Any allergy, from whatever media it might come from, begins with the same reaction. The body mistakenly assumes that an particle, whether it’s pollen, or in the case of food allergies, a food protein, as a harmful threat.
The immune system then releases immunoglobin E, otherwise known as IgE into the bloodstream, triggering a chain of events that release histamines in the body to attempt to combat the foreign particle. A skin rash, runny eyes, sneezing, whatever the manifestations, they still have the same first steps.
Baby Food Allergies
A baby will typically have an adverse reaction toward a food product, and one can often easily see what these reactions are.
An example of an intolerant reaction to a food product would be from lactose intolerance, where people who are intolerant cannot break down the sugar in dairy products.
Spotting Trouble Signs
A potentially dangerous allergy in infants can be seen because of the reactions from the food being eaten. A common example would be an infant having loose bowels after eating, and may even vomit the food in an effort to expel it from the body.
The throat may also close up or the lips and face may swell up. On the infant’s skin, rashes or hives may appear, among other unusual occurrences in the skin surface.
An intolerance is different than an allergy, and usually has more to do with intestinal trouble than reaction to any particular allergen.
- Hives or welts.
- Flushed skin or rash.
- Face, tongue, or lip swelling.
- Vomiting and/or diarrhea.
- Coughing or wheezing.
- Difficulty breathing.
- Loss of consciousness.
How to avoid allergy troubles
When introducing a new food product to your infant, be sure to try only minute quantities at first so that you can see if there are any unpleasant reactions to the food, and afterwards you can slowly increase the amount you are feeding when there are no apparent reactions.
During the course of introducing new food to your child, you should be able to see as well if your child likes it. If there are no negative reactions present, then you can safely increase the quantity given to a normal level.
The timing of introducing new foods should also be considered, and you’ll want to feed your child with new food early in the day so that you still have ample time to take your child to the pediatrician during clinic hours and disrupt your baby’s daily routine the least.
90% of all allergic reactions come from just eight food sources, and they are common enough to be found in foods everywhere. These are the kind of food products that you’ll want to check up on for your child, just to make sure that there is no reaction whatsoever.
- Milk is one of the most common, and you should check with dairy products should there be an adverse reaction.
- Eggs are the second on the list of allergen foods.
- Peanuts and tree nuts are some common allergens right up to adulthood, and they’ll have to manage these allergies all their life.
- Fish and shellfish allergies can be outgrown
- Soy and wheat are the last two materials that round out the list, and children can often outgrow these allergies as well
Having an allergic reaction is somewhat a bit of a bother, but with proper management, avoidance, or treatment, your child can outgrow these allergies, or manage to live with it at the very least.
Consult with your family physician when you aren’t sure of whether your child is allergic or not.