Food Allergy

Food Allergy , Pediatric Integrative Specialty Services
Dealing with a child’s food allergy or intolerance on your own can feel overwhelming. At Bluebird Integrative Pediatrics in West Des Moines, Iowa, Dr. Cheri Standing offers pediatric nutrition counseling to help children and families build healthy diets no matter the intolerance. If you are looking for support in building a dairy-free, gluten-free, or anti-inflammatory diet for your child, or need help determining if there are food intolerances or sensitivities, call us now to schedule a consultation to learn more.

Food Allergy Q & A

What are common food allergies?

Although it’s possible for a child to be allergic to a whole host of different foods, certain foods are especially known for causing an intolerance. The following account for most childhood food allergies:

  • Cow’s milk
  • Eggs
  • Peanuts
  • Soy
  • Tree Nuts (especially walnuts, pistachios, pecans, and cashews)
  • Fish (often tuna, cod, or salmon)
  • Shellfish (such as shrimp and lobster)

In some cases, a child can grow out of these allergies as they age, but this is not always the case. It’s important to seek treatment for your child’s allergy if symptoms are occurring.

How do I know if my child has a food allergy?

These symptoms can be the result of a food allergy:

  • Skin rashes, hives, or swelling
  • Trouble breathing, sneezing, wheezing, or tightness in the throat
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Recurrent ear infections
  • Chronic abdominal pain, diarrhea or constipation
  • Chronic headaches

Ultimately, you should have your child tested to ensure that a food allergy or intolerance is properly diagnosed. Dr. Standing may recommend an elimination diet as part of this testing.

How do you treat food intolerance?

When you work with Dr. Standing on your child’s food intolerances and allergies, she walks you through the
process of determining which foods your child is reacting to. This may involve an elimination diet.

From there, Dr. Standing practices pediatric nutrition counseling to ensure that your child is still receiving the proper nutrients in their diet even if they need to eliminate one or more foods. Dr. Standing is experienced at helping families transition into gluten-free diets, dairy-free diets, and anti-inflammatory diets, with plenty of recipes and tips to help you get started and stay on the right path.

If you are motivated and committed to making lifelong diet and lifestyle changes, are interested in helping your child learn and appreciate some of the approaches that are often only offered to adults - like yoga, mindfulness, and nutritional education - contact Dr. Standing today to reserve a seat at her next free dinner talk. Should you choose to work with Dr. Standing she will begin by meeting with both parents so together you can determine the best plan for you and your child. Dr. Standing’s 4 to 6-month comprehensive programs include individual sessions with Dr. Standing, a health coach, exercise specialists, reading material, group classes and online video material. Dr. Standing and her team will work closely with your family to mentor you through each step of the process to make sure you feel supported. As you and Dr. Standing discover what works for your child, you can help them develop healthy habits that last a lifetime.

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