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      Food allergies and foods to avoid

      Weaning

      Introducing foods that are more likely to cause Allergies

      As your little one progresses through weaning they will continue to expand their diet by introducing exciting new foods.

      It is important to be aware that there are some foods that are more likely to trigger an allergic reaction.
      These foods can be offered from around 6 months, as your little one is ready#. Introduce these foods one at a time and in small amounts to start with.

       

      Food that may cause an allergic reaction

      Some foods are more likely to cause an allergic reaction than others, and are worth watching out for:

      • Cow's milk and other milk based products
      • Cereals containing gluten (including wheat, barley and rye)
      • Eggs
      • Fish
      • Nuts & peanuts (offer ground of crushed only. Do not give whole nuts of any kind do children under 5 years as they pose a choking risk)
      • Soya
      • Shellfish (serve cooked)
      • Sesame and other seeds (serve ground or crushed only)
      • Mustard
      • Lupin
      • Sulphur dioxide
      • Celery

      Your little one is more likely to develop an allergy if you have a family history of asthma, eczema, hay fever or a particular food allergy. If any of these apply, or if you know your little one already has a food allergy or eczema then speak to your health visitor or GP before introducing foods to your baby. {can be in smaller print as dis

      When a food is successfully introduced without your baby showing signs of a reaction you  should continue to offer the food regularly.

       

      What are the symptoms of food allergies?

      It is possible that your little one could have an allergic reaction when a new food is introduced. It is useful to know some of the common symptoms to watch out for are:

      • Coughing
      • Dry, itchy throat and tongue
      • Itchy skin or rash
      • Nausea and feeling bloated
      • Diarrhoea and/or vomiting
      • Wheezing and shortness of breath
      • Swelling of the lips and throat
      • Runny or blocked nose
      • Sore, red and itchy eyes

      If you are concerned then stop feeding that food item and speak to a healthcare professional.In the case of a severe reaction seek emergency medical help.

      What to do if your baby has a food allergy

       

      If your baby has a food allergy or eczema, or if you have a family history of allergies you may need to be more careful when introducing complementary foods. Make an appointment with your doctor or health visitor so that they can provide advise on how to manage the introduction of complementary foods.

       

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