Think your child’s a fussy eater? Think again. Could their avoidance of certain foods actually be symptomatic of undiagnosed common food intolerances or sensitivity?
Food intolerances affect up to 45% of the UK’s population, so it makes sense that children would be affected too.
What is a milk allergy or intolerance?
Firstly, there is a vital difference between a milk allergy and a milk intolerance. An allergy can be life-threatening, with the afflicting food triggering your immune system to fight it as a threat. A milk intolerance means that you have difficulty digesting it.
Intolerances cannot endanger your life in the same way allergies can, but they can cause significant discomfort.
Symptoms of a milk allergy include:
– Swelling, itchiness and tingling in the throat and mouth
– Severe stomach pain
– Severe vomiting or diarrhoea
– Finding it hard to breathe
– Drop in blood pressure
– Dizziness or loss of consciousness
If you have any of these symptoms, you must receive medical attention immediately.
Food intolerance symptoms include:
– Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
– Eczema and rashes
– Headaches and migraines
– Weight gain
– Anxiety and depression
– Joint pain
– Respiratory problems
You can find out more on the symptoms of food intolerance here.
How do I know if my child has a food intolerance?
In adults, food intolerance symptoms often present with digestive issues. Food intolerances in children, on the other hand, can also show their sensitivities on their skin. Does your child have eczema, a sore tummy, or are they frightened of eating certain foods?
If you suspect that your child might have a milk or lactose intolerance, or see signs of intolerances in toddlers, one of YorkTest’s food intolerance tests could be the best way to determine whether or not you’re correct.
With a simple finger-prick blood test, the YorkTest laboratory team will identify your child’s IgG antibody reactions to up to 208 food and drink ingredients.
Don’t be worried if your child’s common food intolerances test comes back as positive. In today’s world, there are more plant-based milks than ever before, and plenty of ways to help children get the calcium and magnesium they need without dairy.
Fruits and vegetables, such as lots of leafy greens, are a fantastic way of getting these much-needed vitamins into your child’s diet and can be hidden in your child’s foods should they not meet the taste test. Get creative and have fun with alternatives.
*YorkTest define food intolerance as a food-specific IgG antibody reaction. Our information is intended to provide nutritional advice for dietary optimization. YorkTest do not claim to treat or cure symptoms and recommend that you discuss any medical concerns you have with a doctor before undertaking a YorkTest programme.
Can food sensitivities cause weight gain?
Research has shown that food sensitivities can indeed be a cause for weight gain, in collaboration with other factors. If your child’s digestive system is extremely inflamed or stressed, it may have a reduced capacity to process energy for the body and may in turn be storing the excess as fat deposits. Inflammation also makes it much more difficult to lose weight.
What is the best way to test for food intolerance?
The best way to test for a food intolerance is to take a test that’s personalised for your child. This way, you can be sure of the root cause of your child’s food intolerance symptoms.
At YorkTest, we measure four different sub-types of food-specific IgG to create a complete food fingerprint profile. Did you know that the average person who has positive food-specific IgG triggers reacts to four to five food and drink ingredients? We have a range of full programmes that could help you uncover what ingredients work for and against your child’s body.
The test is simple, involving a simple finger-prick blood test that can be taken in the comfort of your own home. Once your results come through, you’ll know which problem foods to remove from your child’s diet and have access to expert advice when it comes to your child’s diet.
YorkTest is a leading provider in food intolerance testing with over 35 years of experience and expertise behind us. We are the only food intolerance company to provide nutritional aftercare from qualified Nutritional Therapists, ensuring that you receive the most professional and reliable dietary guidance.
If you are still unsure what IgG testing is or need more advice on what test is best for you then please contact our friendly team on 0800 074 6185 to find out more.
Are food intolerance tests reliable?
At YorkTest, we use a controlled, food-specific IgG (1-4) test. These specially developed programmes can identify exactly which foods and ingredients your child is reacting to.
We pride ourselves on our accuracy here at YorkTest. We have a >98% reproducibility rate which means that, on average, two separate results of the same person’s sample tested together will correlate with each other >98% of the time.