Baby Soy Allergy

Baby Soy Allergy

Baby soy allergy will happen when a baby's immune system overreacts to an otherwise harmless soy protein which it has identified as foreign and harmful.

Usually parents of babies with cow's milk baby allergy find out that their little one is also allergic to soy-based formula. Babies who are allergic to soy might also be allergic to cow milk protein and other foods such as peanuts, almonds and other nuts.

Symptoms of Soy allergy

Note that other conditions can cause the symptoms listed below, so consult your pediatrician if you suspect that your baby may have infant soy allergy. A baby may have the following symptoms if he or she is allergic to soy...

  • Eczema
  • Hives
  • Nausea
  • Wheezing
  • Vomiting
  • Tummy discomfort
  • Fainting

Foods to avoid giving to a baby with soy allergy

Soy-containing foods are very common. If your baby has a diagnosed baby soy allergy then avoiding soy containing products will be the only way to insure that your precious little one does not get an allergic reaction. There are formulas out on the market that are specially designed for babies with food allergies such as soy allergy. There is also plenty of food out there that does not contain soy, so do not despair. Some Asian cuisine however might be a good idea to avoid as they most certainly will contain soy as it is a very popular Asian food ingredient

Avoid these foods if your baby has infant soy allergy...
  • Soy (soy albumin, soy cheese, soy ice cream, soy milk, soy grits)
  • Miso
  • Soya
  • Soybean
  • Tamari
  • Soy sauce
  • Tempeh
  • Natto
  • Shoyu
  • Textured vegetable protein (TVP)
  • Edamame
  • Tofu

My Baby Is Showing Signs Of Soy Allergy - What Should I Do?

First of all you want to make sure that the symptoms that your baby is presenting are checked out by your pediatrician to make sure it's an allergy. Then if your baby does have a confirmed baby soy allergy, avoiding soy products will be key to avoiding any allergic reactions. You will also need to discuss alternative milk formula substitutes, that your little one can have, with your pediatric dietician. A hypo allergenic milk formula may be prescribed to provide your baby with all the nutrients necessary for healthy development.

Learn More and Resources

Acaai.org - Soy Allergy

Kids With Food Allergies - Soy Allergy

WebMD - Living With a Soy Allergy