In my earlier post, I made you aware of different symptoms that might indicate that your child is reacting to a food/s. I also explained that the foods we eat the most often are usually our worst culprits unfortunately. I then explained to you how to eliminate a potential culprit from your child’s diet and watch for any reaction when you reintroduce that particular food. It is now time to tell you more! Are you ready?
People go to medical doctors or food allergists to detect problematic foods. Here is the problem with those tests. Those tests only measure IgE reactions, meaning allergic reactions. But most reactions are actually sensitivities. What is the difference between allergies and sensitivities? When a small amount of a food is consumed and a reaction ensues, that constitutes an allergy. When a larger amount is consumed, often over time, and a reaction ensues, that constitutes a sensitivity. And when there are sensitivities, often the reaction in the body is delayed. A child can eat 2 eggs for breakfast and have no apparent reaction but 3 days after consumption, they may not go to washroom that day or a rash might appear or their asthma might get worse. These sensitivities do not show up in regular allergy tests, which is why they can go undetected for decades.
What is the other problem with these tests? Allergy tests only detect skin reactions to problematic foods. The majority of allergic reactions take place in the intestine! Many show up in the brain, joints or organs, just to give a few examples!
The most accurate way of detecting problematic foods is by keeping a food and symptom journal. A parent records what their child eats and any symptoms their child is experiencing. Some would say, “It can’t be the carrots causing my child to break out in a rash 2 days later.” They might attribute the rash to the swimming lesson the child just completed instead. It is only by seeing the patterns recorded in the journal that links can be made between certain foods and adverse reactions. And carrots DO cause reactions! In fact, any food can be problematic.
Some would say that their child is eating too many things and that they need to have some way to narrow down the problematic foods. There is no 100% accurate form of testing, not even a blood test. Interro testing can certainly narrow things down and it is a lot less expensive than a blood test and provides immediate results. Around 200 foods are tested on an adult or child over the age of two, using accupuncture points and a computer that has the foods programmed into it. Many naturopaths and some nutritionists offer this form of testing. After recommending others to perform this testing on my clients, I finally purchased the system myself and it is such a help in narrowing down the culprits.
The majority of us have food sensitivities, wreaking havoc in our lives, by causing or worsening over 200 symptoms or conditions. Sensitivities to dairy products are a huge contributor to ear infections. Sensitivities to chemicals are a huge culprit for ADD. Wheat sensitivities contribute to stomach aches and IBS. I implore you to look into the problematic foods for you and your child and make each one of your days more comfortable and healthier!
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by Meredith Deasley from The Resourceful Mother Pediatric Nutritionist and Life Coach