Food Allergies

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 by completely avoiding the particular food allergen. For others, food allergy may be lifelong.

Common food allergy symptoms:

  • Rash or hives
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Stomach pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Itchy skin or eyes
  • Shortness of breath
  • Runny nose
  • Swelling of the airways to the lungs
  • Anaphylaxis

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 or food protein.


Did You Know?

The most common food allergens are milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts (such as walnuts, almonds, and pecans), fish and shellfish, wheat, soy, and sesame.


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 hypoallergenic and well tolerated.2,3

The hypoallergenic quality of EleCare and EleCare Jr is ensured through stringent manufacturing standards and product testing.

For more information about food allergies, check out:


Kids With Food Allergies (KFA)

Learn how to improve the day-to-day lives of children with food allergies and empower them to create a safe and healthy future.


The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network

Get the facts on what food allergies are – and what they aren’t. And learn how to recognize the symptoms and seek testing from a healthcare professional.


The Oley Foundation

The Oley Foundation gives people living with home intravenous nutrition and tube feeding the tools and confidence they need to achieve normalcy in their lives.


Peighton’s Story

Today, Peighton, who suffers from severe food allergies, is two and a half years old and still relies on EleCare for most of her nutrition. But we’re making progress! Peighton can now tolerate eggs and some fruit. We take it one day at a time.


Food Allergies

Your child is not alone. In fact, it’s estimated that 4 out of every 100 children in the US have food allergies.

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Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Disorders (EGIDs)

(EGIDs) are chronic digestive system disorders in which certain food proteins trigger an overproduction of eosinophils (white blood cells that help fight certain infections) in different areas of the digestive tract.

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Short Bowel Syndrome (SBS)

Short bowel syndrome describes a group of problems affecting individuals who have lost the use of a major part of their small intestine.

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Food Protein-Induced Enterocolitis Syndrome (FPIES)

FPIES is an immune reaction in the gastrointestinal system to one or more specific foods. It’s commonly characterized by profuse vomiting and diarrhea.

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Malabsorption and Other Conditions

Nutritionally complete, amino acid-based EleCare and EleCare Jr are helpful in the dietary management of a number of GI conditions that cause malabsorption issues.

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*Among those recommending amino acid-based products for infants and children ages 1 and up.


  1. Branum 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. Accessed November 20, 2014.
  2. Sicherer 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.
  3. Borschel MW, Ziegler EE, Wedig RT, Oliver JS. Growth of healthy term infants fed an extensively hydrolyzed casein-based or free amino acid-based infant formula: a randomized, double-blind, controlled trial. Clin Pediatr. 2013;52(10):910-917.

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