Food Allergy in Children

Where do we go from here??

When peanuts became such an allergy issue, an entire market opened up… peanut- free everything.  Now most schools and even school boards are placing nut restrictions on students’ lunches and snacks to protect those students who are severely sensitive.

It’s not nuts anymore, though….

A new study now shows that milk and eggs are more worrisome food allergies for caregivers than are nuts (1).   “…because eggs and milk are everywhere, and used to prepare so many dishes, caregivers with children allergic to those two ingredients feel more worried and anxious.”

So now what?

food allergies in kids

When my first son was little he was sensitive to dairy and eggs… not allergic in the true sense of the word, but his behaviour changed quite a bit when he ate them to the point where he’d be not so much fun to be around.  So kept them out of his diet for quite a while and worked on fixing the problem from the ground up (more on that below).  He grew out of those sensitivities.

I have worked with many parents whose children have more severe allergy than my son had, and I understand the fear that they have about exposure to these foods.

But where is this all heading?  What should we do about it?

Food allergies in children are getting out of control.  If you take milk, eggs, nuts, gluten, corn, and soy – the top allergens – out of every child’s school lunch, what are we left with?  And mark my words, I bet rice will be next.

I am by no means saying that we should not protect highly allergic children from exposure to allergens.  What I’m saying is that we have to looks for ways to stop this allergy train from speeding off the rails.

A food allergy is a symptom of 2 underlying issues – a digestive system that is not working properly and an immune system that is overreactive.  You can learn more about the causes of allergy in my book, Raising Resilience.  Cutting foods out is a temporary solution – life saving for some, yes, and an important part of the picture – but it’s a bandaid when you consider the entire picture.

Here’s what I think we should do…

From day one (actually from preconception, but most of us already have kids, so let’s start from there) we should be thinking of 2 things when it comes to our kids’ health – supporting their digestive system and supporting their immune functions.

Some of the ways we can do that is by…

–> offering wholesome fresh foods that are full of nutrients that support growth. More about that here

–> avoiding toxic chemicals that destroy the gut microbiome, burden the liver and stress the immune system. Watch this for strategies

–> avoiding sugar and GMOs spayed with glyphosate that might also be doing damage to the gut microbiome

–> providing our kids with probiotic foods or supplements on a regular basis. Check out this video if you’re new to the idea of the microbiome

–> allowing our children’s immune system to develop naturally while we support it along its way (this interview is full of tips)

–> know and understand the early warning signs that the digestive and immune systems are not functioning optimally and take steps to correct that by doing all the things listed above. If you are feeding a baby, you can learn all about that here.

I sympathize with parents of allergic kids… I really do.  I don’t want to come across as being flippant about allergies.  Whether the symptoms are respiratory, behavioural, gastrointestinal or whatever, allergies are a serious concern.

But what’s more concerning to me is what the allergy epidemic is telling us about the immune and digestive function of our kids.  They are failing.  And without them we have…. nothing.



Food allergy on the rise

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