Could Your Child’s Recurring Stomach Aches Be Food Sensitivity?
If your child had food allergies, it typically would be very obvious, there would be an immediate reaction of, swelling, hives, difficulty breathing…very noticeable indications of a food allergy. But the signs for food sensitivity aren’t quite as easily seen, and are often vague and overlooked. For instance, many children complain of a stomach ache during dinner, and the parents may think the child has had too many sweets or is trying to avoid eating whatever has been prepared for dinner.
But more and more, parents and doctors are discovering that there is an underlying reason your child’s tummy ache is a real thing, and not something conjured up. Children’s food sensitivities and intolerances are on the rise, due to such things as partially hydrogenated oils, synthetic addatives, artificial colors, sweeteners and flavors being added to our foods. And because you don’t always eat exactly the same thing everyday, it can be difficult to determine what the culprit is.
Signs that your child might have a food sensitivity are:
It’s interesting that not all of these symptoms are related to digestive disorders, so if your child is unexplainably experiencing some of these symptoms, it would be wise to take a closer look…
- Frequent stomach aches, throwing up
- Frequent diarrhea or constipation
- Unexplained weight loss or weight gain
- Muscle and/or joint pain
- Problems conentrating or hyperactivity
- Chronic throat or ear infections
- Skin rashes (eczema) or irritations
- Moodiness or irritability
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Chronic colds
These are all pretty common symptoms that may seem like everyday occurrances, so you can see why diagnosing food intolerances isn’t always an easy thing to do. The other thing that makes detecting them more difficult is that not only are they vague, but the symptoms don’t always manifest right away, they can take up to as much as 72 hours.
Foods Common to Intolerance:
If your child is intolerant to a particular food, there is a reaction that takes place in their body. When that food is injested, the auto immune system reacts by casuing the body to produce cytokines, which are inflammatory chemicals. These chemicals can attack the respiratory system, the gut or the brain, causing your child to feel emotionally and/or physically unwell. Common foods that your child could be intolerant to are:
- Dairy (lactose, the most common)
- Gluten – which is the protein found in rye, wheat, oats, and barley
- Sugar (especially children who are Autistic or have ADHD)
- Foods containing dyes, pesticides, GMO’s or preservatives
- Foods containing large amounts of Salicylate acid
Keep in mind, that children are not necessarily born with these intolerences, they can, and do, develop over a period of time. One young woman drank milk without a problem all of her life until she reached college age when her lactose intolerance (milk products) began, increasing with age and becoming very painful.