Scientists warn against putting children on allergy-free diet

childrenOSLO.Children : Sara Johannessen / SCANPIX NB! Modellklarert

A research group at Oslo University is concerned that an increasing number of parents are putting their kids on allergy diets without it being necessary.

Professor and consultant at Oslo University Karin Lødrup Carlsen warns that unnecessary allergy diets could have  consequences for those children’s   health, the newspaper Aftenposten writes.

– Children should not have dietary restrictions if it they are not absolutely necessary after a thorough examination, says superior.

Carlsen leads the group Oraacle at Oslo University, which is researching asthma, allergies and respiratory diseases in children and adolescents.

They work on the basis of a
hypothesis that a varied diet can help prevent food allergies.

The researcher also points out that in addition to physical ailments , psychosocial problems may occur as a result of diets.
– Dietary restrictions make life difficult. Most children do not like to be different, she says.

The number of proven food allergies grows, and the number of suspected food allergies also grows.

– Approximately 5 to 8 percent of children have got a food allergy, while there are many more kids, who their parents think have such an allergy. I think that is because food sensitivity has received much attention in the media,  Carlsen says.

 

Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today

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