10 common foods that can cause allergies in children

Food allergies in children are nightmares for every parent. The symptoms are not always the obvious — skin rashes and itching. In fact, they manifest in many ways than one and are different for each food.

1. Wheat

Allergy to wheat is common among children and happens due to gluten, a protein component found in it. However, only 10 percent of gluten intolerances are genetic. Most of the other cases they are usually due to a bout of major illness or reaction to medications and surgeries. Apart from wheat, barley, rye and oats also contain gluten that could lead to the same allergy.

Symptoms to watch out for

  • Watery diarrhoea
  • Indigestion that could lead to nausea, headache, excessive burping, etc.
  • Stomach aches, due swelling of the intestinal wall

2. Soya bean

Although, not as common as wheat allergy, soya is not compatible in some children with a sensitive digestive system. Known as a potent food that leads to hormonal imbalances, it isn’t easy to digest for some kids.

Symptoms to watch out for

  • Swelling on the hand and feet, tongue and lips
  • Puffed eyes
  • Flatulence and bloating

3. Milk

Allergy to milk, known as lactose intolerance, affects almost sixty percent of individuals all over the globe, at some point in life. Lactose intolerance is either primary or secondary. In the case of primary lactose intolerance, one is unable to tolerate milk or milk products. Whereas, those with secondary lactose intolerance can digest milk products like yoghurt, cheese, cottage cheese, etc.

Symptoms to watch out for

  • Bloating
  • Heaviness in the stomach
  • Flatulence
  • Diarrhoea
  • Vomiting

4. Carotene rich foods

Carrots, cantaloupe, mangoes, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, papayas are some common foods that are rich in carotene. Intolerance to carotene usually occurs in phases and might not be there for a lifetime. Rarely, it also happens when a child undergoes a treatment with potent antibiotics or steroids.

Symptoms to watch out for

  • Greenish stools
  • Vomiting
  • Yellow coloration of the skin

5. Shellfish

For seafood lovers, this could be bad news. Of the other fishes, this fish is known to be notorious with kids.  Symptoms to watch out for:

  • Hoarseness of the throat
  • Wheezing and coughing
  • Vomiting and nausea
  • Pale skin
  • Dizziness

6. Eggs

Some children are allergic to this protein rich food and can’t take it a bit. While others might be allergic to either egg white or the yolk.

Symptoms to watch out for

  • Skin reactions like red patches or rashes all over the body
  • Stomach aches
  • Wheezing or shortness of breath

7. Berries

A rich source of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals berries could also be an allergen to some children. Many kids are usually allergic to strawberries and blueberries.

Symptoms to watch for

  • Itchy skin
  • Redness of hands and feet
  • Rashes or hives
  • Burning sensation in the mouth

8. Nuts

Peanut allergies are  very common. However, other tree nuts like almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, cashews, pistachio are equally to be blamed.

Symptoms to watch for

  • Mild swelling of tongue, lips and eyes
  • Nausea

9. Citrus fruits

Juicy sour and rich with so many health benefits citrus foods can make some children go sick and ailing.

Symptoms to watch out for

  • Scratchy, itchy throat
  • Swelling in the feet

10. Chillies

Children usually can’t tolerate spicy foods, but that doesn’t indicate an allergy. Introduce chillies to your child from the age of two to allow the taste buds to develop optimally.   However, they are usually allergic to dried chilli used to season a variety of dals and curries in India.

Symptoms to watch out for

  • Refusing foods, even ice-creams due to itchiness in the tongue
  • Runny nose
  • Watery eyes
  • Sore throat


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