Signs your child may have food allergies

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Signs your child may have food allergies

Infants or toddlers can express food allergies in a variety of ways. With infants, a lot of times we are seeing colic. It's a really, really fussy baby. Sometimes they even have blood in their stool and that could indicate an intolerance to something to something they are being fed. Sometimes we are seeing eczema, so babies who have a lot of eczema on their skin. With toddlers, it could be a variety of things. They can have diarrhea, constipated, eczema, hives. When you feed them a new food, they might have a rash around their mouth or they might have severe allergies. They might get a swollen mouth, swollen eyes, a severe case of a food allergy. A severe case is when they have a swollen throat or anaphylaxis, when their throat closes up and have difficulty breathing. It's a serious medical emergency. So if you have any indication that your child is having some sort of food allergy, please contact a physician to let them know what's going on. Take any precautions that you need to take.
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Nicole Meadow, MPN, RD

Pediatric Dietitian

Nicole Meadow, MPN, RD is the founder of NutritionWise, a nutrition consulting practice based in Los Angeles.  She enjoys working with clients in all ages and stages of the lifespan and has specialized training in working with children and families. As a trusted partner who works closely with her clients and their physicians, she specializes in medical nutrition-related issues including food allergies, diabetes (type I, II and gestational), overweight/obesity, celiac disease, feeding disorders, failure to thrive, cardiac disease, eating disorders, and others.  Nicole’s approach and philosophy are based on a client-centered model.  She looks at each client on an individual basis and develops their plan according to their specific needs.  Nicole works with her clients to develop realistic and attainable goals. 

Prior to opening her private practice, she practiced as a clinical dietitian at the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (outpatient clinics, school-based clinics, community education), at Cedars Sinai Medical Center and in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Cedars Sinai Medical Center.  

In addition to her clinical work, Nicole publishes her own newsletter, NutritionWise Monthly. She has contributed to numerous publications and websites including Healthy Child Healthy World, Breezy Mama, Parenting, The Bump, ICAN (Infant, Child and Adolescent Nutrition- a professional publication) and is a frequent speaker to local schools, corporations and the community at large. Nicole has also provided consulting services to several national food and beverage companies.  She is the founder of the San Fernando Valley Family Food Allergy Support Group and is on the medical advisory board for the Celiac Disease Foundation. 

Nicole received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan and a Master of Arts Degree in Preventive Nutrition from the University of Southern California. She then completed the Dietetic Internship program at California State University Northridge.


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