Early School Health Radio Shows — 15 May 2013
The Difference Between Food Allergies and Food Intolerances

 Does your child suffer from a food allergy?

Allergy or Intolerance?

Does your child have a food intolerance…or a food allergy?  Generally with food intolerance, a person doesn’t have a certain enzyme to break down certain foods.  In a food allergy a person is actually allergic to the food itself.  Dr. Lauren Donaldson-Bradley, co-author of The Baby’s Table elaborates on the difference between a food allergy and an intolerance. “Food allergies are actually quite rare.  I think the term food allergy is quite loosely used.  But a true food allergy is what we think of as those serious life-threatening reactions to do with the airway and the immune system that’s an immune response, which can lead to anaphylaxis, and even death. Those are the food allergies.  What people tend to get quite worried about are actually food intolerances.  Those are the common things like skin rash, or stomach upset, or itchy eyes.  Those sorts of things tend to be intolerances and those can be outgrown.”

The Parent Report’s guest expert is Dr. Lauren Donaldson-Bradley, co-author of The Baby’s Table.  Adapted from The Parent Report Radio Show. Any advice or information contained herein should never be a substitute for professional and/or medical advice, diagnosis and treatment. For more information please review Terms of Service.

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