Speak to your GP or pharmacist about DaliVit Drops and make sure your little ones are getting ALL the right vitamins

The 'need to know' about allergies

Peanut allergy is becoming ever more commonplace, with recent studies showing that the rate of peanut allergy has doubled over a five year period both here in Europe and the United States. Peanut allergy is estimated to affect 1 in 50 young infants.

The last 40 years have seen a dramatic rise in allergic diseases such as asthma, eczema and hay fever, particularly in the western world, with peanut allergy being one of the most common in the UK.

Food allergies are amongst the most common in children who come from families where other members suffer from an allergy. Babies with eczema are particularly at risk of having some form of food allergy.

A food allergy occurs when the immune system becomes confused – instead of ignoring harmless food proteins, its triggers a reaction, which leads to the release of a chemical called histamine. It is histamine which causes the classic allergy symptoms of hives and swelling. A more serious reaction is anaphylaxis and this may be life threatening.

Common symptoms of an immediate food allergy are:

Nausea, vomiting, tummy cramps and diarrhoea

A runny nose, sneezing and watery eyes

Mild swelling, particularly of the lips, eyes and face

A flushed face, hives, a red itchy rash

There are also what are termed as delayed allergies, which in infants may cause chronic symptoms such as eczema, reflux, colic, poor growth, frequent distressing crying, diarrhoea or even constipation.

Children with a food allergy are also at risk of missing out on the essential nutrients that they would otherwise get.

See DaliVit allergies video below...

Vitamins and a 'healthy diet'

A healthy diet will provide all the vitamins you need, however, children have a higher vitamin requirement which may not always be met by their diet, therefore it may be necessary to supplement their vitamin intake.

Below are the 7 essential vitamins and examples of foods that naturally contain these vitamins:  

Vitamin A and Vitamin D2

For the development of bones, teeth, skin and the prevention of rickets. Vitamin A helps the maintenance of healthy vision, skin and immune system.

Natural sources of Vitamin A can be found in foods such as milk, eggs, cheese, carrots, squash and sweet potato. 

Natural sources of Vitamin D2 are found in milk, cheese, eggs and fish. 

Vitamin B1, B2, B3 and Vitamin B6

For the development and functioning of the nervous system. Also helps energy generate levels and aids metabolism.
Natural sources of Vitamin B1, B2, B3 and B6 can be found in foods such as meat, fish, chicken, milk, cheese, eggs, potatoes, bananas, beans. 

Vitamin C

Helps develop healthy blood, gums, cartilage and also aids iron absorption.

Natural sources of Vitamin C
can be found in foods such as green vegetables such as cabbage and broccoli, fruits such as strawberries and kiwi, tomatoes and red peppers.

Fussy eaters...

It's quite likely that children particularly young children may be quite fussy when it comes to meal times, it is important that over time to try and introduce more foods that contain the essential vitamins, for very young children, the 7 essential vitamins can be obtained with DaliVit Drops.