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Foods causing Adverse Reactions


Some foods cause adverse reactions initially when they are introduced. Such foods should be avoided in the first 6 months and then gradually started. In cases where there is a family history of allergy, then such foods should be completely avoided. Here is a guide on which foods to avoid.


The digestive system of small babies is under the process of development. Therefore, introduction of any new food time may cause adverse reactions in them. As such, it is important for parents to make a note of such foods and what they can do in such situations.


Which foods could cause adverse reactions when they are first introduced?

In families with history of allergy (asthma, eczema) foods such as artificial milk, egg, cocoa preparations (like chocolate), juices and wheat preparations are likely to cause allergies in children.  Therefore, avoid these foods at least until the completion of 6 months.  In cases where there is a strong family history of allergy, it may be advisable to avoid all foods other than breast milk until the age of 6 months.


What are types of reactions that can be caused due to food?

Here are some of the adverse food reactions that can be observed in babies when solids are introduced.

Diarrhoea

Diarrhoea is one of the common food reactions in children. Excessive intake fruits having heat inducing properties and fruits that help in constipation can cause diarrhoea. For example, fruits like prunes, pears, plums, peaches, dry fruits like raisins and some fruit juices may cause adverse reaction like diarrhoea.

Eczema

Foods like peanuts, eggs, milk, fish, soy and wheat are main culprits of eczema or atopic dermatitis in babies. When babies are affected by this condition, their skin may become red, itchy and dry.

Botulism

Giving honey to babies under 1 year of age can cause botulism in them. Honey contains the bacteria Clostridium botulinum which can cause poisoning in babies. This type of reaction can even become life-threatening for babies as their digestive system is still developing. Botulism can also be caused due to foods like green beans, canned tuna fish and mushrooms.

Hives

Hives may look like pale red bumps on skin and may also appear like insect bites. Itching also accompanies with this kind of allergy. Foods like shellfish, milk, peanut, eggs, nuts, etc, can trigger hives in babies. Apart from the foods some preservatives and additives are also known to cause this kind of allergy.

Other Types of Reactions

Here is the list of some other reactions in babies that can be caused due to food.
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Dizziness and fainting
  • Wheezing
  • Cold and cough
  • Sore throat
  • Swelling of lips
  • Swelling of tongue
  • Stomach ache
  • Blotting of stomach
  • Vomiting
Some foods may also cause serious reactions like Anaphylaxis. Therefore, any of the above symptoms is observed, it is a must to consult a doctor immediately. Your doctor is the right person to diagnose and suggest right remedies to deal with such reactions.  


How to prevent food allergies in babies?

Here is how you can prevent food allergies in your baby.
  • If there is a history of food allergies in your family, you must make a note of such foods and prevent giving them to your baby.
  • Do not give any foods containing additives and preservatives to your baby.
  • Breastfeed your baby as much as you can. Adequate breastfeeding can make your baby immune to food allergies.
  • While introducing solids to your baby, introduce one at a time.
  • Introduce the foods that are suspected to cause allergy after your baby turns 6 months old to reduce the risk or allergy. 
  • Consult your doctor before adding anything new to your baby’s diet.
Different foods causing allergy may start showing reactions at different time in different babies. Usually, some foods start causing reaction within few minutes, some may show within two hours or some may even start showing it after four to six hours. If you suspect any kind of allergy in your baby, you must immediately consult a doctor. It is also important to note that not only foods but also there are various other factors that can cause allergy in babies.

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Toom smith.5 years ago
Hi all
I have a question and I want to your reply on this what I can do in case of food allergy can anyone give me a chart of allergy products

http://www.econatural.ie/
 
 
 
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Ranjan.8 years ago
my baby is 1 year old. i mash the vegetable properly before giving him.
 
 
 
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Sangeeta B..8 years ago
it would be more useful stuff if information of when to start these solid stuff would have being provided with each category. especially fruits and vegetables.
 
 
 
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Lakshimi D.8 years ago
this is very useful. it would be very helpful if it also says when to start what.
 
 
 
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Mahisha.8 years ago
its really helpful and interesting page.
 
 
 
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padmalaya.8 years ago
this page is good.my baby is now 9months.i don't know what food to give and how to givealso please tell me preparartion of food.
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karishma.8 years ago
my baby is going to be 7 months old ps send me some diet chart for my girl
my email add is miss_sehtty@yahoo.com
it would be of great help, do give the time table of what should be given when
 
 
 
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Chitra.8 years ago
this is in response to the omment posted by gulam younossi, md. sir, i have to say that you are very mistaken whatever your credentials may be. i started giving my daughter semi solids from the age of 5 months including pureed fruits, vegetables and rice and pulse water (dal aur chawal ka pani). by the age of 8 months she was eating chapati with dal and vegetables. she was on formula from the very beginning and i took care to give her enough fluids and milk till the end of first year. by the end of 7th month i had started her fully on cow's milk.and let me tell you - she turned out fine!! even her doctor in usa told us she didn't need to take any vitamins etc as she was already on a balanced diet. and because of all the foods i introduced at an early age, she is not a picky eater. she eats everything from indian cuisine to italian. she isn't fazed by the spices and still takes more than the required amount of milk and yogurt. babies can basically adapt themselves to any kind of diet and ofcourse you have to take care not to overburden their systems. but that's it!!
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anantha.8 years ago
hi,
this site is really interesting.i have a 8 months old baby and initially he had allergy to the formula.i still breastfeed him.now i am going to india and thinking of weaning.can i give him cow's milk instead of formula???please advise if someone did that.thank you.
 
 
 
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Anand.8 years ago
the 'other' milk can be started earlier specially in a case where baby's diet increases fastly and mother is not able to cope .
 
 
 
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