Food allergy | Signs and Symptoms of Food Allergy in Baby

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Signs and Symptoms of Food Allergy in Baby. Symptoms of food allergy in the baby may appear
a few minutes to a few hours after eating the food and may manifest through the skin,
digestive tract and respiratory tract of the baby. The most common signs and symptoms that can
occur due to allergy to a food are: Reddish, swollen, scattered patches on the
body; Generalized itching;
Vomiting and diarrhea; Gases and colic;
Swelling of the tongue, lips and face; Coughing and wheezing;
Difficulty breathing; Running nose. In addition to these symptoms, in more severe
cases there may be loss of consciousness, so it is very important to pay attention to
the first signs whenever a new food is introduced into the baby’s diet. What to do to avoid a food allergy. Due to the fact that the baby’s immune system
is still immature, some foods should be avoided during the first year of life because they
can cause allergies such as cow’s milk, eggs, nuts, shellfish, soybeans, strawberries, blackberries,
peaches, kiwis , honey and gluten, which is a protein present in rye, wheat and barley
that can produce a food intolerance, especially if introduced very early, before 6 months. However, these foods can be introduced into
the diet before the first year of life, but should be introduced one at a time, and it
should be expected between 3 and 5 days before adding another new food, in order to realize
which food is at the origin of the allergic reaction. In addition, during breastfeeding, it is not
recommended that the mother eat nuts and peanuts to prevent the child from developing an allergy
to these foods. The pediatrician may also recommend removing the egg, fish, and seafood
from the mother’s diet in cases where the parent or close family members have allergies. How to identify food allergy. If you have already given some baby food without
first testing it to identify the food allergy, a good rule of thumb is to remove some foods
from the diet, noting each one on a schedule and leaving them out of the baby’s meals during
about 5 days. If the food allergy symptoms in the baby begin to disappear, it means that
the baby is allergic to one of those foods. The pediatrician may also indicate a food
allergy test to determine which food or foods to which he is allergic. Food allergy to cow’s milk protein. A common food allergy in infants is allergy
to cow’s milk protein, which can occur even during breastfeeding. As cow’s milk protein passes into breast milk,
breast-feeding babies are recommended to eliminate cow’s milk from the mother’s diet and substitute
milk with other calcium-rich foods, such as beans, tofu, so that the baby can nurse normally. If the baby is fed infant formula, it may
also suffer an allergic reaction and therefore one should opt for extensively hydrolyzed
or amino acid based formulas, in which the cow’s protein is degraded and does not induce
an allergic reaction.

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