Common Food Allergies In Babies

Common Food Allergies In Babies

When starting an infant on solids, potential food allergies are often on a parent's mind.

Families with a history of food allergies should seek a consultation with their doctor that involves testing and food introduction under the doctor’s guidance.

Some foods are more likely to cause an allergic reaction than others. The most common food allergies are to:

  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Seafood
  • Dry nuts

The FDA requires that foods containing any of the ingredients listed above to be labeled, making it much easier for parents to shop safely for their children.
When your infant shows the developmental signs of readiness for solids and isn't at high risk for food allergies, you can introduce semi-solid foods and the other first foods as per the stage of food introduction. As with any new food introduction, keep an eye on the baby for any signs of allergies or intolerance.

When to Introduce Allergenic Foods

As noted above, there's no benefit to wait for introducing allergenic foods for infants. Parents can introduce them right along with other 'first foods.”

  • Milk: Cow’s milk is not recommended until the age of 1. The cow’s milk is heavy to digest, and your baby’s tummy is not entirely mature to digest it easily. You can, however, include yogurt into an infant's food options once they start solids. Before that, they should be breastfed or formula-fed.
  • Eggs: Eggs should be introduced after eight months. Scrambled eggs can be easy food for infants learning to feed themselves to grasp and put to their mouths. An omelet cut into strips or a hard-boiled egg cut into thin slices can also option a baby can pick up independently.
  • Fish and seafood: Fish is good to start after nine months to be digestible easily. On the other hand, you should not introduce seafood before ten months. Be sure to remove all bones from thoroughly cooked fish before offering it to a baby.
  • Dry nuts: Whole nuts are choking hazards and shouldn't be offered to a baby or toddler. Parents can stir something like almonds and cashews into oatmeal or yogurt.

Unless your infant is at high risk for a food allergy (eczema, egg allergy, family history), introducing allergenic foods shouldn't differ from other foods. However, babies can often sense nervousness from parents, and it's important to make mealtimes as calm as possible. Speaking to your pediatrician will help you feel more confident and relaxed during the initial solid food meals with the baby.


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