Baby Food Allergies

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Baby Food Allergies

Baby Food Allergies

When young children are fed with new foods, some allergic reactions may occur. Although it is not so common, occurring only in 2 to 5 percent of infants less than 1 year of age. Infants and toddlers are more prone to such food allergies as their immune and digestive systems are not mature.

Baby Food Allergies occur when baby’s immune system erroneously believes a harmless stuff; in this case a food is harmful. To protect body, the immune system makes particular antibodies to that food (called IgE antibiotics). If next time that specific food is eaten, huge amounts of antibodies would be released; such chemicals generate allergic symptoms affecting respiratory system, gastrointestinal tract, skin and cardiovascular system.

Baby Food Intolerance is a reaction to food that does not involve baby’s immune system. Foods such as milk containing lactose, monosodium glutamate (MSG), food colors and sulfites are some examples. as if a person with lactose intolerance would lacks enzyme required to digest milk and may experience gas, bloating and abdominal pain after eating milk products.

Some common allergenic foods are:

  • Peanuts
  • Tree nuts, such as walnuts and pecans
  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Shellfish
  • soy
  • Wheat

Above foods cause 90 percent of all food allergies.

Common Symptoms: Below symptoms usually appear after 10 minutes to 2 hours after consuming the allergenic food.

Immediate Symptoms:

  • Hives or itching
  • Wheezing
  • Runny nose
  • Red and watery eyes
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Vomiting

Delayed Symptoms:

  • Swelling
  • Eczema
  • Coughing
  • Swelling in tongue and throat
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Diarrhea

Diagnosing a Food Allergy

If you think your child has a food allergy or intolerance, consult your doctor, who will do further tests including:

  • Skin-prick test (SPT)
  • Blood tests
  • Elimination diet by removing possible allergy-causing foods from your child’s diet.
  • Oral food challenge to see whether an allergic reaction occurs.

Treating a Food Allergy

There is no cure for food allergies. Therefore avoidance of foods your child is allergic to is the only way to prevent a reaction.