All new parents worry about their child developing a food allergy. Allergic reactions to foods can range from mild to severe. Some of the foods known to trigger allergic reactions include nuts, eggs, soy, cow milk, wheat, fish, and shellfish.
Sometimes allergies are hereditary. If either parent suffers from an allergy, there is a possibility that their child will develop one as well. Fortunately, there are steps you can take during the child’s development to try to prevent future allergies.
Breast milk is the ideal food for babies from birth until they can start eating solid foods. Breast milk is easy to digest, strengthens their immune system, and has a low probability of causing allergic reactions. In cases where the mother is unable to breastfeed and the child is highly likely to develop an allergy, then hydrolyzed formula is recommended instead of cow or soy milk.
You may start introducing single-ingredient solid foods, such as pureed fruits, vegetables, or grains, between 4 to 6 months of age. It is important to introduce foods one at a time and monitor how the child responds to them after 3-5 days.
If they respond well to foods that tend to be less allergenic, then you may start introducing foods that are more likely to cause allergies one by one. Always introduce these foods one at a time and monitor the child’s reaction to them over the following days. Waiting until the child is older to introduce these foods may increase their likelihood to develop future allergies.
It is always a good idea to ask your pediatrician if you have any questions about your baby’s nutrition. At Salus, we have pediatricians ready to help. Make your appointment today by calling 787.789.1996.