Allergies and Their Effects on Children's Behavior

Allergies and Their Effects on Children’s Behavior

Children, many times, have behavioral issues, they try to be difficult or start behaving badly. This type of behavior is mostly due to some specific reason. Either they are not happy, want something from you, and are sleepy or cranky or hungry.

Their reasons can vary a lot. But, if you notice that your child is on bad conduct a lot and that it is not their usual nature, then consult your doctor regarding this mood change.

Bad disposition among children can be influenced by the various factors, like the environment, their diet or poor health. Issues like sugar levels, imbalanced insulin levels or allergies, sleep problems can affect the moods and behavior of children. Food, skin and seasonal allergies can cause physical discomfort and hormonal changes, which will in turn impact the behavioral pattern of the children.

Connection Between Food Allergies and Behavior

Several children suffer from a food sensitivity. Usually, food allergy causes bad conduct among the children. Either their bad mood can be the indication of some kind of allergy or rash. Or it can be a reaction to the symptoms of allergy. Behavior changes include sleep disorder, waking up during night, fatigue, hyperactivity or discomfort.

Sometimes behavior problems among children are often diagnosed as Attention Deficit Disorder or Attention-deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. But instead of the medication, the solution for this problem can be a change in the diet. Your child may be uncomfortable the whole day because of the glass of milk he had in the morning.

Children allergies

Children allergies

Or eating peanuts can be the reason why your child keeps on waking up at night.

Here are the common food which causes allergic reactions

  • Dairy product
  • Eggs
  • Soy
  • Shellfish
  • Food additives
  • Peanuts
  • Tree nut
  • Wheat or other grains with gluten

Allergies can cause physical as well as behavioral reactions in the children. Detecting a physical reaction is easy, as it happens immediately after the intake of some food and the reaction is something not expected. But detecting behavioral reaction is not simple. Behavior is in our control. The reaction to the allergy, that is bad behavior or mood changes, can be delayed.

Sometimes, the bad conduct is accompanied by the physical reaction. But this doesn’t happen all the time. During such times, detecting the allergy is really difficult. The only way you can determine it by paying close attention. For example, if your child is allergic to milk, they would be irritable, have meltdowns or be anxious. To find the cause of the allergy, is to pay close attention and keep the track of the meltdowns.

You are the one who can help the doctor to correctly detect the reason for the behavioral change in your child. If you think that food allergy is the cause, you can keep the track of the change.

Keep a record of the food eaten and the symptoms which follow. Share the accurate information with the doctor. Once you are sure, that food allergy if the cause of the problem, remove it from the diet. And note if there is any changes or the mood change is the same.

Once you know the cause of the problem, you can consult with the doctor, to design a better diet plan for your child. Every food has some or other nutritional qualities in them.

When you remove something from the diet, there is the loss there. And a child needs a balanced diet. Unbalanced diet can also be the reason for the behavioral change. So, talk to the doctor and find an alternative for the allergen and give your kid a healthy diet.

Dr. Jess (MD)

Dr. Jess (Dr. Jessica Peatross) is a western trained medical doctor who began her journey into healing in 2009.

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    My 4yo son still pres the bed every now and then and sometimes wakes up in a night terror. I’ve noticed both of these things happen if we eat food that isn’t organic or non gmo. We try most of week to eat clean but on the weekend seem to fall off our normal routine due to errands and what not. Is there any coorilation?

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