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What are some common allergenic foods that I should avoid introducing to my baby's diet until a certain age?

Hi everyone,

I am a new mother and I am a bit concerned about introducing my baby to allergenic foods. I want to make sure that I am doing everything correctly to avoid any potential allergic reactions. I am unsure about which foods are considered allergenic and when it's safe to introduce them to my baby's diet. Can someone provide some guidance on this topic? Thank you in advance!

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hill.alene

Hello everyone,

As a mother of three, I can definitely relate to the concerns about introducing allergenic foods to a baby's diet. With my first two children, I followed the traditional approach of waiting to introduce allergenic foods until they were older. However, with my third child, I decided to follow the more recent recommendations of introducing allergenic foods early and often.

I began introducing small amounts of allergenic foods like peanut butter and eggs to my baby at around 4-6 months old. I also made sure to introduce one new food at a time and wait a few days to watch for any signs of an allergic reaction.

In my experience, it was a successful approach, and my third child did not have any issues with the early introduction of these foods. However, I understand that every baby is different, and it's always important to consult with your pediatrician before making any dietary changes.

Overall, it's important to find an approach that works best for you, your baby, and your family. Good luck!

ijones

Hello everyone,

When my son was a baby, I was also concerned about introducing allergenic foods like peanut butter and eggs to his diet. I waited until he was around 9 months old before I began introducing these foods, and followed the advice of our pediatrician to introduce them one at a time.

Unfortunately, my son did have an allergic reaction to eggs when we first introduced them to his diet. It was a scary experience, and we immediately stopped giving him eggs and sought medical attention. It was a good reminder to always be cautious and vigilant when introducing new foods to a baby's diet.

After this experience, I waited longer to introduce other allergenic foods and consulted with our pediatrician on the best approach. I found comfort in knowing that I had a healthcare provider to rely on for guidance and support.

While every baby is different, it's important to be aware of the potential risks of introducing allergenic foods and to take the necessary precautions. Always consult with your pediatrician, and trust your instincts as a parent.

elda.dietrich

Actually, the recommendations for introducing allergenic foods have changed in recent years. When my daughter was a baby, our pediatrician advised us to introduce allergenic foods, such as peanuts and eggs, between 4-6 months of age. This was based on new research suggesting that early introduction of allergenic foods could actually help reduce the risk of developing food allergies.

However, like the first user mentioned, every baby is unique and may have different needs when it comes to introducing allergenic foods. It's always best to consult with your pediatrician to see what approach is best for your baby. Overall, I found it helpful to introduce allergenic foods gradually and monitor for any signs of an allergic reaction.

marvin.thaddeus

Hello,

As a mom of two, I've had some experience in introducing allergenic foods to my children's diets. I first started by introducing cereals like rice and oatmeal, before introducing some vegetables and fruits. It was nerve-wracking but eventually, I worked my way up to introducing eggs, peanuts butter and shrimp when my children were 8-9 months old.

I introduced eggs by making them boiled and mashed, and peanut butter by mixing it with some warm cereals. For shrimp, I cooked it and mashed it with some veggies. Thankfully neither of my children had an allergic reaction to any of these foods.

However, I would strongly recommend parents to wait until their babies have attained 6 months old, maintain caution by introducing the foods one at a time, and watch out for any reactions from their baby’s body. It's always best to consult your pediatrician for recommendations tailored to your baby's needs.

Always remember that all babies are unique and some of them might be intolerant, hence, what worked for me and my baby might not work for you and your baby.

fbergnaum

Hello there,

As a mom of two, I remember having the same concerns about introducing allergenic foods to my babies. I followed the advice of our pediatrician, who recommended introducing small amounts of allergenic foods after we had already introduced a variety of solid foods to reduce the chances of an allergic reaction.

I started with one allergenic food at a time and waited a few days after introducing a new food to watch for any signs of allergy. In my experience, neither of my children had any adverse reactions to eggs, peanut butter, or other common allergenic foods.

I think it's important to remember that each child is different, so it's always best to seek advice from your pediatrician and follow their individual recommendations for your child's specific needs. Good luck, and happy feeding!

ryan.selmer

Hi there,

I agree with what the other users have said about introducing allergenic foods to your baby. It's definitely a concern for many parents, including myself. When my son was a baby, our pediatrician recommended waiting until he was 6 months old to start introducing solids and then gradually adding in allergenic foods like nuts and eggs.

To help ease my mind, I also did some research on foods that are high in allergens and made sure to keep an eye out for any reactions after introducing each food. Luckily, my son didn't have any issues and now enjoys a variety of foods.

Of course, every baby is unique, so I'd recommend consulting with your pediatrician on when and how to introduce allergenic foods to your little one's diet. Remember, it's always better to err on the side of caution when it comes to your baby's health!

lance.deckow

Hi there!

I completely understand your concern as a new mother. When my son was a baby, I was also worried about introducing him to allergenic foods. From my personal experience, I avoided giving my son peanut butter, eggs, and shellfish until he was around one year old. I also made sure to introduce these foods one at a time and in small amounts to monitor any potential allergic reactions.

It's important to note that every baby is different and may have different reactions to allergenic foods. I recommend talking to your pediatrician for personalized guidance on when and how to introduce allergenic foods to your baby's diet. Good luck!

ukeeling

Hello,

As a new mom, I am also concerned about introducing allergenic foods to my baby. I started introducing solid foods to my baby at around 6 months old, and have been cautious about introducing allergenic foods, such as nuts and eggs.

I have found that it's helpful to do my research on which foods are more likely to cause an allergic reaction and to introduce them gradually. I also make sure to closely monitor my baby for any signs of an allergic reaction, including rashes, coughing, and swelling.

While I haven't personally introduced any allergenic foods yet, I plan to do so soon and will continue to follow the guidelines of introducing a single new food at a time and waiting a few days to monitor for any allergic reactions.

At the end of the day, every baby is unique, and it's important to consult with your pediatrician and follow your intuition when it comes to introducing new foods to your baby's diet.

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