Food Intolerances & Behavioural Issues In Children | Allergy Test

Sensitivity testing: Why is it important? Find out below.

When we feed our children unhealthy food or food that contains too much sugar, it’s well known that it can cause them to go ‘hyper’ or behave badly in other ways. This, as we say, is common knowledge, so it stands to reason that if your children are presenting challenging behavior that you can’t explain, that a food intolerance could just as easily be the cause as anything else.

Sensitivities to certain foods that can be picked up using sensitivity testing can cause imbalances in the brain, gut and immune system and can turn an innocent bar of chocolate, glass of milk or plate of beans on toast into something that you can change your little one into someone you don’t recognize.

So, what foods can cause it and what can be done about it? In this article, we look in closer detail into food intolerances and how they can cause behavioral issues in children.

Commonly Experienced Food Intolerances

There are many foods that are regularly identified during sensitivity testing that can cause issues and whilst no two people are the same in terms of physiology, the most commonly experienced are:

  • Eggs
  • Dairy
  • Gluten
  • Shellfish
  • Wheat

When your child consumes a food that they’re sensitive or intolerant to, what’s known as an IgG reaction results, which causes the release of cytokines (an inflammatory chemical), which can then cause the brain, the gut or the respiratory tract to inflame. The ultimate result of this is that your child can be both emotionally and physically affected – leading to their change in behavior.

Types of Bad Behaviour

The food or foods your child is intolerant to can be pinpointed exactly using sensitivity testing, which is a good idea, as there could be more than one foodstuff causing issues. After the offending food has passed your child’s lips, their body will produce the aforementioned cytokines, which can result in:

  • Anxiety
  • Brain ‘fog’
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Tantrums

These symptoms can be particularly alarming if they’re out of character and they shouldn’t be ignored, as when they’re not managed, their effects can be particularly debilitating for your little one. The good news is that building a strategy to combat these issues is much easier when armed with the information provided by good quality sensitivity testing.

The Next Step after Sensitivity Testing

If your child is experiencing any of the issues described above, then the next step you take is an important one. The quickest, easiest and most painless route to a solution is by using sensitivity testing, which offers a direct path to the information you need to take steps to minimize the effects caused by your child’s sensitivities.

At Allergy Test, we offer scientific food sensitivity testing services and from as little as $60, you can have your child screened against any minor and major key food and drink sensitivities, putting you firmly in control of your child’s sensitivities, allowing you to create important coping and avoidance strategies.

For more information on anything discussed here or to order your sensitivity test, visit our website, where you can find full details about the entire range of sensitivity and allergy testing services we offer. Alternatively, for advice and guidance, call us now to talk to one of our friendly team via the LiveChat facility on our website.

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