Why Food Allergy Testing is a Must for Children

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Many children suffer from food allergies, and a large percentage of those children and their parents are unaware of the allergy. In fact, self-diagnosis of food allergies can even be harmful to children by leading to false diagnoses, unnecessary and inconvenient dietary restrictions, and inadequate nutrition. The best way to truly understand your child’s unique dietary needs and allergies is to get allergy testing.

Why Get Allergy Testing?

Instances of allergies have increased in recent years. A 2013 study by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) found that from 1997 to 2011, food allergies in children increased by 50%. Clearly food allergies are an increasing concern for parents Some common food allergies in children include cow’s milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, and soybeans. Symptoms of food allergies range from itchy skin and hives to vomiting or difficulty breathing. It’s important to understand which foods may cause these reactions in children in order to protect them from severe allergic reactions.

Perhaps as a result of increased concern over the rise of food allergies, incorrectly perceived food allergies cause parents to restrict their children’s diets more than is necessary. Accurate food allergy testing can help parents get a better picture of their children’s food allergies and sensitivities so that they know which foods they truly need to avoid. An Umeå University study reported that the level of reported food allergy is about eight times higher than that actual rate of food allergy. Additionally, food allergies commonly change as children age, so many parents continue to restrict certain foods for their children not realizing that their children may have grown out of the allergy.

Every three minutes, someone goes to the emergency room for treatment for an allergic reaction to food. Proper food allergy testing is the best way to ensure that children do not suffer adverse reactions to food. Test Smartly Labs of Kansas City provides food allergy testing with a simple blood draw to help you protect your children. Contact us today to learn more.

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