What causes coconut allergy
Since there is no cure for coconut allergy at this point in time, living with a coconut allergy means learning to avoid coconut and coconut ingredients in foods and non-food items while being prepared for future reactions.
You will need to carry an emergency first aid kit with you, including contact information, antihistamines, and an epinephrine auto-injector, if prescribed by your doctor.
If you've been diagnosed with a tree nut allergy, you should avoid coconut given that there is a possibility of cross-reactivity and tree nut reactions can be severe.
If you're allergic to another tree nut, yet own a history of eating coconut without a problem, and are interested in seeing whether coconut could be part of your diet, discuss further testing for coconut allergy with your allergist.
Your allergist can let you know whether your test results and history indicate more testing or a food challenge as a reasonable next step.
If you own skin sensitivity to coconut—also known as contact allergic dermatitis—keep an eye out for ingredients and alcohols in beauty products that may be derived from coconut and avoid them.
Babies can be unsettled for numerous reasons and it can sometimes take time and effort to work out the cause. However it can be a genuine concern if your baby is uncomfortable, in pain, distressed or if he is being ill, experiencing diarrhoea or has other symptoms.
The Unhappy Breastfed Baby can assist you determine whether your baby’s behaviour is due to something other than an allergy.
But when you own ruled out most of the obvious causes and your baby is still, unhappy, colicky or experiencing dry and itchy skin, you may start to wonder whether your breastfed baby could be reacting to something in his diet, environment, or, if he is exclusively breastfed, something in your own diet. Certain medical conditions can own symptoms similar to those of an allergic reaction.
It may be wise to law these out before deciding whether a baby’s symptoms are due to an allergy.
A food intolerance doesn’t involve an allergic reaction but can cause similar symptoms. You may not need to stop giving your baby a food to which he is intolerant—reducing the quantity may be enough.
Eczema, other dermatitis and dry skin rashes can also be reactions to products such as bubble bath, baby wipes, skin cream, fabric conditioner or washing detergent.
Numerous mothers discover avoiding unnecessary products or a change of detergent improves things. Reading packaging can assist avoid problems with common allergens such as lanolin and perfumes. Use fragrance-free products whenever possible. Be aware that herbals can also be allergenic—being natural doesn’t necessarily make a product less irritating. Hay fever symptoms and other ear, nose and throat symptoms can be caused by spring and summer pollens and other airborne allergens such as dust.
Source: United States Breastfeeding Committee
Breastmilk contains tiny traces of whatever foods a mom has herself been eating.
This is the ideal way to prepare a baby gently for the eventual introduction of solids. The best weaning foods for your baby are generally healthy foods selected from your diet. The best time to start weaning is whenever he starts reaching out for the food on your plate.
A food allergy occurs when a baby’s immune system creates specific antibodies to a specific food. If the baby is then given that food, his immune system releases chemicals including histamine that trigger inflammation and allergic symptoms. Symptoms can happen within minutes or up to several hours after eating the food responsible.
It’s wise to see your GP if your baby is showing signs of allergy, but some symptoms are more worrying than others.
Seek medical assist quickly if your baby has an anaphylactic reaction: breathing difficulties, swelling, or a rash appearing immediately after physical contact or eating a specific food.
Doesn’t breastfeeding prevent allergy?
Breastfeeding generally helps to protect against allergy but it may still happen. If one or both parents own an allergy or food intolerance, it makes it more likely that their baby will too. Early exposure to baby formula based on cows’ milk or soya increases the risk of allergy or intolerance both in childhood and in later life.
A baby’s immune system is immature at birth.
Colostrum, or early milk, is wealthy in antibodies, particularly sIgA, which provides a protective coating inside a baby’s intestines.
Mature mother’s milk continues to provide protection, helping to prevent potential allergens from reaching a baby’s blood stream.
Tummy symptoms include:
• Seeming hungry for the breast but pulling away after a minute or two, arching the back and screaming.
• Vomiting, projectile vomiting.
• Diarrhoea—large numbers of large, loose, watery poos.
• Cramping, constipation and wind.
• Blood in poos. May be accompanied by anaemia—NB there are other causes for these symptoms too.
• Poor appetite, poor weight gain.
• Refusal to feed.
• Constant, excessive dribbling.
Ear, nose and throat symptoms include:
• Lots of ear wax.
• Runny nose, sneezing, coughing.
• Nasal congestion, lots of secretions.
• Noisy breathing.
• Lung problems such as asthma or bronchitis.
• Swollen tonsils.
Eye and skin symptoms include:
• Swollen eyelids, dark circles under eyes.
• Eczema, dermatitis, hives, other rashes and itching.
• Redness around mouth, on cheeks or in the nappy area.
• Cradle cap.
• Spotty ‘milk rash’.
• Excessive sweating.
Did you know?
• More than 20 substances in cows’ milk own been identified as human allergens.
• If a baby reacts when his mom drinks milk or has dairy products, this is a sensitivity to cows’ milk protein, not lactose intolerance.
• Most baby formulas contain cows’ milk, often referred to as ’whey based’ or ‘casein based’.
• Soya, the basis of some baby formulas, is also a common allergen.
• Baby formula may also contain fish oils and vegetable oils (eg palm, rapeseed, coconut, sunflower).
• Medicines and supplements can contain other ingredients that are potentially allergenic.
• If you or a member of your immediate family has an allergy or intolerance, your baby is more likely to own one too.
Identifying the problem food
If your baby is having only your milk
• Are you taking any laxatives, medicines, vitamins, iron tablets or other supplements?
• Do you drink lots of caffeinated drinks?
Coffee, cola, tea and some pain relievers, freezing remedies, weight control aids and diuretics contain caffeine. Chocolate contains a substance called theobromine that can own a similar effect to caffeine if you eat a lot.
• Own you recently eaten a new food or any specific food in large amounts?
• Are there any foods that you don’t love but own decided to eat during pregnancy or breastfeeding because you ponder they will be excellent for you and your baby?
• Are there foods that you crave? What foods do you snack on when you own a bad day?
• Do shut family members own problems with any specific foods? Depending on how sensitive your baby is, removing or cutting below on the offending items in your diet may well solve the problem.
If your baby is not fully breastfed
The majority of babies don’t need anything other than mother’s milk before about six months—no baby formula, drinks, solids or vitamins.
Babies over six months who own started solids can be sensitive to certain common foods until they are a little older.
• Could your baby be reacting to the drinks or solid foods he is having?
• Is he on any medication or vitamin supplements?
• Could he be receiving other drinks such as baby formula or juice, or solid food, from anyone else without your knowledge?
Infant formula or follow-on formula is generally cows’ milk-based and a common, avoidable cause of allergy or intolerance. Babies don’t need follow-on formula at all. Removing the offending food from your baby’s diet for now should solve the problem; he may be capable to tolerate it in a few months time.
If you ponder your baby may be reacting to a prescribed medication that he has to take, speak to your doctor—he may be capable to prescribe an alternative.
Common problem foods
• Cows’ milk, other dairy products and certain protein foods: soya, egg, pork, fish and shellfish.
• Wheat, corn, nuts and peanuts.
• Oranges and other citrus fruits; seedy fruits such as tomatoes, berries and kiwi fruit.
• Cabbage, onions and spices. Fenugreek is closely related to peanuts.
• Certain additives, artificial colourings, flavourings and preservatives.
Cutting out suspect foods
If your baby is exclusively breastfed you may need to eliminate the suspect food from your own diet for a while.
Only cut out one or two foods at a time and permit 2–3 weeks to see if your baby improves. Be aware that symptoms sometimes get worse before they get better. If there is no improvement after this time then that food is unlikely to be the culprit and you can reintroduce it into your diet.
Work below the list (above) cutting out one food at a time. Start with cows’ milk, the most common cause of problems. Check package labels for milk products, which may be listed as: butter, yoghurt, cheese, whey, casein or caseinate, or lactose. These can turn up in the most unexpected foods and in some medicines and vitamin tablets.
Some milk-allergic children do well on goat or sheep milk, but these are comparatively rare—more generally a cows’-milk allergy predicts an equally severe allergy to other animal milks, although they can provide a temporary respite.
Some children who are allergic to milk also react to beef.
Find out as much as you can before you start an elimination diet and enquire your doctor for a referral to a dietician, especially if you need to cut out a major food group. Unless your baby has experienced a severe reaction, you may discover you can reintroduce the offending food later in little amounts without causing symptoms. Seek medical assist if your baby has shown definite anaphylactic signs, such as an immediate rash, swelling or noisy breathing.
It can be fairly an effort to be an allergy detective with a fussy baby on your hands, so seek information and support.
The excellent news is that little changes to your diet could make a large difference to a baby with a food allergy or intolerance. An LLL Leader can assist you determine the most likely cause of your baby’s symptoms.
Local LLL groups are grand for practical and moral support and you may discover others there who own had similar experiences.
Written by Sue Cardus and mothers of LLLGB
The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding. LLLI.
London: Pinter & Martin, 2010.
Breastfeeding Answers Made Simple. Mohrbacher, N. Amarillo, TX: Hale Publishing, 2010.
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Picture this: Your dog is constantly itching, scratching, and biting fur, and you can’t figure out why.
Maybe you’ve tried everything from changing grooming routines to special shampoos, to medications. But own you tried changing your dog’s diet?
Food is one culprit behind allergic reactions in dogs that owners often overlook. In fact, there are dog food allergies and dog food intolerances. Just love us, canines can suffer from either or both. And food allergies in dogs can cause not only digestive problems love vomiting and diarrhea, but also skin issues, and even behavioral problems.
If you or your vet suspect your pup may own be having an adverse reaction to certain foods, and you’re wondering what it every means, you’re in the correct place.
We talked to Dr. Justin Shmalberg, a DVM and NomNomNow’s own veterinary nutritionist, to collect what you need to know. We’ll cover the following:
Food that May Contain Coconut
- cookies (macaroons)
- pie (coconut cream pie)
- yogurt (coconut flavor)
- candy bars (Almond Joy)
- ice cream
- mixed alcoholic drinks (piña coladas)
Coconut Allergy Symptoms
Although coconut allergy is rare, food allergy symptoms associated with a coconut allergy may happen after drinking or eating foods made with coconut in those who are allergic.
These reactions may include:
- skin reactions such as rash, hives or eczema
- gastrointestinal symptoms love nausea, stomach pain, vomiting, or diarrhea
- airway symptoms including wheezing, coughing, or a runny nose, and
- swelling, also known as angioedema, of the lips, tongue, or face
Severe reactions, called anaphylaxis, may happen in coconut allergy and affect multiple organ systems.
However, anaphylaxis to coconut is extremely rare.
Contact allergic dermatitis to coconut is more common than a full-blown allergic reaction. This occurs due to the presence of coconut-derived products such as coconut diethanolamide, cocamide sulphate, cocamide DEA, CDEA, which may be found in cosmetics such as shampoos, moisturizers, soaps, cleansers and hand washing liquids.
An itchy blistering rash may develop a day or two after contact with the coconut allergen, and take several days to resolve. If you suspect contact dermatitis due to coconut, contact your doctor for proper testing.
Foods to Avoid with a Coconut Allergy
To avoid coconut in foods, you must be a food label detective. Coconut is present in numerous foods as a derivative such as coconut oil, rice, sugar, water, cream, milk, and milk powder. You may discover coconut in cakes, chocolates, rum, candy, and many desserts. It may also be included in baby formula. And, as mentioned, numerous coconut-derived ingredients are found in soaps and shampoos.
These foods contain coconut:
- coconut milk
- coconut water
- coconut cream
- coconut oil (highly refined oils are generally not problematic)
- coconut milk powder
- coconut sugar
Botanically, coconuts are most closely related to other palm and betel nuts.
While botanical relationships are not the only factor that determine whether two foods will be cross-reactive, foods that are shut biological relatives often share related allergenic proteins.
For example, cashews and pistachios are two closely related plants that contain similar proteins. People who are allergic to one of these nuts are often allergic to the other one as well. When it comes to coconut, there is some evidence of cross-reactivity between coconuts and hazelnuts, and coconuts and walnuts.
However, the botanical distance between coconuts and tree nuts would propose that most people with tree nut allergy may tolerate coconut.
Diagnosis and Treatment of Coconut Allergy
Coconut allergy is generally diagnosed by a medical doctor (allergist) after a medical history, physical examination, and food allergy testing are performed.
The treatment for coconut allergy is the elimination of coconut from the diet.
You'll need to avoid coconut-containing foods completely to avoid an allergic reaction.
Coconut is found in numerous food products and is added for flavor and texture. Foods most likely to contain coconut include granola bars, cookies, other desserts, and cereals.
The Food Allergy Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA) identifies coconut as a tree nut (even though it’s a fruit) for the purposes of product labeling and consumer protection against potential allergens. Manufacturers must list coconut as a potential allergen ingredient and foods containing coconut are required to be labeled "contains tree nuts" under FALCPA.
You may also discover statements that tell, “contains coconut” on the label.
Not only will you discover this information in the ingredients list, but it will also be on the package. Some products won’t call out coconut-based ingredients on the label. There are two things you can do in this situation: call the manufacturer and inquire about the specific ingredients contained in the product, and/or skip eating the product.