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What is Wheat Allergy & How to Treat with Homeopathy in Children?

My daughter has problems eating wheat. Nothing life-threatening, but the effects are clear enough that she’s avoided it for years now. With the gluten-free food craze, that’s gotten easier, but it’s still an inconvenience. We check ingredients and ask restaurants how things are made, and we spend more than we’d like to for wheat-free alternatives at home.

This is an incidence narrated by a mother who is upset about her child - suffering from wheat allergies over the years. Many of you may find it insignificant for the reason – wheat is a part of our daily food habits then how can it be dangerous for a child’s health? Almost everything we eat or drink comprises of wheat as one of the major ingredients. Be it bread, chapatis, biscuits or drinks – we can’t imagine our lives cutting down on these foods. Right? Imagine the trauma of children suffering from wheat allergies. Whenever they go out to any restaurant or hotel, their parents need to be selective and cautious about food options. Kids see their classmates and friends eating certain dishes while they can’t even think of having them.

Let’s understand this allergic reaction -

What is Wheat Allergy?

When someone is allergic to wheat, the body's immune system, which normally fights infections, overreacts to proteins in the wheat. When the person eats something made with wheat, the body thinks that these proteins are harmful invaders. Gluten is a strain of protein found in wheat and it is what causes sensitivity to wheat in children.

The immune system responds by working very hard to fight off the invader. This causes an allergic reaction, in which chemicals like histamine are released in the body. The release of these chemicals can cause someone to have these symptoms:

  • wheezing
  • trouble breathing
  • coughing
  • hoarseness
  • throat tightness
  • stomachache
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • itchy, watery, or swollen eyes
  • hives
  • red spots
  • swelling
  • a drop in blood pressure, causing lightheadedness or loss of consciousness

Allergic reactions to wheat can differ. Sometimes your child can react differently at different times. Some reactions can be very mild and involve only one system of the body. Other reactions can be more severe and involve more than one part of the body. So, if your child shows any of the above symptoms, please take him/her for a medical consultation. It is best advised to take homeopathic medicines for allergies. This wonderful science views food allergies as an expression of a disturbance in the patient’s healing system and therefore homeopathy treatment for allergies works by optimizing the overcharged immune system.

Related: Treat Food Allergies With Homeopathy

Management of Allergies in Children

When your child eats in a restaurant or at a friend's house, find out how foods are cooked and exactly what's in them. It can be hard to ask a lot of questions about cooking methods and to trust the information you get. If you can't be certain that a food is wheat-free, it's best to bring safe food from home.

Watch for cross-contamination, as wheat can get into a food product because it is made or served in a place that uses wheat in other foods. This can happen on kitchen surfaces and utensils — everything from knives and cutting boards to a toaster or grill. Fried foods often have the potential to be cross-contaminated, because they can be fried in the same oil as foods that contain wheat.

Also talk to the staff at school about cross-contamination risks in the cafeteria. It may be best to pack lunches at home so you can control what's in them.

Here are some other precautions to take:

  • Don't feed your child cooked foods you didn't make yourself — or anything else with unknown ingredients.
  • Tell everyone who handles the food — from relatives to restaurant staff — that your child has a wheat allergy.
  • Make school lunches and snacks at home where you can control the preparation.
  • If the manager or owner of a restaurant is uncomfortable about your request for wheat-free food preparation, don't eat there.

Also Read: Pollen Allergy: Treat it with Homeopathy

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