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Allergy, Food Elimination Plan

Elimination Diet

Do you suspect your child has food allergies?

The best way to determine if your child  has food allergies is to eliminate the suspected foods for two weeks and then re-introduce them one at a time. Skin testing, especially under the age of five, and blood tests such as RAST and others, appear to be fairly unreliable.

Symptoms that food allergy can cause are: runny nose, sneezing, congestion, hives, or asthma. In addition the following symptoms should alert one to the possibility of food allergy: stomach ache, leg aches, fatigue, overactive bladder and dark circles under the eyes.

It is not unusual for the child’s favorite foods to be the ones that they are allergic to.

For starters, eliminate the following foods and in addition, any foods that you suspect your child may be allergic to. As much as possible limit foods for two weeks, then add one food every day for four days in large amounts and watch for any of the above symptoms. If there is no reaction to a food, reintroduce it to the diet and start on the next food on the list.

After a food has been identified as a culprit, it may be possible to consume it about every four days without triggering symptoms.

Some children will benefit by the addition of a specific probiotic such as L. casei and L. rhamnosus ,available as (to order log in and use doctor code "870") Ther-Biotic Children's Chewable that degrade the proteins found in dairy products.

Common food allergens to eliminate:

Eggs

Peanuts and peanut butter

Chocolate and cola drinks

Corn

Wheat- this is hard to eliminate since it’s in lots of foods; do the best you can

Legumes (beans and peas)

Anything from a cow- milk, cheese, ice cream, beef, other dairy products.

Any other foods that are suspect.

Last update: 20September2012