How to Tell if Baby Has a Food Allergy

How to Tell if Baby Has a Food AllergyOnce your baby is old enough to start eating solid foods, this is the time when parents begin to wonder if there is a possibility that baby could have a food allergy. Food allergies can cause many different symptoms in infants, and there are specific foods that are more likely to cause allergic reactions. It’s good to catch any food allergies early on, but parents should still wait to give baby certain foods.

These top eight foods are more likely to be allergenic, but it’s suggested to wait until your child is three years old before giving him peanuts:

  • Milk
  • Peanuts
  • Fish
  • Shellfish
  • Eggs
  • Soy
  • Tree nuts
  • Wheat

Symptoms can occur immediately after the food is eaten, or they can take up to a few hours to appear. If your child has difficulty breathing, is wheezing, you notice swelling of the face or lips, or baby starts vomiting, you should call 911 right away. These reactions are severe and can be fatal.

Other symptoms that can occur due to food allergies include:

  • Itchy or flushed skin
  • Rash
  • Hives
  • Coughing
  • Tongue swelling
  • Diarrhea

If you notice any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment with your child’s pediatrician. They will evaluate your child to identify specific allergies and most likely will tell you to remove the food from your child’s diet. To identify the culprit, many doctors recommending eliminating foods from baby’s diet one by one until they figure out the problem. An allergist can also prick your child’s skin with food-protein extracts. Allergy-causing foods will leave a red, itchy bump. Sometimes food sensitivities or allergies can go away with time and you will be able to add the food back into your child’s diet.

If there is a history of allergies in the family and baby’s older siblings have food allergies, there is a higher chance that baby will also develop food allergies.

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