Mubarak/Congratulations! You have a new baby in your life, and this is surely a very exciting time. However, along with the joys of parenthood come all of the worries too. You’re worried about how much sleep your baby is getting, if your baby is happy, and if your baby is getting all of the right foods. How can you properly identify and avoid allergens when feeding your baby?
Alhumdulillah, praise be to God, my girls weren’t allergic to anything as babies. MashaAllah, God has willed, that they are not even to this day, but we’re very conscientious because their cousins and many of our family friends have these issues. So, this intrigued me to seek out advice and tips from someone who knew more about this topic.
Discuss with Doctors
You absolutely must have a conversation with your doctor regarding this issue because he or she is the only person qualified to give specific and individual medical advice for your baby. Discuss what types of food you plan to serve, and update your doctor as your baby ages. If you’re really unsure about something, don’t hesitate to give him or her a ring.
Introducing Foods Gradually
Let’s say that you give your baby a plate with tiny bits of meat, a potato, and a vegetable. A few hours later, your baby starts to break out in hives. Which food is the cause of the allergy? When you give babies all of these different types of food at once for the first time, you cannot easily determine to which one your child is allergic. Therefore, you want to introduce one food at a time, wait a while, and then gauge the reaction to determine if your child is allergic.
High Allergen Foods
Some foods, especially peanut butter, have caused a huge amount of concern in recent years. In fact, some schools no longer allow any types of peanuts or peanut products to enter through their doors at all. There are generally two schools of thought on this. Some believe that introducing foods to children earlier can actually cause an allergy, and others believe that introducing these foods to children earlier can actually prevent an allergy from happening. Speak to your doctor, read up on reliable literature recommended by your medical professional, and make a sound decision. However, when you are introducing these foods, be sure to give a little bit and monitor your baby carefully. It’s also a good idea to do it when the doctor’s office is open in case there is an emergency.
Symptoms of Allergies
Now that you are aware of some of the strategies for introducing new foods to your baby, you need to know what types of allergy symptoms to watch for. According to Web MD’s article entitled “Starter Guide to Baby Food and Nutrition,” hives, swelling of the face, tongue and/or lip, difficulty breathing, vomiting, diarrhea, flushed skin or a rash, coughing or wheezing, or a loss of consciousness can all be signs that your baby is having an allergic reaction. Please bring your little one to a medical professional immediately.
Even if you follow all of these tips, your child may have an allergic reaction to food one day. Therefore, it is very important to remain aware of the situation and consult medical help immediately when you need to do so. Above all else, please discuss an individual plan for your baby with your doctor.
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