This week is World Allergy Week (2 – 8 April 2017). Allergies are something many new parents worry about, especially when they start introducing solids. How do you know when your baby is having an allergic reaction? More importantly what should you do if they are?
Let’s first look at some of the most allergenic foods. These are the foods most likely to cause allergic reactions. It is important to note than these are not the only foods, but rather the most common.
- Nuts (specifically peanuts and tree nuts)
If you introduce these foods to your little one’s diet, add them one at a time. Avoid introducing eggs and milk, for example, on the same day. This way if your child does have a reaction you will know what caused it.
What does an allergic reaction look like? The reaction will happen shortly after your baby has eaten the food. Be on the look for one of these reactions after your baby has tried something new:
- Hives or welts
- A rash of any kind that spreads quickly
- Swelling of their face and/or tongue
- Vomiting and/or diarrhea
- Difficulty breathing
- Coughing or wheezing
- Loss of consciousness
If your baby does present any of these symptoms, it is best to get them to your pediatrician or nearest emergency room as soon as you notice them.