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Are there any foods that I should avoid giving my toddler to prevent allergies?

Hi everyone,

I'm a first-time mom and my little one just turned one. As she's getting older, I'm starting to introduce more foods into her diet besides breast milk and formula. I'm a bit worried about food allergies since they seem to be so common these days.

I was wondering if there are any foods that I should avoid giving my toddler to prevent allergies? I want to make sure I'm doing everything I can to keep her healthy and safe. I've heard conflicting information about certain foods like peanuts and eggs, so I'm not sure what to do.

Any advice or personal experiences would be greatly appreciated! Thank you.

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Hi there,

As a mom of twins, I can definitely understand the concern that comes with introducing new foods to toddlers. One food item that I would recommend avoiding or being extra cautious with is citrus fruits like oranges and lemons. These fruits can be acidic and cause irritation in some children's mouths and stomachs, leading to discomfort and potential allergic reactions.

Another item to be cautious with is cow's milk. Some children can have an intolerance or allergy to cow's milk, and it's important to introduce it gradually to see how your child reacts. You may want to consider alternatives like soy or almond milk as an option.

Finally, it's important to watch out for any hidden allergens in packaged foods or snacks. Always check the label for any potential allergens before introducing new foods to your child, and be wary of cross-contamination in shared kitchen spaces.

In general, it's important to introduce new foods one at a time and watch for any reactions or adverse symptoms. Don't be too hard on yourself if your child is a picky eater or takes time to warm up to new foods - every child is different, and the most important thing is to keep your child safe and healthy. Good luck!


Greetings everyone,

As a parent of a child with multiple food allergies, I understand the apprehension that comes with introducing new and different foods to young ones. One food to be cautious about is corn or corn-based products. Although corn allergies may not be as common or well-known compared to other allergens, it is still a food item that should be monitored when introducing it to a young child.

Sesame seeds are another food that can be easily overlooked or not taken seriously when it comes to food allergies. Sesame allergies are becoming more common, especially among those who have nut allergies. It's important to check ingredient labels for sesame seeds or sesame oil in packaged foods, as it can be a common ingredient in foods that we may not even think of.

Lastly, introducing certain spices or seasoning blends in cooking can be a bit of a grey area. It's always best to introduce new spices gradually, especially if they have a strong flavor or smell. Some parents opt to avoid adding salt or seasoning altogether, depending on their child's tolerance.

It's important to have a good line of communication with your child's pediatrician and an allergist, especially if your child has known allergies or has family history of allergies. Remember, it's better to be cautious than sorry, and to always be aware of potential allergens and avoid cross-contamination during meal preparation.


Hi there!

As a mom with a toddler who has a known allergy to eggs, I would suggest being extra cautious with introducing eggs into your little one's diet. I would recommend starting with small amounts or introducing it in baked goods before trying scrambled or hard-boiled eggs.

Peanuts are another common allergen, so it's important to talk to your pediatrician about when and how to introduce peanuts to your child's diet. Recent research suggests that introducing peanut products early on can actually help prevent peanut allergies.

Other potential allergens to watch out for include dairy, wheat, soy, and tree nuts. It's always a good idea to introduce new foods one at a time and watch for any symptoms of an allergic reaction, such as hives, difficulty breathing, or vomiting.

Ultimately, every child is different and may have a unique set of allergies or sensitivities. It's important to keep your pediatrician informed and to trust your instincts when it comes to your child's diet. Good luck!


Hello there,

As a mom with a child who developed allergies at an early age, I can definitely relate to your situation. One food item that I would suggest to avoid or introduce gradually is seafood. Seafood is known to have high allergen content, especially shellfish, which can trigger mild to severe allergic reactions. Also, it is important to note that illnesses can cause a disruption in the digestive system of babies, and can cause an onset of food allergies, so it's important to be mindful when introducing new foods when your child is recovering.

It's also important to note that certain food items that we take for granted like nuts, fruits, and vegetables can cause allergic reactions in some children, so being mindful of what you feed them and how you feed them is key. My suggestion would be to consult with your pediatrician, especially if there is a family history of food allergies, and they will be able to guide you accordingly.

Ultimately it's best to be on the safe side and introduce new foods gradually and watch for any allergic reactions or intolerance signs. I hope this helps and good luck to you!


Hi everyone,

As a mom of two, I have some experience with introducing different foods to toddlers. One food item that I would suggest avoiding for toddlers under the age of 2 is honey. Honey can contain botulism spores that can cause a rare but serious form of food poisoning in infants. It's a good idea to wait until your child is older before introducing this sweet treat.

Other common allergens to be aware of include milk, soy, and wheat. It's a good idea to introduce these foods gradually and watch for any symptoms of an allergic reaction. Reactions can range from mild symptoms like hives and watery eyes to more severe symptoms like difficulty breathing and anaphylaxis.

If your family has a history of food allergies, it's important to be extra cautious when introducing new foods. Talk to your pediatrician about the best way to introduce potential allergens and what to look out for in case of an allergic reaction.

Ultimately, it's important to trust your instincts as a parent and to be aware of any potential allergic reactions. With a little caution and patience, you can help your toddler safely explore the world of food. Good luck!

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