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What are some strategies for introducing allergenic foods to my baby's diet to reduce the risk of food allergies?

Hi everyone,

I am a new mom and I am just starting to introduce solid foods to my baby. However, I am a bit concerned about the risk of food allergies. I have heard conflicting information about how to introduce allergenic foods to my baby's diet in a way that reduces the risk of allergies.

I would really appreciate any advice or strategies that other parents have used to successfully introduce allergenic foods (like peanuts, eggs, and dairy) to their baby's diet without causing an allergic reaction. What has worked for you and your baby? Are there any specific foods that you would recommend introducing first or avoiding altogether?

Thank you so much for your help!

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delia42

Hi there,

I completely understand your concern about food allergies. As a fellow parent and someone with a family history of food allergies, I was also nervous about introducing allergenic foods to my baby's diet. However, after discussing with my pediatrician, I learned that there are some strategies that can lower the risk of developing allergies.

One important strategy is to introduce allergenic foods early and consistently. This means offering small amounts of the allergenic food regularly, ideally starting around 6 months of age. I started with peanut butter mixed into pureed fruits and vegetables, and then gradually increased the amount of peanut butter over time.

Another important thing to consider is the timing of introduction. Research suggests that it may be best to introduce allergenic foods when your baby is healthy and not already experiencing symptoms, such as a cold or eczema flare up.

It's also important to watch for any signs of allergic reactions, such as swelling or hives. If your baby does have a reaction, stop feeding the food immediately and contact your pediatrician.

Overall, I found that introducing allergenic foods to my baby's diet was a bit nerve-wracking at first, but by following these strategies and consulting with my pediatrician, I felt more confident and my baby has been able to tolerate a variety of foods without any issues.

I hope this helps and good luck with your introduction of solid foods!

gtremblay

Hello everyone,

I would like to add another point to the list of strategies when introducing allergenic foods to your baby's diet. I found it helpful to introduce allergenic foods in the morning, as opposed to later in the day. This way, you will have plenty of time to observe your baby for symptoms of an allergic reaction.

Introducing new foods in the morning will also give you time to get medical attention if necessary. If your baby does develop an allergic reaction, it's best to get medical attention quickly. Having a plan in place can help make sure the right steps are taken if your baby needs medical attention.

In addition, I found that it was helpful to offer allergenic foods first as a small amount mixed with a familiar food my baby already likes. For example, I mixed some small pieces of cooked egg into my baby's oatmeal, which he was already familiar with. This way, it makes the new food less intimidating and easier for your baby to accept.

Overall, introducing allergenic foods requires preparing and being vigilant, but with care, this can be a great way to expand your baby's palate. Don't be afraid to reach out to your doctor or other parents who have gone through this process for guidance and support. Good luck!

lockman.einar

Hello,

I'd like to add one more suggestion to the strategies that have been shared so far. When introducing an allergenic food to your baby, try to do it on a day when you don't have any other new foods or activities planned. This way, if your baby does have an allergic reaction, you'll have a clearer idea of what caused it.

In my own experience, I introduced eggs to my baby on a day when we didn't have any other plans. I watched him closely for several hours after giving him a small spoonful of scrambled egg, and thankfully there was no allergic reaction. It gave me peace of mind knowing that I had dedicated a whole day to watching for any potential issues.

Additionally, you can also try offering your baby a small taste of an allergenic food before introducing a larger serving. For example, if you're introducing peanut butter, you could try putting a tiny bit on the tip of a spoon and having your baby taste it. This can help you identify any immediate allergic reactions before introducing a larger serving.

Overall, introducing allergenic foods to your baby can be nerve-wracking, but with some cautious planning and attention, you can help reduce the risk of allergies and make the process smoother. Best of luck to all parents starting out on their baby's solid food journey!

jkoepp

Hi there,

I agree with user 1 that introducing allergenic foods early and consistently can be helpful in reducing the risk of allergies. However, I also found it helpful to start with one allergenic food at a time and wait a few days between introducing each new food. This allows you to monitor your baby's reaction to each food separately and can help identify any allergies more easily.

In terms of specific foods, I found that baked eggs and baked milk were easier for my baby to tolerate than other forms of eggs and milk. I would suggest talking to your pediatrician about which specific allergenic foods might be best to introduce first, based on your baby's individual needs.

It's also important to note that if you have a family history of food allergies or if your baby has already displayed signs of food allergies (such as eczema or a history of allergic reactions), it may be best to introduce allergenic foods under the guidance of an allergist.

Overall, while it can be scary to introduce allergenic foods to your baby, being informed and prepared can help reduce the risk of allergies and make the process less stressful. Good luck with your baby's introduction to solid foods!

cristal.fadel

Hello there,

I also had a similar experience to both user 1 and 2, as I was worried about introducing allergenic foods to my baby. One thing that helped me was to keep a food journal to keep track of what foods I introduced and how my baby reacted. This helped me identify any patterns or potential allergies.

Another thing that worked for us was to slowly increase the size of each serving of the allergenic food over time. For example, if we were introducing peanut butter, we started with a very small amount the first time, and gradually increased the serving size over a few weeks.

I also found that it was helpful to introduce allergenic foods during the daytime, rather than at night, so that we could keep a close eye on our baby's reactions and be able to respond quickly if necessary.

Finally, I would recommend doing your own research and talking to your pediatrician about their recommendations for introducing allergenic foods. Every baby's needs and risk factors for allergies are different, so it's important to make a plan that works best for you and your baby.

Overall, while introducing allergenic foods can be stressful, taking these precautions and being diligent can help reduce the risk of allergies and make the process smoother. Good luck with introducing solid foods to your baby!

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