Does your baby have food allergies? See a specialist in Crystal Lake.

Does your baby have food allergies? See a specialist in Crystal Lake.

You want to do all that you can to protect your child from unforeseen dangers. Rarely do you think that may require avoiding certain foods. The bodies of children with food allergies have a natural biological inclination to view particular foods, such as cow’s milk, as an invader. In response to the introduction of this invader, the immune system goes into “attack mode.” This may involve the production of protein call IgE or another systemic response that leads to a reaction.

Symptoms of food allergies

A baby or child who suffers from food allergies may develop symptoms such as burning, itching, or tingling in the mouth, hives, itching in the ears, or difficulty breathing. These may occur very quickly after ingesting a trigger food, or a few hours later. Depending on the severity of the reaction, it may be necessary to obtain immediate medical attention.

Often, food allergies cause subtle, less dangerous symptoms, such as diarrhea, vomiting, or eczema. At Advanced Allergy and Asthma Associates, families from Crystal Lake, Elgin and environs can get the help they need to confirm whether symptoms are, caused by a food allergy, and if so, the support they need in managing the allergy.

Babies can have food allergies

Although not as common as childhood food allergies, it is possible for infants to demonstrate sensitivity to food. This may be cow’s milk, soy, or even the proteins in mother’s breast milk. This type of food allergy is called food protein-induced enterocolitis syndrome, or FPIES. Fortunately, this type of allergy is fairly rare, and it may be confused with a simple allergy to cow’s milk due to the fact that traces of cow’s milk proteins can be found in breast milk if Mom is a milk-drinker. Babies who display signs of gastrointestinal upset after eating baby food may have a sensitivity to rice or oats, according to experts.

What to do for your child

If you suspect that your child may have a food allergy, the best thing to do is to talk with your doctor. If necessary, specialty care may be obtained. By working with an allergist, you can discover which foods may be compromising your child’s comfort, and what you can do about it.

We are happy to help you take the best possible care of a child with food allergies. Give us a call today.

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Dr. Noga Askenazi | Dr. Eugenia Hahn | Meredith Cirrincione | Tonilyn Hatch

Dr. Noga Askenazi is a nationally recognized asthma and allergy specialist who is board certified in pediatric and adult allergy. Her areas of special interest are innovative treatment of rashes, sinusitis, food allergies, asthma and immune disorders. She was past President of the ISAAI (Illinois Society of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology), works on state and national committees for advancement of the allergy field and is a consultant for Advocate, AMITA, Northwestern amongst other health care systems. Her joy is helping patients reach their goals after together determining best treatments. Her staff and patients are a chosen family, and she invests in their happiness. She enjoys gardening, biking and cooking to good music.

Dr. Eugenia Hahn is a highly recognized board certified allergist and immunologist who treats patients of all ages. Her areas of special interest are food allergy, eczema, and asthma. She is president of the Illinois Society of Allergy & Asthma, a National Committee leader of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, a member of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology working on new treatment options for patients. She is a consultant for Advocate, Northwestern, AMITA, Northwest Community healthcare systems amongst many others. Her patients mean everything to her as she takes pride in finding the why behind the problem. She enjoys reading and spending time with her family.

Meredith Cirrincione is a board certified Physician Assistant and specializes in treating allergies, with a focus on asthma, rashes, environmental allergies, chemical and food allergies. She holds a Masters in Physician Assistant Studies from The Chicago Medical School - Rosalind Franklin University of Health Sciences. She is a Fellow member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, the Illinois Academy of Physician Assistants, and the Association of PAs in Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. She likes to approach things holistically. She is a strong patient advocate and adored by her patients. She enjoys singing, reading, cooking, and the great outdoors.

Tonilyn Hatch is a Board-certified Physician Assistant who has been working as a PA in Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology for the past 10 years. She has a Masters in Physician Assistant Studies from Midwestern University and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Brigham Young University. Also, she is a Member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) and AAPA: Association of PAs in Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. As a lifelong allergy and asthma patient herself, she understands the effects these health issues can have on daily life. She prides herself in taking time to educate her patients on their medical conditions and then developing personalized treatment plans for each of her patients. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, relaxing at home, spending time with her nephews in Arizona and niece in New Mexico, and attending sporting events.