With babies, it can
sometimes be hard to tell. They crawl on
the floor, they put things in their mouths, and they can’t talk to you about
what’s wrong! So how do you know if your
baby is allergic to something you are feeding him/her, or if some other strange
something is causing that little rash under their chin? Well, below are a few guidelines on what to
look for when determining a food allergy.
- itchy mouth and throat
- vomiting or diarrhea
- runny nose
- unusual crying
- shortness of breath
More extreme symptoms can include:
anaphylactic shock (this will involve unconsciousness or stopped breathing and will require IMMEDIATE medical attention.
Of course, your child can have one or more of
these symptoms (not including anaphylactic shock) and be fine. He/she may not be experiencing a food allergy
of any kind. The trick is to monitor and
mentally log these reaction in your mind, and then compare them to which foods
your child ate and when. Only then will
you begin to see a larger picture. For
example, if your baby develops a rash on the days he/she eats carrots, assume there
is something potentially wrong with this situation and begin to note whether
the rash in the same place, at the same level of severity, and the same color
and texture. Take notes either mentally
or physically this time, and bring this to your doctor’s attention at your next
It is also helpful to know the most common allergy inciting foods for infants. A few of these are milk (soy and cow’s), egg whites, wheat shellfish, and peanuts. Peanuts specifically often cause the most severe reactions.
Staying ahead of the game.
- Don’t introduce solids until they are at least 6 months of age.
- Take your time when introducing any food, solid or otherwise. Try it, wait a few days for a reaction, then try again. Simply forging ahead can create a more severe reaction in the event that your baby does have a food allergy.
You might wait an additional 2 months before introducing certain allergy prone solids.
- Meat, egg yolk and soy products: 8 months
- Cheese, yogurt, milk, legumes: 9 months
- Egg whites, fish, tomatoes, citrus fruits, strawberries: 1 year
- Chocolate, seafood, honey, peanuts, and all peanut products should be delayed for as long as possible due to extreme allergic reactions from some children.
Also, you need to be aware of your family history. If Granny Rose nearly died from a peanut allergy, that might be something you want to consider before handing your baby a little peanut butter cup as a special treat.
Always be safe. Never be sorry.
This blog post was provided by Stephanie Parker – our blog writer extraordinaire!