Severe Food Allergies in Infants and Children
Did You Know?
The most common food allergens are cow’s milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts (such as walnuts, almonds, and pecans), fish and shellfish, wheat, and soy.1
Your child is not alone. In fact, it’s estimated that 4 out of every 100 children in the US have food allergies.1
What Are Food Allergies?
A food allergy is a reaction of the body's immune system to proteins found in food. For some people, eating certain foods causes the body to make an antibody that triggers the allergic reaction. Repeated exposure to the particular food allergen can cause the allergic reaction to become more severe in some people. Fortunately, some people — especially children — can outgrow their food allergy after a period of time with complete avoidance of exposure to the particular food allergen. For others, food allergy may be lifelong.
Common Food Allergy Symptoms
- Rash or hives
- Stomach pain
- Itchy skin or eyes
- Shortness of breath
- Runny nose
- Swelling of the airways to the lungs
How to Manage Food Allergies
Currently, the only way to manage food allergy is to identify the food or food protein that triggers a reaction and then avoid all exposure to that food/food protein.
How EleCare® and EleCare® Jr Can Help
Especially with food allergies to common proteins such as cow’s milk or soy, or in cases where a child has multiple food protein allergies and the diet becomes very limited, EleCare and EleCare Jr can provide complete nutrition. EleCare and EleCare Jr are nutritionally complete, amino acid-based formulas made of 100% free amino acids as the protein source. Amino acids are the basic building blocks of protein and do not contain food allergens. EleCare and EleCare Jr have been clinically shown to be hypoallergenic2 and well tolerated2 in infants and children with multiple food allergies.
The hypoallergenic quality of EleCare and EleCare Jr is ensured through stringent manufacturing standards and product testing.
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1Branum AM, Lukacs SL. Food allergy among US children: Trends in prevalence and hospitalizations. NCHS data brief, No. 10. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2008. Centers for Disease Control and prevention, National Center for Health Statistics website. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db10.pdf. Accessed May 3, 2011.
2Sicherer SH, Noone SA, Koerner CB, et al. Hypoallergenicity and efficacy of an amino acid-based formula in children with cow’s milk and multiple food hypersensitivities. J Pediatr 2001;138:688-693.
3Borschel MW, Ziegler EE, Wedig RT, et al. Growth of healthy term infants fed a free amino acid-based medical food. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr 2001;688-693.