Introducing solid foods to your infant is something most mothers look forward to. However, with the introduction of solid foods to your baby’s diet comes the risk of food allergies. Babies are particularly susceptible to food allergies, hence you need to be vigilant when you start giving solid foods to your infant. This article throws light on baby food allergies and how to best manage them.
The first rule is not introducing solid foods too early. You must breastfeed or offer formula milk till your baby is about 5-6 months and only then introduce solid foods. Your baby’s digestive system matures fully after 5-6 months and is capable of handling solid foods only then.
To identify any food allergens, it is necessary that you start gradually. Whatever food you introduce to your baby, remember to stick with it for four consecutive days and only then give something new. This will allow you to track allergens and know exactly what foods are not suiting your infant. Milk, fish, eggs, peanuts, wheat, etc are common allergens known to trigger food allergies in babies.
Egg whites, wheat, citrus juices, fish, etc should not be given to infants as these are considered high risk foods known to cause food allergies in most babies. Once your baby is about 2 years old you can start introducing these foods gradually. It is also wise to seek the advice of a pediatrician if you have any queries about a particular food.
Symptoms of food allergy in babies start appearing soon after the food is consumed. Skin rashes, swelling of face and lips, vomiting or diarrhea, etc are common symptoms that babies exhibit when they are affected by food allergy. If the symptoms are very severe, you will need to go the pediatrician immediately.
For mild symptoms, you will still need to meet the pediatrician who will give you advice on the best methods to deal with food allergies. If your baby shows allergy to a specific food type in the beginning, it is not necessary that it will stay the same forever. Certain food allergies fade away as babies grow older.