Food allergies are a big problem that seriously changes one’s lifestyle. Allergic adults have to be very careful about what they eat, at all times. But when it comes to kids, their parents are the ones who have to commit themselves to constant vigilance.
When you child is allergic to food, you know you’ve got a problem. Not just because it’s hard to explain to your kid why he shouldn’t eat certain foods but also because it’s even harder to monitor what your child eats at school.
Be that as it may, the problem has to be dealt with and one of the effective ways to fight allergies is a diet therapy.
Basic dietary principles in case of allergies
Children of school age often have allergic reactions to chocolate, citrus fruits, sweet fizzy drinks, starchy foods, and nuts. Quite often such reactions are caused by overeating. Your first step should be excluding allergenic foods from your kid’s diet.
After a doctor gives you the list of foods to avoid in your kid’s diet, you may freak out. What will your little darling eat when so many food products are banned from his menu? But in fact, even the strictest diet can be delicious and varied: the right approach will do the trick.
The main goal of the hypoallergenic diet is making your kid’s menu balanced by supplying his body with sufficient amounts of all necessary nutrients. Such a diet plan must be worked out by a medical professional based on the information about your child’s health state.
Which foods are not recommended?
There are some foods that can be considered allergenic and, therefore, dangerous. They are:
• seafood, many kinds of fish and caviar;
• any canned foods, spiced and salty products, hot spices and sauces;
• pumpkin, carrots, red sweet peppers, eggplants and sorrel;
• red berries and fruits (persimmons, raspberries, apples, strawberries, pomegranates, grapes) and any kinds of meals containing them, including fruit drinks;
• citrus fruits;
• rare exotic foods;
• eggs, smoked meats, sausages and cow milk;
• synthetic yogurts and drinks, bubble gum.
Wholesome products that are ok to eat in case of food allergies
There is a number of products that are known as low allergenic. You can combine these foods in various ways to make your kid’s diet as well-balanced and varied as possible:
• natural dairy products (cottage cheese, yogurt, fermented milk etc.);
• beef and pork meat (it must be lean, though), chicken meat, rabbit or turkey meat and other kinds of meat;
• some kinds of fish;
• fresh cabbage, cucumbers, spinach, lettuce, dill, parsley, zucchinis, potatoes, and beans;
• green apples, pears, white currants, white cherries, gooseberries and any meals containing them;
• it’s quite okay to eat peaches, bananas, apricots, cowberries, and watermelons, but it’s better to be moderate with them;
• all kinds of porridge;
• varied teas and water without gas.
If your child is allergic to some foods, the main goal of his diet should be reducing the allergic reactions to a minimum. Make sure your child doesn’t overeat and let him drinks at least 1,5 l of water a day.