Let’s talk about food allergies in children! A lot has been happening in this area – from new research findings, which have changed the way we introduce foods to our youngest children, to ground-breaking research in the treatment of food allergy.
I asked Marion Groetch, a registered dietitian and food allergy expert located in New York City, to hop on the show today and give us all the latest and greatest updates and strategies for the management of food allergies in children.
What You Will Learn About the Management of Food Allergies:
- What it means when a child has a food allergy
- Why food allergies occur
- The difference between an IgE and non-IgE response
- The incidence of food allergy among children in the US and other countries
- Why food allergies are on the rise
- The Big 8 allergens and which one is most common in children
- Which food allergens are outgrown over time
- What is an oral food challenge?
- The new and current guidelines to prevent food allergy
- Practical recommendations for offering peanut protein to infants
- Why immunotherapy is the future of food allergy treatment
- The different types of immunotherapy under clinical study
- The most important things parents should know about food allergies
- The incidence of feeding problems in kids, especially those with FPIES
- The common occurrence of poor growth and nutrient deficiencies in children with multiple food allergies
What We Discuss:
- Marion’s path into nutrition
- How she raised her own children and the influence of her father’s medical challenges
- How to know if your child has outgrown a food allergy
- Why it’s important to see a board certified food allergist and registered dietitian
- The history of food allergy prevention and how it’s evolved with science
- Why starting solids is so confusing
- How to use a developmental approach to start solids (4 months versus 6 months)
- What to do if your baby is at high risk for food allergy (and low or moderate risk)
- How to do a food challenge at home
- How Marion is transitioning research results to clinical practice
- Her advice about alternative milks with food allergy
Links I Mentioned in the Show:
Nutritional Management of Food-Protein Induced Enterocolitis Syndrome (clinical guidelines)
Nutrition Management of Eosinophilic Esophagitis (clinical guidelines)
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P.S. My Smart Mom’s Guide to Starting Solids is a very useful guidebook for families who are embarking on first foods!