Misdiagnosed Food Allergy Resulting in Severe Malnutrition in an Infant

Highlights: This case study describes a 15 month old child that was admitted to the emergency department with significant malnutrition and infected skin lesions. The mother restricted the child’s diet due to perceived food allergies based on direction from the pediatrician and chiropractor. During the hospitalization to treat the malnutrition and skin lesions, all foods that had been restricted were successfully reintroduced.

Application to Dietetic Practice: Physicians may not recognize the potential consequences of unnecessary dietary restriction. This case study (and other published reports on the topic) can be used as a reference to encourage physicians to refer pediatric patient on restricted diets to a dietitian.

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Posted in: Summer2013-Research