Starting Solid Foods Changes Your Baby
When your baby starts to eat solid foods, you may encounter new rashes, and splotches, fussiness or splotches, and even the occasional odd looking poop. Your first thought will probably be, “Oh no, my baby is allergic to [xyz food]?” Don’t let yourself become overly concerned that your little one is doomed to live a life hampered by food allergies. At the bottom of this page, you will find a list of the top 8 foods that most commonly cause food allergies.
Unfortunately, food allergies and preventing them are often two of the biggest concerns that we as parents have when it’s time for our babies to start eating solid foods. It is likely that these reactions will not be related to true food allergies.
The truth, and the good news is that between 2% and 6% of all children in the United States actually have true food allergies and many of these allergies may be outgrown.
You may have heard that delaying the introduction of certain allergenic foods like eggs and wheat will help prevent food allergies. While this used to be the standard recommendation, times they are a changing.
Beginning in 2008, many studies have shown that delaying the introduction of many allergenic foods might not make a difference in the later development of atopic diseases. The term atopic disease applies to conditions like eczema, hay fever, and asthma. Atopy is the hereditary predisposition to allergy or hypersensitivity and as mentioned, symptoms may present as dermatitis (skin rashes, eczema), hay fever, or even as asthma.
Eczema caused by food allergies is just one example of an atopic disease, atopic dermatitis. It is important to note that the studies do not take into consideration anaphylactic reactions. What this means is that waiting to offer your baby eggs until she is 12 months old might not prevent an allergy to eggs. Prior to the release of these studies, the recommendation given by most pediatricians was to wait to feed your baby any potentially allergenic foods until after he turned 12 months old.
- A reaction to a new food might just be a temporary intolerance and not necessarily an allergy to the food.
At the time of publication of this book, the American Academy of Pediatrics and pediatricians are all rethinking the “old school” recommendations when it comes to allergenic foods. The “new school” of thought feels that it just might be more beneficial to offer your baby a greater variety of foods earlier, including nutrient rich allergenic foods such as eggs, than it is to exclude these foods for a 12 month period of time.
Below are the top 8 foods that most commonly cause food allergies.
These foods are known to cause allergic reactions of one sort or another, for babies and for adults alike.
- Tree nuts (walnut, cashew, etc)
- Cow’s Milk
But here’s the good news about food allergies: many children outgrow allergies to eggs and milk and even to other foods.