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Allergies and intolerance

Allergies and intolerance are increasingly an area of concern for parents of babies and children.  However food allergy and food intolerance are NOT the same thing. With a food allergy, there is an abnormal reaction of the body's immune system to a particular food. This can range from a mild reaction to one that is severe and life-threatening (anaphylaxis). Food intolerance happens because the body has difficulty digesting certain substances in food, or because certain substances have a direct effect on the body in some way. Food intolerance can cause symptoms such as diarrhoea, bloating and stomach cramps. However, with food intolerance there is no allergic reaction and the immune system is not involved.
How does a family history of allergy affect weaning?

How does a family history of allergy affect weaning?

Should a family history of allergies affect weaning practices among parents?

Testing for allergies

Testing for allergies

Wondering if their baby has an allergy or intolerance can be a stressful time for parents. Find out more about the types of allergy testing available here.