Infant Allergy Prevention – How to Reduce the Risk of Developing a Food Allergy in Infants

Did you know that an infant with severe eczema or immediate family history (1st degree relative) of allergies, is considered at risk of developing a food allergy?

Infants that already have an egg allergy and/or  severe eczema are at increased risk of developing a peanut allergy.

Recommendations

  • All infants should be given the common food allergens (peanuts, tree nuts, cow’s milk, egg, wheat, soy, sesame, fish and shellfish), introduced in any age appropriate form (eg smooth peanut butter/paste, cooked egg), before 12 months of age. This includes infants considered to have an increased risk of developing food allergy.
  • Infants who are already allergic to a particular food should NOT be given that food.
  • Introduce 1 new food at a time so if reaction occurs, the problem food can be more easily identified. If the food is tolerated continue to offer this as part of a varied diet.
  • Exclusion of particular foods from the maternal diet during pregnancy or breastfeeding is not recommended.
  • Contact your GP if you suspect your infant has a food allergy.

As a mum of three young tearaways, I understand the challenges of juggling a busy work/life schedule and making sure that the little ones get a little bit of everything in their diet. I have always tried to ensure variety mixing up natural yogurts, fruits, nuts, vegetables and yes, even a little candy now and then. All good things in moderation 🙂 While I am fortunate my little ones do not have any specific food allergies, I worked hard to introduce them to different food groups in stages to ensure I had the opportunity to identity problematic groups before they became a serious problem.

I’d be delighted to share what I’ve learned with you and I’m available Monday to Friday to discuss any concerns you may have. 

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