Food allergy can cause digestive problems such as stomach pain, diarrhoea and vomiting in adults as well as in children, even from the first year of life. Food allergy is a growing, serious public health problem that affects both adults and children. Today, a wide range of foods has been reported to cause food allergies, and over the last 10-20 years there has been a true rise in the prevalence of food allergies.
The symptoms are closely associated with food intake. However, it can be difficult to make a proper diagnosis as there are several possible causes of gastrointestinal problems such as food allergy, gluten intolerance (celiac disease) or lactose intolerance. If you think you or your child has food allergies, do not try to manage the problem yourself by removing foods from your diet until you get a correct diagnosis. It is important to see your doctor and have an allergy test in order to help find out whether or not the symptoms are actually due to food allergy, and to specifically identify your food triggers.
With food allergies, knowing what to avoid will not only help you or your child feel better today, but it may also help in avoiding more serious food allergy symptoms in the future.