies is available at Paediatric Diagnostics. Clinics in Dorking, Surrey and Wimbledon, London.

Child Food Allergy - What is it?

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 etc. However, 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, and more.

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.

Allergies are the most common chronic disorder in children, with an estimated 6-8% of children aged 0-3 suffering from a food allergy, with this figure reducing to 5% when increasing the age range to 0-5.

The most common causes of food allergies in children include:

  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Peanuts
  • Wheat
  • Soy
  • Tree Nuts
  • Fish
  • Shellfish

Out of these examples, the most severe reactions are caused after eating peanuts, tree nuts, fish, and shellfish

Investigations for food allergies in children are available at our private clinics in Dorking, Surrey and Wimbledon, London, meaning we are ideally placed to provide investigations and treatment for children living in Croydon, Leatherhead, Kingston-upon-Thames, Tonbridge, Maidstone, North and South Kensington, Hammersmith, Twickenham, Camden Town, Wandsworth, and all nearby areas.

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Concerned your child may have a food allergy?

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