Child nutrition - Women's health nutrition & exercise
Food Allergy management
We provide individualised dietary advice for children and adults with newly diagnosed food allergies and those living with food allergies that need extra support to manage their allergies whilst also meeting their nutritional requirements.
The eight major allergens are egg, milk, wheat, fish, shellfish, soy, treenuts and peanuts, although any food can cause a reaction and develop at any time in life. A food allergy diagnosis should only be made by an allergist or physician experienced in allergy testing (NB Currently the only reliable methods for allergy testing in Australia are the Skin Prick test and a blood test known as RAST).
We provide you with the knowledge and support to:
* Avoid foods you or your child have been diagnosed with an allergy to, and how to incorporate other foods into your food repertoire to meet nutritional requirements, which is especially important during childhood for optimal growth and development
* Dealing with challenges that often arise with managing food allergies when your child first starts attending school or is attending a new school
* Find that balance between making healthful food choices for the whole family that cater for food allergies without all the fuss of having to make multiple separate meals for individual family member
* Learn how to effectively communicate your food allergy requirements to order an allergy friendly meal and enjoy dining out again!
Food intolerance investigation and management
What is food intolerance?
Food allergy and food intolerance are commonly confused as symptoms of food intolerance occasionally resemble those of food allergy. However, the following difference should be noted: food intolerance does not involve the immune system and does not cause severe allergic reactions (known as anaphylaxis). Food intolerance does not show on allergy testing.
Natural substances in food can cause food intolerance symptoms in susceptible individuals. These naturally occurring molecules often add flavour and smell to food. Sometimes they will trigger symptoms in people with food intolerances. The most common food intolerance triggers are glutamates (including MSG), amines, salicylates,
sulphites and natural colours.
Common food intolerance symptoms include, but are by no means limited to, migraines, hives, eczema, recurrent mouth ulcers, irritable bowel symptoms.
The elimination diet is an evidence based, reliable approach to identifying food intolerance triggers, and involves avoiding common groups of foods known to cause food intolerance symptoms for at least 4--6 weeks and then challenging with suspected food triggers. Meeting nutritional requirements on the elimination diet can be challenging, especially when it is being used with children, so it is safest that this diet only be undertaken under the supervision of a Dietitian and medical practitioner.