Food intolerance and eating problems

My toddler is highly allergic to dairy proteins (asthmatic reaction) and eggs, which makes it very hard to provide her with a well-rounded diet. She is also very hesitant to try new foods. Unless an item is crunchy, she tries to swallow it and begins to gag and choke. Any suggestions?

Some children may develop inflammation of the esophagus (the tube that carries food down to the stomach) as a consequence of food allergies. Pain may make her reluctant to eat and may cause gagging and choking. Talk with your pediatrician or pediatric specialist about whether your child may have esophagitis (inflammation of the esophagus).

It is not unusual for children with serious food intolerances to also develop behavioral problems associated with eating. Long periods of time on special formulas and difficulties with feeding and weight gain make it difficult for such children to learn how to accept, chew, swallow and enjoy foods — even foods to which they are not allergic.

You should talk with your pediatrician about having her seen by specialists in eating behavior.

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