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Food Intolerance

By Janet Marshall

Advanced Diploma Naturopathy. Diploma Nutrition.

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Food is an important source of nutrition and enjoyment for most children. However, some foods can cause health problems in certain children. These health problems can range from severe reactions such as anaphylaxis (a life-threatening allergic reaction), to milder health issues. Allergic reactions are caused by a heightened immune response and can be deadly if left untreated. On the milder side, children can be intolerant to certain foods. This means that eating certain foods causes an unpleasant reaction. In certain intolerances, such as gluten intolerance (Coeliac’s disease), these reactions can lead to further health problems if left untreated. The NSW Food Authority lists the most common foods that cause intolerance as being milk and lactose (the sugar found in milk), gluten, wheat, food preservatives and sulphites. According to the NSW Food Authority, surveys suggest up to 25% of the population believe they have a food intolerance.

Remedies

Aromatherapy

Use aromatherapy for creating a calming environment. A sache of Chamomile leaves, Lemon balm or Lavender can be placed in a stuffed toy or in the child’s pillow light.

Melotonin

Ensure the room is as dark as possible as this encourages the production of melotonin, the brain's sleep hormone. If the child is frightened of the dar, use a night light.

Magnesium

Magnesium 250mg for children aged 2-12 30 minutes before bed has a relaxing effect.

Diet

In the evening include: bananas, turkey, dates, figs, milk, wholegrain crackers or yogurt as these food increase tryptophan which promotes sleep.

Reviewed by Janet Marshall 11 June 2015 references
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    22.06.2017

This document has been developed and peer reviewed by a KIDS HEALTH Advisory Board Representative and is based on expert opinion and the available published literature at the time of review. Information contained in this document is not intended to replace medical advice and any questions regarding a medical diagnosis or treatment should be directed to a medical practitioner.

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