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Food Allergies

Your baby may have food allergies that you are not aware off. The following are ways to protect your baby from allergies when introducing your baby to new foods:
  • Start with single foods, not mixed. If your baby shows signs of allergy, this makes it easier to know which food is causing the problem.
  • There is no need to delay the introduction of foods, even if there is a family history of allergies. However, parents should wait two days before introducing common food allergens (eggs, milk, mustard, peanuts, seafood, sesame, soy, tree nuts, wheat) to help identify the cause of a potential reaction. 
  • You do not have to delay giving your baby foods such as nut products, peanuts, cow’s milk products and eggs, to prevent allergies. These foods can be introduced after six months of age.
  • Signs of allergy are rash, vomiting, diarrhea, or breathing problems. Stop feeding the food if you think it causes any of these symptoms. Talk to you doctor. Call 911 if your baby is having trouble breathing.
 
Source:  Best Start and the Nutrition Resource Centre. 'Feeding your baby: From six months to one year'. Retrieved from: www.beststart.org.