Your child is not alone. In fact, it’s estimated that 4 out of every 100 children in the US have food allergies.1
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
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.
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 tolerated3 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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EleCare and EleCare Jr can also help with the dietary management of:
*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. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db10.pdf. 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.