Prevention of Food Allergies

Food allergy is a reaction of immune system to certain food items, which it takes to be harmful. Allergies triggered by food sometimes prove to be dangerous and fatal. Therefore, it is always better to be cautious about the allergens that trigger your food allergy. Consciousness about one’s allergens will help him/her to prevent the catastrophe before it strikes them.

Food allergies can be found among people of any age group. Ranging from infants to old, anybody can be a potential prey to food allergy. However, allergy in children is more dangerous due to their helplessness in dealing with their physical problems. Therefore, one needs to be careful about his or her own allergies as well as the allergies of her children.

Following are some of the ways to prevent food allergies in you as well as in your infant:

  • One of the very obvious ways is to avoid the food items that trigger your food allergy.
  • One needs to be very much cautious about the food he or she is having outside. Make sure that the allergens that trigger your allergy are not present in the particular food you are relishing.
  • Make a choice of food joints you can visit regularly. Make them aware of your allergens, so that they can also be cautious about it.
  • Make sure that the dish you have ordered for is not prepared in the same utensils, which have been used for preparing some other items. In that case even a spoon, which has been used in some other dish, can wrought havoc.
  • In case of infants, mother’s play a vital role in inducing as well as preventing food allergy in them. Mother’s should avoid eating peanuts during breastfeeding period to avoid introducing peanut proteins in their infants.
  • A mother should also refrain from eating such items which their infants are allergic to. In most of the cases these food items are egg and milk.
  • Exclusive breastfeeding to your child from first 6-12 months helps preventing milk and soy allergies.
  • Careful introduction of solid food also plays a vital role in case of primary prevention of food allergies in children. When introduction of solid food is delayed to past 6 months of age and highly allergenic foods are avoided during first one to three years of age, the chances of severe food allergies decrease.
  • Parental education is imperative in case of preventing food allergy. Once the mothers are trained to deal with the food allergies, they can keep their infants safe from developing the problem.
  • Before having any food item carefully check all the ingredients. It will help you to avoid eating your allergens unwittingly.
  • Be cautious while eating food that is packaged in multi packs. There is always a chance of contamination due to leakage from one packet to another.
  • Learn to recognize the symptoms of food allergies early. It will help you to deal with the problem more effectively and before it gets worsened.
  • Always carry epinephrine in case a severe allergic reaction has already affected you. Of course you need to know how to use it.
  • Make your family and friends aware of the warning signs of an allergic reaction and how to tackle it.

Attack of food allergy can turn out to be very dangerous. It may also become fatal. There are many medicines and treatments that can be used to deal with the problem. However, the above mentioned are some of the effective methods to prevent the problem even before it shows up.