If your baby is 4 or 6 months old, you can start feeding them solid foods apart from breastfeeding. Since they have no teeth yet, feed them cooked and pureed food. But, you have to be very careful while introducing them to adult food as food allergy in babies is common.
Here is everything that new mothers should know about food allergies in babies and what to do for preventing them.
Food Allergies And Babies
Your baby’s immune system is not fully developed yet, thus it may response abnormally to certain foods especially when they are having those foods for the first time.
This abnormal response causes following symptoms:
- Runny nose
- Swelling tongue or lips
- Skin rashes
But, not all babies develop food allergies. Only those with eczema, hay fever, asthma, or family history of allergies are at the risk.
Even though your baby isn’t at the risk, you should not feed multiple foods at once to them. As this could make identification of food causing allergy difficult.
So, if you are feeding only mashed potatoes to them, continue this for 3-5 days to make their body familiar to potatoes. Then, try feeding something else for few days and keep this routine to make your baby familiar with different adult foods.
Common Foods That Cause Allergies In Babies
Surprisingly, there are 160 such foods that can cause allergies not only in kids but also in adults. Some foods leave only mild symptoms while others are more harmful.
However, only 8 food items of these causes most allergic reactions. These are:
- Almonds, walnuts, or other tree nuts
- Cow’s milk
Since they can cause allergic reactions doesn’t mean you should completely avoid them. You can still add these in their meals as it is completely okay as per The American Academy of Pediatrics. Because, introducing those foods later will increases the risk of food allergies.
So, don’t hesitate in including these foods in their meals.
Preventive Measures And Tips To Introduce Food Allergens
There is nothing much you can do when it comes to prevention apart from these steps:
- Continue breastfeeding for six months
- Go for scrambled or chunks of hard-boild eggs
- Introduce one food at a time
- Introduce peanuts within 4-6 months to reduce this risk
- Include nuts and fish in their meals within 6-9 months
- Keep honey at the bay for at least 1-2 years as it could cause serious problems to baby
- Watch for the allergic symptoms everytime they get a new solid food, if you notice any symptoms then stop giving those foods and consult a doctor
- Do not feed peanut butter directly. Mix it with warm water to liquify it so that they can easily eat.
- In case of asthma or eczema, seek doctor’s advice about baby food
Should I Avoid Allergic Foods During Pregnancy?
The above-mentioned tips can help you identify and keep your baby steer clear from harmful foods. But, should a pregnant mother start avoiding them too so as to prevent food allergy in their baby?
NO, however, its obvious to think this way but it won’t help it would do more harm than good instead. Because these foods are essential for the healthy development of baby’s brain and other body organs.
For instance, peanut prevent neural-tube defects and omega-3 in fish is required for brain development. So, avoiding them means hindering their growth.
Thus, eat nutritious diet during pregnancy and those having babies who are ready for eating solid food should keep above things in mind.
Also, always stay in touch with your doctor and pediatrician for regular consultation.