The signs and symptoms of gelatin allergy are more common in people with a tendency to allergies and appear the first time that food is eaten. Signs and symptoms that may indicate an allergy to gelatin are:
- Pale and pelleted skin;
- Itchy body;
- Low pressure;
- Dripping nose;
- Tingling in the mouth;
- Cardiac arrhythmia and
- Difficulty breathing due to swelling in the throat.
These symptoms are severe and can appear immediately after eating gelatin, or they can appear up to 48 hours after taking a medicine or an injection that contains gelatin in its composition.
The allergy to gelatin can occur due to genetic alteration, and it can also appear in some adults, especially oriental ones, however, due to the mixture of races, some Brazilians who have oriental ancestry in their family, can inherit this gene.
What to do in case of allergy to gelatin
In case you have any allergic symptoms after eating gelatin or taking any vaccine that has gelatin, you should go to the emergency room immediately to avoid more serious complications.
It is important to go to the hospital because in some people the allergic reaction can be so strong that it prevents the passage of air through the airways, causing asphyxiation and this change can only be solved with the use of medications inside the hospital.
What does gelatin contain?
In addition to the classic powdered gelatine used in the preparation of sweets and desserts, gelatine can also be found at:
|Gelofusine||Triple viral: Measles, Mumps and Rubella|
|Gelafundin||Japanese encephalitis virus|
Although in a smaller quantity, gelatin may also be present in diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis vaccine.
The best way to avoid crises of allergy to gelatin is not to eat gelatin or sweets prepared with gelatin, and in the case of vaccines, make a treatment before taking any vaccine to avoid complications.
Can babies eat gelatin?
Children should only start eating gelatin after 1 year of age, and it is recommended to avoid the colors green and yellow, giving preference to red, at least initially. Even so, gelatine should only be offered once a week and in small quantities.
In addition, some children are allergic to gelatin used as a dessert, due to their dyes, which are present in all brands in very high quantities. Therefore, parents should only offer gelatin to the baby after 1 year of age.
Allergy-free gelatin recipe
To prepare delicious gelatin that has no artificial colors, being great to offer to children you need:
- 1 packet of unflavored gelatin
- 2 glasses of pure orange juice (or grape juice)
Mix the orange juice with the flavorless gelatin, mix well and then place in individual shapes in the refrigerator to cool. Another possibility is the preparation of agar gelatin also with fruit juice, which also has no dyes, being a natural gelatin, which is quickly ready and does not need refrigeration.
See other foods that your child cannot eat until 3 years of age.