Food intolerances and sensitivities
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It can be difficult to tell the difference between a mild to moderate food allergy and a food intolerance, as the symptoms can sometimes be very similar. However, as food intolerances do not involve IgE mediated immune responses, they do not show on allergy testing. Just because a child has been cleared of having an allergy, does not necessarily mean that they’re not intolerant.
When symptoms appear quickly, identifying the cause is pretty straightforward. However, food intolerance reactions are usually delayed and can be related to the amount of food consumed. Symptoms may not occur until a certain amount of the food is eaten, but the amount can vary between children. These factors can make pinpointing the cause quite tricky, especially if there are multiple intolerances.
Tips for finding the cause
- Exposure, diet, and symptom diary to keep a record of any symptom patterns
- Removing any suspected food or environmental trigger for two weeks, then reintroducing them one at a time
- Reintroduce one new food every 3 days, to monitor for any delayed symptoms
- Food intolerance and/or allergy testing