Food allergies - what you need to know
Introducing foods that are more likely to cause Allergies
As your little one progresses through weaning they will continue to expand their diet by introducing exciting new foods.
It is important to be aware that there are some foods that are more likely to trigger an allergic reaction.
These foods can be offered from around 6 months, as your little one is ready#. Introduce these foods one at a time and in small amounts to start with.
What are the symptoms of food allergies?
It is possible that your little one could have an allergic reaction when a new food is introduced. It is useful to know some of the common symptoms to watch out for are:
- Dry, itchy throat and tongue
- Itchy skin or rash
- Nausea and feeling bloated
- Diarrhoea and/or vomiting
- Wheezing and shortness of breath
- Swelling of the lips and throat
- Runny or blocked nose
- Sore, red and itchy eyes
If you are concerned then stop feeding that food item and speak to a healthcare professional.In the case of a severe reaction seek emergency medical help.
What to do if your baby has a food allergy
If your baby has a food allergy or eczema, or if you have a family history of allergies you may need to be more careful when introducing complementary foods. Make an appointment with your doctor or health visitor so that they can provide advise on how to manage the introduction of complementary foods.
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