Food Intolerance in Children

 

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

Our expert team of highly experienced Consultants and Specialist Nurses also offer specialist treatment for a wide range of food allergies, ensuring that your child receives the best possible treatment whether they are suffering from food intolerance or a food allergy.

We are pleased to offer treatment at our 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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Food Intolerance in Children

Food Intolerance in Children - What is it?

Firstly, having an intolerance to food is not the same as a suffering from food allergy. There are similar in many ways but there are some key differences separating the two. If your child is suffering from food intolerance it means that their symptoms are generally less serious and often limited to digestive problems, whereas an food allergy causes an immune system reaction that affects numerous organs inside the body, with the symptoms being more serious. In some cases, these symptoms can be severe or life-threatening.

The most common food intolerances in children include:

  • Lactose – the sugar found in dairy products
  • Wheat
  • Food additives – such as flavour enhancers like MSG
  • Fructose the sugar in fruit

At Paediatric Diagnostics, we provide fast access to investigation and treatment for children suffering from a food intolerance. Although not usually serious, the condition can cause your child to suffer from:

  • Bloating
  • Diarrhoea
  • Stomach pain
  • Headaches
  • Mouth ulcers

Although uncomfortable for your child, food intolerance is never life-threatening, unlike a food allergy.

We cannot say how long your child may suffer from their individual food intolerance, as it can vary depending on the food that affects them and the reasons behind the reaction. However, if your child has recently started showing signs that they have grown out of a food intolerance, we recommend that you speak to the Paediatric Diagnostics team, as we might recommend that you begin to re-introduce the food back into your child’s diet to check whether the intolerance has completely gone or whether it still remains.

Please feel free to contact us regarding the treatment for your child and we will be happy to see you both at the earliest opportunity.

We have clinics based in Dorking, Surrey and Wimbledon, London, meaning we are ideally placed to provide food intolerance 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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