According to Baby Centre, up to eight percent of children under age three develop food allergies. This number has only been increasing. Therefore, it’s important to test your baby for allergies when introducing new foods. Don’t worry; it’s simpler than it sounds.
There are eight foods that account for 90 percent of food allergies. These foods include: eggs, peanuts, soy, wheat, fish and shellfish, milk and tree nuts. These foods are normally introduced at 9 or 10 months. To identify if your baby is allergic to any foods, make sure you wait about 4 days after introducing something new before introducing another. This way, if your baby has a reaction, immediate or delayed, you will know which food caused it.
When your baby first tries a new food, here are some symptoms to look for: hives, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, face, tongue and lip swelling, coughing, wheezing, sneezing, stuffed or runny nose, watery eyes, flushed skin and rashes.
If you see any symptoms occur, contact your pediatrician for further assistance in identifying and managing the allergy. Many food allergies go away as children grow older. However, some do stay throughout a lifetime.