What to do if baby is allergic to Wheat?

Most of the people confuse wheat allergy to Gluten Intolerance. Wheat allergy is an allergic reaction to wheat whereas Gluten Intolerance is a reaction to a particular protein in wheat.

Food that triggers allergic reaction :

They maybe, hard candies, licorice, jelly beans, ketchup, vegetable gum, natural flavorings, spelt, soy sauce, crackers, semolina, breakfast cereals, pasta, cakes, muffins, cookies, and bread.

The probability of having a wheat allergy :

In case someone in family has wheat allergy, then there is a possibility that the child can
get a wheat allergy.
It is mostly common in toddlers and babies.
It is best to introduce wheat at a young age as a delayed introduction can case wheat allergy.
Also, it is advisable to take wheat while pregnant, as it prohibits the child to have a wheat allergy.

Symptoms of Wheat Allergy :

The symptoms of wheat allergy in children will be diarrhea, nausea, breathing difficulty, headache, hives, swelling or itching of mouth or throat, nasal congestion.
Symptoms of wheat anaphylaxis(life-threatening) will include rapid heartbeat, pale or bluish skin color, chest pain, swelling of the throat, severe difficulty in breathing, trouble swallowing and dizziness or fainting.
In case of any symptom of anaphylaxis is seen, then call a doctor immediately.

Diagnosis of wheat allergy :

Blood Test :
This test include checking for specific antibodies which could trigger an allergic reaction.
Skin Test :
A small amount of allergen is introduced to the baby skin. After 10 minutes, doctor checks for allergic reaction like hives or red, itchy bumps around that area.
Food Test :
The child consumes wheat-rich foods in his supervision. Then the doctor checks for any allergic reaction.

Treatment :

Antihistamines :
In order to reduce the reaction, the doctor prescribes antihistamines. It helps for itchy skin and watery eyes.
Epinephrine :
It is needed when there is a severe reaction. In order to be safe make sure the
child always has 2 shots of medication always with her.
Emergency :
Take child to the emergency room if there is any sign of anaphylaxis. Make sure to give epinephrine before taking to the emergency.

Precautions :

Inform people:
In case the child goes to daycare, then make sure that they are informed about it. This helps to deal with a medical emergency. Give Epinephrine to the school and child’s day care authorities.
Let child wear bracelet:
It can be given as a gift to the child. It would explain the medical condition and also deal with emergencies.
Reading Labels:
Always remember to read labels as wheat protein is almost everywhere. Avoid food that has potential allergens.
Avoid Wheat:
Use wheat-free cookbook, recipes, and websites to make amazing food. Avoid Wheat in food.

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