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My Child Already Has A Food Allergy: Can They Have SpoonfulONE?

June 10, 2021 2 min read

We know that living with food allergies can feel overwhelming. That’s why we’ve put together this guide to help you get started with managing your child’s food allergies. 

SpoonfulONE should not be taken by a child who has already been diagnosed with a food allergy to any of the ingredients included in our product. Additionally, SpoonfulONE should not be used as a treatment for any existing allergies. We advise that you consult with your child’s allergist on what options may be available.

Can My Child Have Other Allergens?

Just because your child has an allergy to one food allergen does not mean that they cannot be introduced to other allergens. In fact, if your child has one food allergy, it is even more important to practice early allergen introduction to help prevent a different food allergy from developing. 

It is important to be aware that if your child has one food allergy, for example a hazelnut allergy, in some cases they are more likely to react to similar foods, like walnuts or cashews. This is called cross reactivity. It’s important to be mindful of this when introducing allergens for the first time. 

The best path is to talk with your child’s allergist to create a plan to incorporate other common allergens into your baby’s diet. 

Alongside early allergen introduction, here are some other important topics to discuss with your allergist: 

  • Accurate testing:There are many types of at home tests these days that purport to diagnose a food allergy. Many of these tests aren’t accurate and will lead a family to unnecessarily avoid feeding their child a certain food. Ask your allergist about an Oral Food Challenge, which is considered the gold standard.
  • Food intolerance versus food allergy: Learn the difference between an allergy and an intolerance. If your baby has an intolerance to an allergen, for example they are lactose intolerant but don’t have a diagnosed cow’s milk protein allergy, they may be able to eat SpoonfulONE. 
  • Food allergies aren’t necessarily for life: Many babies grow out of food allergies. For example, more than half of babies grow out of milk allergies! There are also novel treatments for children with food allergies called Oral Immunotherapy. Know that there may be options for your child.

What’s Next?

 Here are some things to be aware of as you continue your family’s food journey. 

  • Learn the signs of a food allergy. These can include:
    • Itching, hives, and rashes
    • Swelling in the mouth
    • Difficulty breathing
    • Dizziness or fainting
    • Stomach pain, vomiting or diarrhea
  • Make a plan with your allergist, pediatrician or dietician. Depending on the allergy, substitute foods may be needed in your child’s diet to ensure the child is getting the appropriate nutrients important for healthy growth and development. 
  • Have an emergency care plan ready. Have epinephrine ready and instruct any caregiver for your child on how to inject them. 
  • Learn how to read food labels and the hidden names that some of these allergens can be under. 
Browse resources from advocacy organizations specifically for families living with food allergies. There is a wealth of excellent information at Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE),  Kids with Food Allergies, and Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Connection Team