Food Allergy FAQs

Q: I have a food allergy, can I pass this on to my baby?

A: Specific food allergies are not genetically passed directly from mother to child. In order for a food allergy to develop one must have ingested the food before. However food proteins can be passed in breast milk at levels that can sensitize the infant.

Q: Is food intolerance the same as food allergy?

A: No, although they can be easily confused. Food allergy is a specific immunologoic response to a food. An intolerance is anon-immunologic response. A food intolerance cannot be diagnosed with skin testing or blood tests the way food allergies can. one example of food intolerance is lactose intolerance commonly seen with dairy products. This is a lack of an ezyme in our digestive tracts that can cause stomach pain, bloating, and gas after eating dairy products.

Q: Is colic related to a food allergy?

A: Unlikely. Colic can occur in 20% of all children, regardless of diet. It is uncommon for food allergies to play a role in colic.

Written by Allergy Care physician, Thomas Glass, M.D.