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Allergies - Tips on how to recognize baby food allergies
Baby food allergy happens when your babys immune system reacts to an otherwise 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 history of food Allergies, it may be a very good idea to you consult your pediatrician before introducing new foods to your baby.
Remember to introduce one kind of food at a time waiting 4 days before introducing a new one.
When 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.
If you introduce your baby to different kinds of foods all at once and the baby has a reaction, you will find it very hard to tell exactly which food caused the reaction.Feed your baby new foods one at a time waiting 4 days before another new food is introduced.
The most commonly used method done by Doctors to diagnose Allergies involves a test know as The skin prick test. In this test a known allergen is applied to the patients 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 intolerance is different from an allergic reaction. Its common to confuse food intolerance for an allergy. With an 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 . Food intolerance is less serious than food Allergies.
Though rare, some people can get a very severe allergic reaction, this is known as 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 immediately if you notice any of these signs. Anaphylaxis is potentially fatal.
The 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.Learn Morea and Resources