Study suggests over-diagnosis of food allergy in children

Many children’s diets are being unnecessarily restricted due to overreliance on blood tests for food allergies, claims a new study in the Journal of Pediatrics.

via Study suggests over-diagnosis of food allergy in children.

 

Is your child truly allergic, slightly intolerant, or perfectly OK with these foods?  If your child has a true food allergy, it is extremely important to avoid that food.  However, many parents are unnecessarily restricting their childrens’ diets because of false positive allergy test results.  It is hard enough to ensure a balanced, healthy diet in today’s fast food world; before eliminating entire food groups or foods, talk to your doctor about the accuracy of the lab tests, the pros and cons of doing a food tolerance test, and whether that particular food allergy usually lasts a lifetime or disappears with age.

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