MOST COMMON BABY FOOD REACTIONS & HOW TO AVOID THEM
Baby food allergic reactions, here are some of the most common baby food reactions your child can have & how to avoid them.
Any abnormal response to food that triggers a specific reaction in the immune system of an individual often expressed by noticeable symptoms can be termed as ‘food reactions’. There are some common food items that generally trigger food reactions in both adults and babies. Milk, fish, eggs, wheat, soybean, peanuts, tree nuts and shell fish are the most common food items that can trigger food reactions.
Babies are prone to food reactions right from the breast feeding stage. Hence mothers need to be very careful when feeding them any new thing and keep track of any noticeable symptoms immediately after feeding any new food to their baby.
If you are not able to breast feed your baby for any reason or if your baby shows any food reactions when breastfeed, then consult your pediatrician and request they prescribe hydrolyzed formula milk.
If your baby or toddler had a severe food reaction to a particular food where they experienced breathing difficulty and other severe reactions then it is very important to avoid such foods completely or should be given only after thorough examination of your infant by a pediatrician.
Unfortunately you wont be able to make out if the baby is allergic to a specific baby food or not until some food reaction is noticed. However once you know what foods your baby is allergic to, make sure that you avoid those foods in your baby’s diet either partially or completely under the guidance of your child’s Doctor.
· Babies that are allergic to a specific food can be allergic to other foods. So it is vital to introduce your baby to one new food at a time. A new food should be introduced and given for at least three days continuously before moving to another so that you can monitor your baby’s reaction to that particular food to make out whether it is safe or triggers any reactions.
· Studies reveal that delaying in introducing common foods that cause allergies for the fear that they cause food reactions will actually increase the chances of developing allergic reactions in babies and toddlers. Hence it is important to introduce new foods as and when it is required and expand your baby’s diet with the age. But introduce new foods one by one instead of multiple foods at a time so you can more easily keep track of any potential reactions.
· Keep a track of foods that you have introduced along with reactions noticed for any food by noting them down. If you notice any food reactions such as rashes or fussiness then discontinue that specific food and re-introduce that same after few weeks. Any coincidental reactions can be avoided by repeating the food after few weeks.
Common foods that can trigger food reactions in infants:
Nutritional formula of cow’s milk is completely different from that of mothers and other infant formula and can result in nutritional deficiency if fed regularly and can sometimes cause food reactions. Your baby can be given Cow’s milk only after their first birthday.
Botulism spores in honey cannot be easily digested by your baby, as your baby’s stomach does not contain enough acids. As a result honey should never be given to a child under the age of 12 months old.
Nuts or peanuts:
Nuts can cause choking in babies and toddlers. Peanut butter should be avoided in kids below 2 years as it can be a choking hazard. If a peanut allergy runs in the family history then it is suggested you give your toddler peanut butter or any nut butter only in presence of your pediatrician.
Food reactions are quite common in babies and young children and not necessarily anything to get too worried about many sensitivities generally subside once the child gets older. However you should make sure that if the child is severely allergic to any food item , it should be avoided completely from the child’s diet.
*** The information contained here is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment in any manner. Always seek the advice of your doctor with any questions you may have regarding any medical condition.