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Healthy eating for children by Mandy Francis, Infinite Ideas

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5. I think I’m going to be sick!

Don’t panic about food allergies and intolerances – there are simple ways to minimise the risks and reactions.

Whether it’s nut allergies or dairy and gluten sensitivities – sometimes feeding children can feel as if you’re negotiating a minefield of potential food nightmares. This simple guide explains the basics.

It’s a fact of life that food intolerances and allergies are much more common in babies and children up to the age of five than in any other age group. Official estimates suggest up to 7% of children under the age of five may be affected by a food intolerance at some time and 1–2% by a true allergy.

The most common food allergies and intolerances are:

  • cows’ milk,
  • egg,
  • nuts,
  • wheat,
  • gluten (a protein ...

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