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South African Journal of Clinical Nutrition

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Case study: an approach to managing food allergies in a child

Shihaam Cader

Abstract


The management of food allergies can be challenging for both the health professional and the family alike. Food allergies are not common in an unselected population but are found to occur more frequently in high risk allergy groups. Interpretation of investigations together with a thorough history-taking will guide the team to optimal diagnosis. Elimination diets are only to be advised thereafter by an experienced dietitian to ensure nutritional adequacy. Reintroduction of foods through a stepwise approach is recommended not only to include the tolerated food allergens back into the diet but also to liberalise it and facilitate adherence thereto.




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