What Is Your Food Allergy IQ?
Food allergies run the gamut from simply inconvenient to downright dangerous. Safeguard your kids by learning to detect the symptoms of a reaction, and know what to do if your children accidentally ingest an allergen.
Question 1 of 12
A food allergy occurs when:
|Your child’s digestive system can’t properly absorb the nutrients in certain foods|
|Food goes down the wrong pipe|
Your child’s immune system senses an "invader"—brought on by recently ingested food—and attacks it
An allergic reaction occurs when the body?fs immune system overreacts to an ingested element. The body mistakenly identifies the food as harmful, and the immune system uses various chemicals, including histamines, to attack it.
|Your child really doesn’t like his dinner|
Question 2 of 12
The most common food allergies are caused by:
|Broccoli, spinach, and liver|
|Trick question! There are no common allergies|
Milk, peanuts, and fish
Actually, 90% of food allergies are caused by these eight foods:
In fact, peanuts allergies in particular, have become so prevalent among children that many schools have instituted peanut bans. Learn what you can do to keep your kids safe from dangerous allergens.
However, it's important to keep in my mind that even if your child is not allergic to any of the foods on the list above, that doesn't necessarily mean she is safe from all food allergies; your child may be allergic to other foods.
|Dander, hay, and grass (kids will eat anything!)|
Question 3 of 12
The cure for food allergies is:
|The strict avoidance of the offending food|
|Sorry! There is no cure|
|Growth—your kids will grow out of their allergies eventually|
Unfortunately, there is no cure for a food allergy. Oftentimes, children do outgrow their allergies, but there is no guarantee that will happen. Children are more likely to outgrow allergies to milk, eggs, soy, and wheat, than allergies to peanuts, treenuts, fish, and shellfish. Although, it's not a cure, the best way to avoid an allergic reaction to strictly avoid the allergen.
Question 4 of 12
|The treatment of allergies with massage and low-impact physical training|
|A condition that causes an immunity to all allergy therapies|
|The treatment of allergies by discussing how they make you feel|
The treatment of allergies with shots
The treatment of allergies with allergy shots is known as immunotherapy. Each shot contains a tiny amount of the allergens to stimulate the immune system in order to get the body accustomed and desensitized to the allergens, so that a tolerance is built up. This therapy is not always effective, particularly against food allergies. Allergy shots are typically given to children 5 and older.
Question 5 of 12
Your infant is allergic to breast milk if:
|He refuses to eat|
|He has an upset stomach or reflux after feeding|
Trick question! It’s impossible for babies to be allergic to breast milk
Actually, it's rare for a child to be allergic to breast milk (very rarely a baby can react to proteins in their mother's milk). But he may have allergy to something you are eating which has been transferred to him while breastfeeding. In some cases, breastfeeding can actually ward off allergies by acting almost like an allergy shot and administering tiny amounts of the allergen to your baby who may build up a tolerance.
|He breaks out into a rash every time you feed him|
Question 6 of 12
|A heavy metal band|
A sudden and severe allergic reaction that may be fatal
Anaphylaxis is an extreme, life-threatening reaction that can cause swelling, rashes, and trouble breathing. This is a very serious condition and children prone to allergies should always carry an anaphylaxis kit (which includes epinephrine, an antihistamine) in case of emergency.
|A fancy name for indigestion|
|A fancy name for an allergy|
Question 7 of 12
If you notice your child wheezing, you should:
|Turn up the volume on the television; that sound can get really annoying after a while|
|Only worry if the wheeze emits a low-pitched sound|
|Assume Baby has asthma|
Listen closely, calculate Baby's respiratory rate, and call the doctor
Wheezing is a common symptoms of an allergic reaction. Listen to the sound of your child's breathing and calculate his respiratory rate. Call your doctor if the rate is abnormal or if Baby is emitting a strange and high-pitched sound.
Question 8 of 12
If your child regularly experiences stomach cramps, bloating, and diarrhea after eating or drinking dairy products, this probably means:
|You should switch to goat cheese|
|You can't trust expiration dates|
|He is allergic to milk|
He is lactose intolerant
Contrary, to popular belief, lactose intolerance and milk allergies are not the same thing. A milk allergy is the reaction of the immune system to dairy and lactose intolerance is the body's inability to digest milk. You can tell the difference by the type of reaction your child experiences. Hives, rashes, itching, eye irritations, swelling, and difficulty breathing typically indicate an allergy, while stomach pains and abnormal bowel movements indicate an intolerance.
Question 9 of 12
The best way to safeguard your baby against food allergies is:
|To eat plenty of allergy-inducing foods during pregnancy to help your baby build up tolerance|
|Have your doctor administer allergy shots upon the birth of your baby|
Introduce solid foods slowly and watch closely for reactions
Introduce solids slowly and monitor Baby closely for a reaction. Although, pediatricians used to recommend moms avoid common allergy-inducing foods during pregnancy, new studies suggest this is not helpful when it comes to avoiding allergies.
|Avoid allergy-inducing foods while pregnant and breastfeeding|
Question 10 of 12
Because infants don't communicate with words, watch for these signs of infant allergies:
|High-pitched vowel sounds|
Crankiness, gas, and trouble sleeping
Unhappy babies may be unhappy because they have allergies. Watch for these signs and call your doctor if you suspect your child is allergic to something.
|Trick question! Infants don't have allergies—they are developed later on|
Question 11 of 12
Allergies are hereditary:
Allergies are inherted by children from their biological parents, but just because you and your child's other parent have allergies, that does not mean your child will not them.
|Doctors don't know yet|
Question 12 of 12
The RAST test is:
|The Regular Allergy Symptom Test that checks whether you have one of the eight common allergies|
The injection of a radioactive marker to detect allergies
Although it sounds like something out of a science fiction novel the RAST test is the injection of a radioactive marker to detect allergies. More common than this is the skin prick test during which an allergist or doctor will break the skin and test it's reaction to carious allergens.
|A test for pregnant women to check whether the fetus has allergies|
|Something we just made up|
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