Wheat allergy

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Find out how to help your child manage a wheat allergy.

Key points

  • A child with a wheat allergy will usually outgrow it as they get older. The protein responsible for a wheat allergy is different from that responsible for a gluten intolerance.
  • Other names for wheat include bulgur, farina, spelt, couscous, semolina and graham flour. Food products that contain wheat include baked goods, canned soups, salad dressings, cereals, pastas, seasonings and soy sauce.
  • Your child can get the nutrients in wheat from other foods such as vegetables, fruit, rice, peas, beans, milk, cheese and meat. Safe wheat-free grain alternatives include quinoa, millet, oats, barley and corn.
  • To prevent an allergic reaction, always read food product labels, avoid foods if you are not sure of the ingredients and avoid using utensils or containers that might have come in contact with wheat.
  • If your child's diet is limited because of a wheat allergy, a registered dietitian can offer advice on getting a balanced diet.
Last updated: March 8th 2021