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When Should I Introduce Common Allergens to My Baby?
When Should I Introduce Common Allergens to My Baby?

Introducing Allergens to Your Baby

Updated over a week ago

Introducing common food allergens to babies is an important step that can help prevent the development of food allergies. According to the latest recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics:

Timing of Introduction:

  • The AAP recommends introducing peanuts and other common allergens before a baby's first birthday. This early introduction has been associated with a reduced risk of developing allergies to these foods.

Common Allergens Include:

  • Cow's Milk

  • Eggs

  • Peanuts

  • Sesame

  • Shellfish

  • Soy

  • Tree Nuts

  • Wheat

Guidelines for Introduction:

  • No Need to Delay: There is no need to delay the introduction of food allergens once solids are started. This applies to all babies, regardless of their risk for allergies.

  • Monitoring: While the older guideline suggested waiting for 3 days between introducing new non-allergenic foods, this is no longer deemed necessary for all foods. However, some parents may choose to introduce common allergens individually to easily identify the cause in case of a reaction.

  • Acidic Foods: Note that acidic foods like fruits and tomatoes may cause a temporary rash around the mouth, chin, or cheeks. This is generally harmless and should clear up shortly after eating.

Identifying Reactions:

  • Common symptoms of a food allergy reaction include rashes, hives, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Reactions can vary, so observing your baby closely after introducing new foods is important.

Risk Factors:

  • Babies with eczema, asthma, or a family history of allergies may have a higher risk of developing food allergies. Consulting with your pediatrician for a personalized introduction plan is recommended for babies with these risk factors.

Consultation with Healthcare Professionals:

  • Discuss any concerns regarding allergens with your pediatrician, especially if your baby has risk factors for allergies. Your pediatrician can provide guidance tailored to your baby's health and family history.

Introducing common allergens as part of your baby's diet can be done safely and is encouraged to potentially reduce the risk of developing food allergies. Always follow the latest guidelines from healthcare professionals and the AAP when planning your baby's diet.

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