Everyone wants what is best for their babies. Of course they do! And when your baby reacts to something you give them in a way that you might not have seen happen before, you might start to freak out. A food allergy might just be one of those cases where you give your child something seemingly innocent to eat, but it ends up harming your baby. Worried? Don’t be. Here is all the info you’ll need about food allergies!
What is a food allergy?
A food allergy is when your baby’s immune system has an adverse reaction to a food that contains maybe certain harmless protein, and tries to fight it by producing antibodies. If your baby is allergic to a certain kind of food, then the baby is likely to show a reaction within a few minutes of consuming the food.
Are food allergies common?
In babies and young kids, food allergies are a common occurrence. Almost eight percent of all babies under 3 years have some kind of allergy. Kids who have a family history of food or other allergies like asthma or eczema are more likely to have food allergies. Eczema is known to have the closest link to food allergies.
Which foods are most allergy-causing?
The most common causes of food allergies are milk, eggs, peanuts and other nuts.
What are the symptoms of allergies?
It is usually easy to tell if your child is allergic to some food. The symptoms include rashes around the mouth, nose and eyes (which could spread around the body), mild swelling of lips, eyes and face, runny or blocked nose, watery eyes, sneezing, irritated throat and itchy mouth. If the allergy is severe, then the kid might even have nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea, wheezing and breathing difficulties, throat and tongue swelling and a sudden drop in BP. this last symptom could be life-threatening. If this happens, call an ambulance immediately!
Some allergies may have a delayed onset or response, because different parts of the body’s immune system are affected. If this happens and you notice an allergic reaction later, then be sure to consult a physician or a doctor.
Is there a way to stop a baby from developing an allergy?
This is debatable and no one can say for sure. Some doctors feel that breastfeeding will help the baby in developing a lesser risk of allergies. Others say that what a mother eats during her pregnancy might affect the babies in getting their food allergies.
Can an allergy be cured?
There is no specific cure for allergies found yet. There are still studies going on to find out how allergies can be prevented and treated. Your child may eventually grow out of the allergy, but this again depends on what the child is allergic to.
Once you have found out that your child is allergic to certain foods, then you should probably follow your doctor’s advice and avoid trigger foods. For example, if your kid is allergic to eggs, s/he might still be able to eat foods that contain eggs in a different form. In the case of a severe allergy, you might have to completely stop consuming the food in any form.