Practical approach to nutrition and dietary intervention in pediatric food allergy

Highlights: Infants diagnosed with food allergy are at an increased risk for malnutrition. Nutrient dense foods are often restricted and nutrient requirements may increase (increased energy demands with tissue inflammation, decreased nutrient absorption, etc.). This article provides an overview of nutrition assessment in pediatric food allergy. Many practical tips are included, such as guidelines for incorporating baked egg or milk into the diet. When counselling infants on extremely restricted diets, other aspects of infant feeding are sometimes forgotten, such as the importance of progressing complimentary food textures. This article provides a good reminder. An excellent table compares allergen labelling in different countries, which is very helpful for clients that travel. For example, sesame must be labelled in Canada, but not in the the United States, where it may be hidden as natural flavoring or spice. Canadian clients with sesame allergy must be aware of this.

Application to Dietetic Practice: This article is written by one of the leading food allergy dietitians and her medical colleague. The practical nature makes it an excellent article for all pediatric dietitians. Dietitians experienced in pediatric allergy will likely encounter new information and insight.

Pub Med ID: 23384028

Posted in: Spring2013-Research