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Diagnosing Food Allergy in Children

  • Dan Atkins
Part of the Allergy Frontiers book series (ALLERGY, volume 5)

One of the most basic and satisfying roles of a parent is to feed their child. As a result, feeding behaviors and responses to food ingestion are among the most scrutinized aspects of a child's life. Because of this careful monitoring, in addition to the frequency with which children eat throughout the day, it is not surprising that parents frequently attribute their child's symptoms to food ingestion. As a result, clinicians who provide medical care for children are routinely called upon to provide advice and accurately distinguish an adverse reaction to a food from some other cause of symptoms. The consequences of inaccurately labeling a food as a cause of symptoms include delaying appropriate treatment for another disorder or needlessly removing a food from the diet which could have adverse nutritional and social consequences. In those situations where symptoms are triggered by food ingestion, determining which type of an adverse reaction to a food is responsible is important because of the implications regarding the mechanism involved, the likelihood of reproducibility, and the prognosis.

Keywords

Atopic Dermatitis Food Allergy Allergy Clin Immunol Eosinophilic Esophagitis Food Challenge 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PediatricsNational Jewish HealthDenverUSA

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