Dealing with Food Allergies in Babies and Children

Dealing with Food Allergies in Babies and Children


Dealing with Food Allergies in Babies and Children


Janice Vickerstaff Joneja, Ph.D.


Bull Publishing Company, Boulder Colorado




October 2007

Front Cover:

  • Offers clear descriptions of food allergies and what’s needed to manage them
  • Presents comprehensive strategies for dealing with the Top Ten food allergens and the most common food intolerances
  • Provides detailed information about food sensitivities in eczema, hyperactivity, autism, asthma, oral allergy syndrome, and more.
  • Reinforces the fact that developing children need every essential nutrient for their growth and development, and provides information to achieve that goal


Back Cover:

Coping with food allergy in babies and young children can be frightening, especially for new parents facing the problem for the first time. For anyone, especially those unfamiliar with food allergy, management of the condition in the very young can be intimidating.

Food allergy is a response of the immune system. It is currently estimated that food allergy occurs in 8 to 10 percent of children. Food intolerances, which are reactions to chemicals contained in, or added to foods, can contribute to the growing number of problems many children have with food allergies. While food allergy is much more common in babies and young children than in adults, most food allergies are outgrown by the age of seven. This book addresses common problems in infants and children afflicted with food allergies and food intolerances, and the difficulties faced by parents, family, and others who care for them.

You can ensure that you are parenting well if you educate yourself about the real problems that sometimes lie beyond the realm of finicky eating. Dealing with Food Allergies in Babies and Children focuses on the physiological aspects of food allergies in children , arming parents and caregivers with useful tools like the unique Allergen scale and other practical approaches and resources. The book contains numerous valuable and proven strategies, and provides essential information for dealing with the Top 10 Allergens — Milk, Eggs, Wheat, Corn, Peanuts, Soy, Tree Nuts, Seeds, Shellfish, and Fish.

Dealing with Food Allergies in Babies and Children guides the reader toward nutritionally sound diets for children with food allergies, drawing on the experience of clinicians, parents, and families of children afflicted with often difficult food allergies and food intolerances. It presents methods for analyzing and treating problems, but never loses sight of the child’s nutritional needs.

Dr. Janice Vickerstaff Joneja is one of only a handful of experts on food allergies in North America. She has scientific, clinical, and practical knowledge due to her experience as both a researcher and practitioner. The author of several books, including the successful general food allergies book, Dealing with Food Allergies, Dr. Joneja is an educator, author, researcher, and clinical counselor with over twenty-five years of experience in the biochemical and immunological reactions involved in food allergy and intolerance. Formerly head of the Allergy Nutrition Program at the Vancouver Hospital and Health Science Centre, Dr. Joneja currently runs a successful private practice in food allergy management in British Columbia, Canada and is an adjunct professor in the School of Family and Nutritional Sciences at the University of British Columbia. She holds a PhD in medical microbiology and immunology, and is a registered dietitian (RD).

Table of Contents:



Chapter 1 What is Food Allergy?


Chapter 2 Dealing with Pediatric Food Allergy


Chapter 3 Prevention of Food Allergy
Sensitization and Tolerance
Pregnancy and Allergy
Breast-feeding and Allergy
Adding Solid Foods


Chapter 4 Symptoms of Food Allergy in Babies and Children

Chapter 5 Diagnosis of Food Allergy

Chapter 6 Elimination and Challenge


Chapter 7 Cow’s Milk Allergy

Chapter 8 Lactose Intolerance

Chapter 9 Egg Allergy

Chapter 10 Peanut Allergy

Chapter 11 Soy Allergy

Chapter 12 Nut and Seed Allergy

Chapter 13 Wheat Allergy

Chapter 14 Corn Allergy

Chapter 15 Seafood Allergy

Chapter 16 Top Ten Allergens

Chapter 17 Fructose Intolerance

Selected Conditions Associated with Food Allergy

Chapter 18 Anaphylaxis and Food Allergy

Chapter 19 Hyperactivity, ADHD and Allergy

Chapter 20 Autism and Diet

Chapter 21 Oral Allergy Syndrome

Chapter 22 Eczema and Diet

Chapter 23 Asthma and Food Allergy

Chapter 24 Immunologically-Mediated reactions to foods
Eosinophilic Esophagitis
Celiac Disease

Chapter 25 Probiotics and Allergy


Appendix A
Diet for Pregnancy

Appendix B
Casein and Gluten-Free Diet for Autism

Appendix C
Gluten-Restricted Diet for Celiac Disease

Appendix D
Sequential Incremental Dose (Open) Challenge

Appendix E
Maintenance Diets

Appendix F
Useful Tools in the Dietary Management of Food Allergy