- Tips on how to recognize baby food allergies
Baby food allergy happens when your babys immune system
reacts to an
harmless food protein that
it has identified as a foreign
substance, "allergen". An allergic reaction will normally
happen not the first time
but the second time that the body is exposed
to the same food again.
If you are
concerned about whether or not your baby might have an allergy and
maybe you or your partner
have a family
food Allergies, it may be a very good idea to you consult
your pediatrician before introducing new foods to your baby.
4 day waiting rule!
Remember to introduce one kind of food at
a time waiting 4 days before introducing a new one.
4 Day Waiting Rule
your baby is ready for solids, introduce the foods one at a time
waiting 4 days
before introducing a new food. This will make it much
easier for you to notice which foods your baby does not tolerate well.
you introduce your baby to different kinds of foods all at
and the baby has a reaction, you will find it
very hard to tell exactly
which food caused the reaction.
your baby new foods one at a time waiting 4 days before
another new food is introduced.
Food Allergy - Diagnostic Testing
most commonly used method
to diagnose Allergies involves a
test know as
prick test. In this test a known allergen is applied to the
skin (this might be on the arm or on the back). The
skin is then pricked with a tiny needle so that the allergen
goes in, under the
skin. The area is then
monitored for any allergic reactions. Blood
tests can also be done.
Food Allergy - signs or Symptoms to look out
notice any of the above signs, call your pediatrician and voice
Itchy watery eyes
Poor weight gain
conditions other than food allergies may also cause similar
Few foods that commonly cause food allergies include...
Cow milk and cow milk products
Shell fish and other fish
this Food Intolerance or
intolerance is different from an allergic
reaction. Its common to confuse food intolerance for an allergy.
allergic reaction the immune system is involved. With food intolerance
the immune system is not
involved, but instead the body just overreacts
to a food and this may even led to a lot of tummy discomfort, e.g wind
intolerance is less serious than food Allergies.
Food Allergy - Cases
rare, some people can get a very severe allergic reaction, this is
Anaphylaxis or Allergic
shock. This may include symptoms such as
swelling of the throat, a drop in blood pressure, difficult in
breathing and even loss of consciousness. Call for an ambulance
if you notice any of these signs.
Anaphylaxis is potentially fatal.
Your Baby From Food Allergies
best thing one can do from start is to try and delay the introduction
of solids until the baby is about 4 to 6 months of age. If you can,
breastfeed your baby exclusively from birth to 6 months of age.
Foods to avoid giving to
Baby Soy Allergy
Baby Milk Allergy
Baby egg allergy
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Food Allergy To Introducing Solids To Babies