Will your child outgrow their allergies?

Food allergies affect 4 per cent of the general population and up to 7 per cent of children under the age of three (1), the most common being allergies to:

  • milk
  • eggs
  • peanuts
  • tree nuts
  • soy
  • wheat

Allergies can develop at any point in your life, but for most people, they develop during early childhood.

Can children outgrow their food allergies?

A recent study found that just over a quarter of children outgrow their allergies by the time they are five years old (2). The study reported that it's more common in those who:

  • Are allergic to milk, egg or soy (rather than shellfish, tree nut and peanut)
  • Presented with their first symptoms quite early in life
  • Had a history of only mild-to-moderate reactions
  • Reacted to only one food
  • Had eczema as their only symptom

How do children outgrow their allergies?

Why some children overcome their allergies is not yet completely understood. One theory is that a child's tolerance increases when they are exposed to low levels allergens while their immune system is still developing.

The link to adult eczema, hay fever and asthma

Food reactions in early childhood are thought to be caused by a tendency to overproduce an antibody called immunoglobulin E (IgE), the antibody responsible for dreaded allergy symptoms, also known as being an "atopic" individual. This tendency also makes it more likely for reactions to airborne allergens to develop later in life, which can lead to eczema, hay fever and asthma (the “atopic triad” of symptoms).

Does your child suffer from allergy symptoms? Try our Natural Allergy Treatment!

The Naturopaths at HWA use a form of muscle testing (or kinesiology) to discover which food or environmental substances may be contributing to your child's symptoms. We then perform a natural allergy treatment which aims to reduce their reactions, called Positive Association Technique (PAT).

PAT is a non-invasive holistic therapy, which:

  • draws on acupressure and kinesiology techniques
  • aims to re-train your body
  • may reduce reactions to food and environmental substances that may be causing or exacerbating your allergy symptoms

This blog is intended as general information only. PAT cannot diagnose or cure allergies – it is intended to decrease reactions and help manage symptoms. It is not intended to raise unrealistic expectations. If symptoms persist, consult your GP.

(1) http://www.clevelandclinicmeded.com/medicalpubs/diseasemanagement/allergy/food-allergy/

(2) http://www.annallergy.org/article/S1081-1206(13)00445-6/fulltext

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