There are different types of baby food allergies. Some of the baby food allergies are temporary whereas other baby food allergies may remain for a life time.
Once you get the signs that your baby is ready for solids, you must now
learn and be aware of possible food allergies that your baby might get.
Normally, health practitioners recommend starting baby food
between the ages of 5-8 months of age.
Since a majority of normal babies are prone to develop food allergies
after the age of 12 months, it is recommended to make your baby taste almost
all (health) foods around, by that age.
There are different types of baby food allergies. Some of the baby food
allergies are temporary whereas other baby food allergies may remain for a life
time. As far as the level of severity of baby food allergies is concerned, some
allergies may only cause mild rashes on the baby’s skin whereas, on the other
hand, other allergies may cause upsetting of the stomach, itching all over the
baby’s body etc.
Normally, at the age of 5 months, you can slowly start feeding
solids to your baby. These solids can be in the form of
cereals, fruits or even vegetables. It is highly recommended that such solids
are in puree form. However, feeding solids doesn’t mean stopping milk feed
altogether. Milk feed needs to continue slowly side by side along with feeding
It is a good idea to observe your baby from being affected by any
food allergies like wheat or nut allergies. However, some babies are more
likely to develop food allergies than other babies because of hereditary
factors. Slowly introducing solids in your baby’s diet, helps you determine
which food isn’t going too well with your baby and resulting in allergies.
Tips to avoid food allergic reactions
Identifying the food
to research, 90% of allergies that the majority of the babies develop are
because of the following foods:
Protein rich food like fish and sea food
Grains such as wheat, soy seeds and corn
Dairy products like egg, milk and yogurt
Fruits like berries
Nuts like peanuts etc.
Introducing one food at a time
It is very important to have a little bit of a break of around 3-4 days
after introducing a new food to your baby, even if the food doesn’t appear to
give any allergic effect on the baby. This is because, it is crucial to give
your baby time to adjust to the new food, especially if the baby’s family
already has a history of food allergies.
This break is also important for you to observe how your baby reacts to
a certain food. This break will give you some time to observe if the
newly introduced food is causing a allergic health reaction or affecting your
baby negatively in any other way. Once you identify the problematic food, make
sure you delete it from your baby’s food list and note it to baby’s health
dairy so that everyone concerned is aware of it.
Best time of the day to Introduce food
It is normally recommended to avoid introducing new food to your little
one in the evening or night time. It is a good idea to introduce new food to
your baby in the morning or even early afternoon. This is because, during these
times the mother is comparatively more alert to handle any issues in case her
baby is showing any allergic reactions to the newly introduced food. Moreover,
the majority of child specialists’ work during day time which can come handy in
Symptoms of Food Allergic Reactions
Every baby is different and their body reacts differently to every food your introduce them. Some babies, when introduced with a new food, tend to react with sudden diarrhoea or even severe vomiting whereas other babies may only react by getting minor rashes over their bodies or even itching and swelling.
Mild food reaction signs can include a running nose or your baby getting annoyed right after having that particular new food. However, some babies might also get their faces, more particularly the baby's lips and tongue swelled up. Moreover getting a sore or tightening of throat is also possible baby food allergic symptom.
Once you get to know the food that is not going
well for your child and you’ve observed the allergic reactions, it is a good
idea to firstly remove that food from your baby’s diet and secondly, make sure
you make a note of the food and the allergic reaction it affects your baby
Further it is also important to stay alert and be
ready to handle the situation in case your baby is mistakenly fed with that
food again. The steps to follow are summarized below:
Put a big note of “foods to avoid” for the food
list that can cause allergy to your baby.
Write down a list of “what to do” when you observe
your baby negatively to a food item.
Accordingly, stock up the required medicine for
the baby to cure food allergies
Routinely consult your doctor regarding cure of
the concerned food allergies.
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