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how to tell if a baby is allergic to a food?!

what are signs/symptoms that a baby has an allergy for a certain food?

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smb87

Asked by smb87 at 5:55 PM on Jun. 12, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • It can very, but most of the time it will be redness, swelling around the mouth or difficulty breathing. Most of the time the reaction will happen within minutes of consuming the food. Occasionally, a baby can eat the same food 2-3 times without a reaction and then have a reaction the 4th or 5th time. Thats why they recommend the 4 day rule...give a new food for 4 days before introducing anything else new. Keep in mind that babies can have reactions that are not allergies too. It could upset their stomach, cause constipation or runny stools, etc. Acidic foods can give heart burn and diaper rash. If you see any other symptoms related to a new food, discontinue feeding it and re-introduce in another month or two. A lot of time sensitivities will go away in time.
    ANGIE409

    Answer by ANGIE409 at 8:29 PM on Jun. 12, 2009

  • when my baby is sensitive to a food she breaks out on her cheeks thank god i havent had any of the other scary reactions yet.
    Nychic155

    Answer by Nychic155 at 9:32 PM on Jun. 12, 2009

  • AS FOUND ON: How will I know if a food is upsetting my baby? Begin with single-ingredient foods and space the introduction of each new food at least one week apart. If your baby has a reaction, you'll know what to blame. The most usual signs of food allergy are: * bloating and gassiness * a sandpaper-like raised red rash on the face * runny nose and watery eyes * diarrhea or mucousy stools * a red rash around the anus (we call this the "target sign.") * generally cranky behavior * vomiting or increased spitting-up

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:57 AM on Jun. 13, 2009

  • Ok that loaded funny and doesn't look right... it was supposed to say.....
    AS FOUND ON: http://www.askdrsears.com/html/3/t032000.asp (it's from a larger article)

    How will I know if a food is upsetting my baby?

    Begin with single-ingredient foods and space the introduction of each new food at least one week apart. If your baby has a reaction, you'll know what to blame. The most usual signs of food allergy are:

    * bloating and gassiness
    * a sandpaper-like raised red rash on the face
    * runny nose and watery eyes
    * diarrhea or mucousy stools
    * a red rash around the anus (we call this the "target sign.")
    * generally cranky behavior
    * vomiting or increased spitting-up
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:00 AM on Jun. 13, 2009

  • Avoiding the allergy trigger foods will help prevent most (if not all) food allergies.
    Before age 1 (this is not a complete list), no soy, dairy, wheat, cheese, citrus, strawberries. Before age 2 (again,not a complete list) no chocolate, nuts or honey (technically not an allergy trigger, honey contains botulism, which can be fatal).
    rkoloms

    Answer by rkoloms at 3:39 PM on Jun. 13, 2009

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