Martin D. Fried MD, Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, explains which foods can be dangerous for your child.
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Food You Should Keep Away from Your Child Male: We always talk about kid looking for finger foods, reaching for foods, but you’ve got to be careful. There are some foods that if the kid gets could get into the lung and we have a disaster. A good example is everybody knows popcorn, popcorn. There's a kid that have died several years ago because he got one kernel popcorn in his lung and I think it he was in a movie theater in the park. So there's concern about popcorns. So any food the kid reaches for that could get in the lung that can't be absorbed, we’ve got a problem. Is that true? Martin Fried: The number one food causing obstruction of airway is a Frankfurt because it doesn’t dissolve. Even if you cut it up, it stays the way that it is. Male: It’s more than just the skin. Martin Fried: Right. It’s the actual -- it’s the whole incased food. That’s the number one foreign body in kids. Number two is peanuts. The same reason, it’s a hard thing and it doesn’t breakdown easily and if it gets caught or goes down the wrong tube. And number three is popcorn. So those are three major things I wouldn’t let a child of before three years of age have. Male: Well, there are some kids certainly, some of these highly allergic foods and there are two schools who have thought. Somebody out just say give it after three, some say get the kid used to it under towards an—study that was done to the old. A little bit of peanut every year, the kid let say—most American allergist that I have talked to, they like to give it much later. Would you agree with that concept? Martin Fried: I agree with giving it later and the foods in general are they can be if you’ve been had a reaction to milk, your 30% likely to have a reaction to soy. Shell fish are very high in iodine and that’s causes allergic reaction. So we’re talking about shrimp, lobster, and clamps and mussels. Wheat as well is on the list of the most ate allergic foods. And if you have a reaction to wheat, I would certainly not introduce it before one year of age and milk as well. Male: In other words, you should speak to all pediatrician but most people say, I'm giving it later. You may have less problems on them with the child. But there is a different school that we have to bring to everybody’s attention. Martin Fried: And kids can outgrow those allergies. My nephew had a milk allergy when he was an infant. And every time I try to reintroduce it, rash over the whole body. But by the time he was six years of age, he had outgrown it. Male: I always tell people allergy is something is so much to money. It can leave.