Hypoallergenic Diet

There are some people who are just sensitive to a lot of things, such as dust, pollens, animal fur and some are also sensitive to certain kinds of foods. An allergy is a disorder of the body’s immune systems, and allergic reactions are the heightened responses of the body to the otherwise harmless substances in the environment. Food allergy, meanwhile, is an adverse reaction of the body’s immune system to certain food proteins.

If a person is known to be highly sensitive to several substances, or if a person has known allergies to certain foods, he or she is given a hypoallergenic diet. There are a number of particular foods that evoke allergic responses in some people. In order to keep allergic reactions from occurring, these foods should be eliminated from the diet. Now, there are also certain foods that are regarded as more hypoallergenic in that a lot of people do not exhibit allergic reactions when consuming them. At times, certain foods can then be added back into the diet following a time of abstinence.

Commonly Occurring Food Allergies

Foods that usually bring about allergic reactions to some people include milk, eggs, chocolate, yeast, wheat, soy, and corn. What usually set of particular symptoms are the sugars or the glutens contained in these foods. Based on the ADHD Information Library, milk is among the most frequent cause of food allergies in children. Researches in a number of countries reveal the occurrence of allergy to milk in children is about 2%-5%. Other estimates show much higher. For those who have a bad allergy to a specific food need to remove that food from their diet.

Symptoms

Food allergy symptoms widely vary. Children who are allergic to milk can experience fidgeting and excessive energy, otherwise known as hyperkinesis and ADD/ADHD. People who are allergic to wheat could undergo headaches, excessive mucus, dizziness, gastritis, and lethargy. Those who are allergic to peanuts can have severe anaphylactic reactions even if they only ate just a very minute amount. Reactions such as these need immediate medical intervention.

Elimination and Substitution of Foods

The main idea when it comes to hypoallergenic diet is simply to add in foods that the person is not allergic to. Coming up with such a diet could be quite tricky, more so if there are multiple allergies. The best strategy that can be applied is just avoiding the foods he or she is allergic to. So, for example, if a person has milk and wheat allergies, the foods that need to be excluded from the diet will be those wheat and milk products including bread, cookies, pasta, milk, cheese, and several other dairy products. The good news is that there are several alternatives that are free from sugar and gluten. The most frequent foods included in hypoallergenic diets is brown rice. Others include millet, amaranth, Khorasan wheat, quinoa, and basmati rice.

So to be clear on what foods to avoid and what foods to include in a hypoallergenic diet, it is just as simple as removing the food the person is allergic to and adding in food that a person does not elicit allergic responses to.

Length of Hypoallergenic Diet

A hypoallergenic can take several months, some only a few. Each case varies. And unfortunately for some children, they never really outgrow food allergies.


Daisy Jane Antipuesto RN MN

Currently a Nursing Local Board Examination Reviewer. Subjects handled are Pediatric, Obstetric and Psychiatric Nursing. Previous work experiences include: Clinical instructor/lecturer, clinical coordinator (Level II), caregiver instructor/lecturer, NC2 examination reviewer and staff/clinic nurse. Areas of specialization: Emergency room, Orthopedic Ward and Delivery Room. Also an IELTS passer.

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