We all know that diet has a huge impact on health: those mood swings, lack of concentration or lethargy could be the result of too many sugary treats, but if your child regularly suffers from these symptoms or headaches, stomach pains or bloating after eating, it could be down to a food intolerance.
yorktest, a leading provider of food intolerance† programmes, has launched FoodScan Junior, which is aimed at children aged between 2 and 18. The process involves a simple finger-prick blood test that can be carried out in the comfort of your own home. The blood sample is then posted back to the yorktest Laboratory in a pre-paid envelope to be analysed for IgG antibodies in the blood, which are produced as a defence against foods causing a reaction. A total of 113 ingredients are tested and the kit also includes a daily food and drinks diary, plus two consultations with a Nutritional Therapist who will offer support and knowledge to help you replace your child’s trigger foods with balanced alternatives. Your child’s confidential results and additional support material will be posted to you within 10 working days.
Speed up the elimination process
A food intolerance is the body’s delayed reaction to problem foods and often manifests in a range of problems, yet symptoms may occur between two hours and up to three days later, so it is hard to know what is responsible. Doctors often recommend an elimination diet, which involves cutting out one food at a time over a few weeks to see if symptoms improve, but this can be laborious and you could risk depriving your child of essential nutrients. FoodScan Junior can pinpoint precisely which foods are causing high levels of IgG antibodies in the blood, indicating that a reaction to a particular food or foods has occurred, thus identifying which ones to remove from the diet.
Available from 3rd April, FoodScan Junior costs £250 and includes:
- Convenient home to laboratory testing service
- Free return post to our laboratory
- Money-back promise – if no reactions are identified yorktest will refund you £225 (available when you purchase the complete programme at the RRP)
- Convenient mail order service – no need to visit our laboratory
- Expert testing and analysis of IgG antibody reactions to 113 foods
- 2 x 30-minute telephone consultations with one of our qualified Nutritional Therapists
Please note: if you are concerned about any symptoms your child is experiencing, you should always visit your GP first to rule out any serious underlying medical condition.
† Food intolerance defined as a food-specific IgG reaction
FoodScan Junior does not provide information about coeliac disease, enzyme deficiencies such as lactose intolerance, IgE-mediated allergies, histamine sensitivity or other chemical sensitivities such as reactions to sulphites, tannins or tyramine. FoodScan Junior is only recommended for children aged 2-18 who have food intolerance symptoms and who have already been checked out by a doctor.