My Child Has a Food Sensitivity. Now What?

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My Child Has a Food Sensitivity. Now What?

Food sensitivities are increasingly prevalent among kids, but that doesn’t mean your child has to be medicated. Here’s how to manage your child’s food sensitivity.

A food sensitivity or intolerance can leave your child feeling unwell after a meal or snack. Once you find the food causing your child’s symptoms, it’s time to start analyzing ways in which you can help your child avoid those uncomfortable symptoms in the future. 

With food sensitivities becoming increasingly common, now is the time to bring your child in for food inflammation testing at Healthy Lifestyle Medicine in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Our expert providers Kristine Van Kirk, MD, and Kelly Gebauer, WHNP-BC, analyze your child’s diet and can confirm the foods that cause symptoms like bloating, abdominal discomfort, and diarrhea. 

Our team can then direct you to the appropriate treatments, services, or diet changes necessary to manage your child’s nutrition and gut health.

Telling the difference between sensitivities and allergies

Food sensitivities are not the same as food allergies. Generally, sensitivities are milder. While a food allergy is an immune response and quickly causes symptoms, like hives or life-threatening anaphylaxis, food sensitivities originate within your child’s digestive system and do not cause immediate symptoms. 

Bloating, diarrhea, migraines, and abdominal pain are all symptoms of a food sensitivity, and if your child experiences these regularly, it’s time to consider testing. 

What comes next for your child

Once you know your child has a food sensitivity, you can plan their diet around it. 

Among the most common sensitivity-causing foods are lactose, gluten, caffeine, additives, and sugars in various vegetables. With anti-inflammatory nutrition services at our office, your child can get all of the vital nutrients they need while avoiding the culprit food.

If you have any problems restructuring your child’s diet to avoid the sensitive food, our team can continue to educate you about your child’s specific intolerance. Learn all you can regarding food sensitivities, and stock up on over-the-counter medicines to ease your child’s symptoms if they occur unexpectedly. 

For certain intolerances, there are enzymes your child can take to avoid the symptoms caused by the sensitivity. If your child is lactose intolerant, lactase enzymes from your local drugstore can allow them to enjoy the occasional ice cream cone or cheese quesadilla. 

Interested in learning more?

If you’re ready to learn more about food sensitivities and how your child can still thrive with a fulfilling diet, contact Healthy Lifestyle Medicine with a click or phone call to request an appointment today. Our team is ready to help you navigate diet restrictions while ensuring your child gets all of the nutrients they need.