Pediatric Allergy/Sensitiviity to Foods First Month

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When to Suspect Food Allergy
(information previously gather by

Walter Ward, M.D. Frances Waickman, M.D., & Alan McDaniel, M.D.)

Pediatric Allergy/Sensitiviity to Foods
First Month:

Colic, womiting/G.E/ reflux; cyclic crying-irritable, fussy, won’t cuddle; clear rhinitis; “Burned Butt Syndrome”; foul stool odor; and formula intolerance and changes

One to Six Months:

Continue signs and symptoms for first month, especially irritability; repeated respiratory infections, especially otitis media; flexor exzemas, urticaria; constipation/diarrhea; gas, abdominal distention; and eyelid edema

Six to Twelve Months:

Still not sleeping through night; signs of unexplained pain-head banging, crying, unhappiness; and wheezing

Three to Six Years:

Beginning of “Syndrome Ear”; all previous signs symptoms worsen; onset of more typical adult manifestations of inhalant, food, and chemical sensitivies

Observed symptoms/signs in affected children
Red ears/earlobes

Red “rouge patches” on cheeks

Clear throat or “clucking” from itchy throat

Swollen, cracked lips

Wiggling, jittery extremities

Excessive thirst

Malaise-“not feeling well”

Unexplained facial pallor

Extreme ticklishness
Observed personality changes in affected children
Overactivity, loudness, silliness, irritability, aggressiveness/hostility, vulgarity, persistent yawning, falling asleep, easily distracted, impulsiveness; depression; fatigue; refusal to be touched or obey simple commands, crawling away being or under furniture (escape); and changes in writing or drawing (dyslexia).
Adult Allergy/Sensitivity to Foods
Common symptoms and signs

Nasal obstruction (edema), rhinorrhea, thick postnasal drainage, sneezing, cough, bronchitis/asthma, hoarseness, repeated infections or antibiotics, sore throat (ticking, itching, burning, scratchy), “sinus”


Gas/belching, abdominal distention/bloating, loose stools/constipation; heartburn; geographic tongue, lingual tonsil, lateral bands, itching palate, colic.


Polyuria, dysuria/ Large proportion of patients also experience PMS, Dysmenorrhea, vaginitis, and symptom fluctuation with menstrual cycle.


Eczema, pruritis, midscalpular pruritis, uriticaria, nonpigmented “sandpaper rash”, circles under eyes, baggy eyes, upper eyelid edema, food-contact erythema.


Headache (includes migraine), short attention span, learning disabilities and dyslexia, mental fatigue, insomnia (either difficulty falling asleep then sleeps well or falls asleep easily then awakens around 1 am-4 am); postprandial behavior problems, “Jeckyl and Hyde” personality, irritability, food addictions, or compulsions.


Chronic serous/mucoid otitis media, chronic mucoid otorrhea, disequilibrium, lightheadedness, tinnitus.

Uncommon Signs/Symptoms of Food Sensitivity
Polyoid rhinosinusitis; dysphagia/globus hystericus; canker sores; prostatic eczema, enuresis, albumenuria, and anuria; acne; seizures, coma, alcoholism; Meniere’s syndrome, positional vertigo, rheumatoid arthritis, cardiac arrhythmias, edema, fever, cervical lymphadenopathy.
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