Egg Allergies in Kids: Reasons And Alternatives

Egg Allergies in Kids: Reasons And Alternatives

Ever thought that even eggs can induce an allergic reaction to your body? It may sound weird but it is true. In fact, egg allergies are very common these days. It is just that people don’t realize that it is not a digestive problem and they are allergic to egg.

The egg is the first thing that comes to our mind whenever we think of protein. It is a popular ingredient for many tasty recipes like cakes, pastries, pasta, pancake, omelets and much more. The common food allergies that you may have heard might be of peanut and milk allergy but the truth is that egg allergy is even more common than these two.

Can egg induce an allergy?

In the case of an allergy, the person feels less urge to eat eggs or a product of eggs. Sometimes it only appears to be a discomforting state which doesn’t necessarily need a prior personal dissatisfactory experience. Also, it may not show up until some specific age. On the other hand, it may be understandable since childhood for the rest.

What to do if anyone is allergic?

For someone who is allergic to eggs, the best idea is to probably avoid it. The word allergy means that the body is sensitive to a certain thing. Food allergies are very common and allergy from the egg is not an alarming thing. It is a normal reaction which shows that some bodies are just more sensitive. It’s not at all a disease.

When a person with egg allergy consumes egg, the body mistakenly identifies the protein from the egg as a foreign particle which is harmful to the body. It considers it to be pathogenic and decides to show up an alarming situation by releasing histamines and other chemicals as an indication. One can be allergic to egg white, egg yolk or both.

Common symptoms of egg allergy

Whenever an allergic attack from egg hits you, you may feel the following symptoms.

  • A skin rash
  • Eczema
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Runny nose
  • Continuous sneezing
  • Watery eyes
  • Headache
  • Stomach pain
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • anaphylaxis
  • Vomiting

These are only the most common symptoms which may or may not show up altogether. A person can face any one of multiple at a time.

How much common is egg allergy?

It is more common in children than in adults. In the USA, 2% of the children are a victim of egg allergies as presented by a report by American College of Asthma, Allergy & Immunology (ACAAI).

The risk of this allergy is even higher if the child already has a skin condition i.e. eczema.

Is allergy and intolerance the same thing?

 

 

Intolerance and allergy are different. It is possible to have an intolerance and not allergy. The intolerance is a minor problem which is mainly caused by the egg white (albumen). When they eat it, it induces a reaction which makes the body unable to absorb it. Intolerance doesn’t show up as an allergic symptom. It is often felt like a digestive problem such as bloated, vomiting, cramping, nausea, pain etc.

To avoid intolerance and allergy, you must avoid eggs. Also, the products which have eggs in them need to be avoided. Some alternate names of egg proteins as a part of ingredient list are; albumen, globulin, livetin, lysozyme, lecithin, vitellin etc.

Alternatives of egg

The protein of an egg is very important for the body growth. In the case of an allergy or intolerance, the body becomes deficient in proteins. A wise idea is to fulfill the amount from other protein sources or alternatives. Some of the better alternatives in recipes for eggs are as follows.

  • Apple sauce
  • fruit puree
  • Peanut butter
  • Baking soda and vinegar
  • Banana
  • Chia seeds
  • Soy protein
  • Powder egg replacer
  • Agar agar
  • Flax seeds

It depends mainly on recipes that what will be a suitable replacement for eggs. These ingredients add taste to the recipe without causing a reaction or side effect.

 

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The author is a Medical Microbiologist and healthcare writer. She is a post-graduate of Medical Microbiology and Immunology. She covers all content on health and wellness including weight loss, nutrition, and general health. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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