Nutrition and Food Allergies
Removing foods from your child's diet can lead to the loss of important nutrients. A balanced, nutrient-rich diet is vital for a child's growth and development. Learning how to substitute healthy, safe alternatives is important. You may need to seek the advice of a registered dietitian to help you plan a healthy allergy-friendly diet for your child.
It is important to read every label, every time. Use our guides to help you find hidden allergens in your products. Small, travel-size cards are also available to print.
Tips to help you find a registered dietitian who specializes in food allergies.
A child’s body stores nutrients. A short-term (2-week) elimination diet is likely not a concern regarding nutrition. Beyond two weeks, you must find safe sources of nutrients to replace the nutrients lost from foods your child can no longer eat.
Nutrients are necessary for proper growth and development. Removing two or more important foods can result in poor nutrition. So , it is important to meet your child's nutritional needs with a balanced diet.
If breastfeeding isn't an option, what formula should you introduce to your baby that is showing signs of allergy or intolerance?