Suspecting a food allergy in your child

Joyce Machin, Pediatric Occupational Therapist, shares advice for parents on how to best steps to take if you suspect that your child has a food allergy
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Suspecting a food allergy in your child

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I first thought that my daughter had food allergies when, at two months of age, we went to her well-check visit. Our pediatrician advised us that she might have a food allergy because she has eczema. The eczema looks like a rash around her chin. It was in the folds of her elbows behind her knees. The doctor said for me to do, since I was solely breastfeeding, was to take dairy out of my diet. I did that, but I wasn't a 100 percent. I didn't drink any dairy, but I would have some baked prodcuts that had diary in it. Her eczema went up and down, It kind of alleviated and come back again. The biggest event was when she was six months of age, we tried solid foods. We gave her some rice cereal and a little bit of sweet potato. She had this humongous reaction. Her reaction was that her eyes got swollen shut. She looked like a boxer because of the big allergy flare. That's how we knew it was, for sure, a food allergy.

Joyce Machin, Pediatric Occupational Therapist, shares advice for parents on how to best steps to take if you suspect that your child has a food allergy

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Joyce Jung Machin is a wife and mother of two beautiful girls - Maya and Ella. She is a pediatric occupational therapist with over 15 years of experience. She's been able to travel to many countries, complete triathlons, and work with orphans overseas. By far, her greatest pride is her family.  Maya, seven years old, has multiple food allergies - wheat, dairy, fish, shellfish, nuts, tree nuts, and sesame. Joyce’s love for cooking has allowed many well-loved family dinners that are safe for all.

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