Weaning a Baby and Food Allergies

Baby food allergies and weaning
Baby food allergies and weaning

Weaning is an important part of your baby’s development and it can be lots of fun too. When you start introducing solids, you’ll soon learn what they do and don’t like. However, some foods can cause an allergic reaction. That’s why it’s best to try these one at a time, so you can pinpoint any problems.

Weaning a Baby and Food Allergies

What are the symptoms of food allergies in babies?

Signs of food allergies in infants can vary but if your baby is allergic to a food you will usually see the signs within minutes or even seconds. If you think your baby has an allergy, you should ask your doctor for advice.

  • Coughing
  • Dry, itchy throat and tongue
  • Itchy skin or rash
  • Nausea and feeling bloated
  • Diarrhea and/or vomiting
  • Wheezing and shortness of breath
  • Swollen lips and throat
  • Runny or blocked nose
  • Sore, red and itchy eyes

Foods that may cause an allergic reaction

  • Cows' milk and other milk products
  • Nuts
  • Cereals containing gluten (wheat, rye, oats and barley)
  • Eggs
  • Soya beans
  • Fish
  • Crustaceans (such as crab and lobster)
  • Mustard
  • Sesame seeds
  • Peanuts
  • Sulphur dioxides and sulphites (preservatives used in some foods and drinks)
  • Celery

Is fish safe for babies?

Fish can cause an allergic reaction in some children. Avoid giving it to your baby before they’re at least one years old, when it can form part of a balanced diet.

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