Monday Myth ~ Dealing With Food Allergies

Food allergies trigger more than reactions. They can also initiate misinformation and misconceptions that may discourage food allergy sufferers from seeking help for their children or inspire them to blame any ailment their child may have on food allergies.

Here are the most common food allergy myths:
Any negative reaction to a food is a food allergy.

  • Adverse reactions to food can have many causes. If something does not “agree with your child,” it does not necessarily mean your youngster is allergic to it. Food allergy is a very specific reaction involving the immune system of the body, and it is important to distinguish food allergy from other food sensitivities. Whereas food allergies are rare, food sensitivities are more common.

Just a small taste can’t hurt.

  • To your allergic child’s immune system, even a tiny amount of a problem food is enough to trigger an all-out attack. Children with severe allergies can have life-threatening reactions. For example, a child allergic to peanuts can have a severe reaction when a spatula is used to serve them a peanut-free cookie was previously used to make a peanut-containing cookie.

All food allergies in children resolve as they get older.

  • As a child grows older, some may tolerate foods that previously caused allergic reactions. This is more likely to happen in the case of allergies to milk, eggs, and wheat, in which the symptoms may decrease by late childhood. It is not clear in all cases, however, if the improved symptoms are an indication that the allergy has disappeared or the child really wasn’t allergic in the first place. On the other hand, children rarely outgrow allergies to peanuts, tree nuts, fish and shellfish.

Some Children are allergic to food additives.

  • Although some food additives– sulfites and tartrazine—have been shown to trigger asthma or hives in children, these reactions do not follow the same pathway observed with food.

If your child was not allergic to it before, they can’t be allergic to it now.

  • The onset of a food allergy is brought on by a genetic susceptibility and exposure to the problem food. The more exposure to the problem food, the higher the risk of developing an allergy to it if you’re child is susceptible.

Children with food allergies are allergic to many foods.

  • Most people with food allergies are allergic to fewer than 4 foods.

Monday Myths ~ Is It Pink Eye?

Has your little one ever woken up with a crusty, runny, bloodshot eye? Perhaps you’ve even experienced the same thing as a grown-up. It’s terrible and really miserable for the one who has contracted it.

But, there are myths that surround pink eye.

Thinking that pink eye, which is known in the medical world as conjunctivitis, can be spread only from someone else who has it is just one of the many myths about the condition. A virus can affect each person differently, causing conjunctivitis in one person and a respiratory infection in another. So what exactly is pink eye then?

Conjunctivitis is defined like this: The lining of the eyelid gets inflamed which can be caused by anything that inflames the tissues – irritants, like chemicals or dust, getting into the eye, allergies or a bacterial infection. In the case of irritants or allergies, the discharge from the eye is usually clear and watery and comes from both eyes. With a bacterial infection, which is the most common cause of conjunctivitis, a sticky substance is often present, yellow or green discharge pours from the eye, the area is often crusty and generally only one eye is affected.

In older children, pink eye is often caused by allergies, while younger children usually get it from a viral infection, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

It’s best to check with your child’s pediatrician before diagnosing the problem. Whether it’s conjunctivits or allergies, your child’s doctor can advise you on how to help suppress the symptoms properly.