Infants 0 to 2 Years
Find out more information on how to realise food intolerance or allergy in your baby or young child. Food allergies and intolerance can be common in children especially if there is a family history of it.
Do's and Dont's
- Do watch and see how your baby reacts to both breast and or formula milk.
- Do be on the look out once you start feeding your baby solids.
- If there is a history of food allergies or health matters such as hay-fever, eczema or asthma you should introduce the most allergenic foods such as wheat, nuts, citrus fruits, fish and cows milk one by one.
- Do watch out for symptoms of food intolerance or allergy when your baby has been fed.
- Do contact your health professional if you have any worries about your baby and the foods they are eating.
- Don’t wait, seek help right away if you believe that your baby is having problems with their food.
- Don’t be scared to seek a second opinion if you feel the need to.
- Don’t limit the food intake of your baby unless you have been advised by your doctor or health professional.
- Don’t be scared to ask for help and advice.
Babies and Food Allergies
Food allergy is an adverse effect to a food or ingredient. In most cases, the immune system reacts negatively to food. This can cause inflammation in the body, which will generally cause a person to be unwell. If the baby comes from a family with a history of health issues such as asthma, hay-fever and eczema, then the child is more likely to have food allergies.
After eating, if your baby has a runny/itchy nose, sore throat, itchy or watery eyes, random rashes or maybe unexplained swelling, then the baby could possibly have a food intolerance or allergy. The most common food intolerance or allergy in a baby is milk or lactose intolerance. Symptoms tend to be a tummy upset that you will realise in your baby over a number of weeks. You should contact your doctor or health professional to discuss the problems you are seeing in your baby.
What Foods Should I Give My Baby?
If your baby or infant does have a food intolerance or allergy, it is important that you follow the advise of your doctor or health advisor. Your baby should always be fed nutritious foods to help them grow. There are many alternative foods in shops that your baby can eat instead if they have any reactions to regular every day foods.
Cooking food from scratch can also be a good way to monitor the ingredients in recipes and what your baby/infant is eating. As each baby is different and symptoms can vary, your doctor or health professional will be able to advice on the best foods for your child going forward. Book an appointment with them and speak to them about the options available. Your doctor will also be able to provide alternative foods such as dairy free formula milk so that your child still receives all the essential nutrients thats required.