Food allergies are becoming a more common issue to deal with in children growing up today. The changing environment and the way food is produced has a big impact on how food is received by the body. Indications of food allergies include, but are not limited to: rashes and hives, change in color and consistency of the stool, abdominal discomfort, nausea and vomiting. Here are a few tips to monitor food allergies in your child.
1. Introduce a new food one at a time.Wait a few days in between introducing a new food to baby.
2. Keep a journal. Write down everything you feed your baby and what time. Keep track of any abnormal reactions; rashes, green colored and watery stool are indications of food intolerances.
3. Journal your own food: Breast milk passes on everything you eat to your baby. Keeping a record of what you eat for the first few months can help indicate what a baby is allergic to. Moms sometimes have to stop eating food that are prone to intolerances such as chicken, eggs and shellfish. ( Eds note: I found out my baby was intolerant to chicken when he broke out into rashes after I had chicken for lunch- I didn’t eat chicken, cow’s milk or seafood my entire time breastfeeding).
4. Stall introducing foods that are highly allergenic. Children’s immune systems are not fully developed till the age of 7. If you feel your child is sensitive, hold off on introducing foods such as nuts, shell fish, chocolates, berries.
5. Keep antihistamines at the ready. If your child is sensitive, having an antihistamine on hand will spare him from severe discomfort.
What are your experiences with food allergies?